Pink Sweater “Joke” Proves Steve Keeley Really Is the Biggest Tool in Local Media

“I don't think this is appropriate,” Mike Jerrick told Keeley on the air.

Fox 29 screenshot.

Fox 29 screenshot.

Two weeks after Fox 29 morning host Mike Jerrick was suspended briefly after making a vulgar comment about Donald Trump mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway, it is perpetually tan Fox 29 “reporter” Steve Keeley who finds himself on the wrong side of some on-air remarks — which were directed at Jerrick.

It happened just after 9 a.m. on Thursday during the morning show. Keeley was doing an in-the-field segment on the Great Snow Day of 2017 — you may remember Keeley once getting wiped out by a snow plow during a similar segment — when he took note of Jerrick’s bright pink sweater.

You can watch the whole thing go down in the video below. But basically, Keeley recounts what would have happened in high school to a kid who wore a pink sweater.

In the end, he manages to get Jerrick to put one hand on his hip and the other on his shoulder in some sort of pose that, in Keeley’s poorly developed brain, is apparently effeminate before Jerrick realizes what’s happening and tells him, “I don’t think this is appropriate.” Jerrick quickly launches into the “I’m a Little Teapot” gestures. “I’m, I’m, I’m sure I’ll think that’s funny later,” Keeley responds.

One person who doesn’t think it’s the least bit funny is Dan Haney, a married father-of-three from Feltonville. Haney was the first to point out Keeley’s “joke,” calling it “homophobic” on Twitter.

“Anyone making remarks like this, or any remarks that mock or make fun of other lifestyles, is inappropriate,” Haney tells Philly Mag. “Especially from someone in the public spotlight. This just perpetuates the issue of bullying. I’m not perfect. I’ve said things myself in the past that I’m not proud of. But I’ve evolved, and I have seen that deep down, we are all the same. And we should treat all people — no matter what their differences — the same way we want to be treated.”

No comment yet from Keeley, Jerrick, or station management.

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