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Fox News contributor calls Gabby Petito a ‘huge distraction’

Fox News contributor calls Gabby Petito a ‘huge distraction’
Petito’s case is like a Lifetime movie or an ‘ongoing mini-series for America’, says Raymond Arroyo

Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo has come under fire for calling the Gabby Petito case a “huge distraction” from political matters.

A clip of Mr Arroyo speaking on Fox News was uploaded by TikToker Morgan S’more on Sunday and has since gone viral. Dans la vidéo, Mr Arroyo seems to claim that the media was giving more attention to Petito’s case than other matters.

“With all that’s happening in the world, what’s happening in our southern border and abroad and at home, I think this entire story is a huge distraction, forgive me,” Mr Arroyo said, selon le Daily Dot.

“This is like a lifetime movie, an ongoing mini-series for America but I think it’s basically a local story, it’s a missing person," il ajouta. “I hope they get to the bottom of it, but I do worry we’re spending way too much time on this case.”

The video angered some as it came on the day the FBI announced they found a body believed to be the missing van-life blogger in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Several users took to Twitter to denounce Mr Arroyo’s comments, though some also agreed with him.

“@RaymondArroyo is everything wrong with this country. Individual lives matter. All lives matter,” wrote a user called Paul Murray. “To say the death of someone is a distraction shows a classless lack of empathy. Utterly disgusting!"

“Raymond Arroyo I am so sorry you are being distracted by the missing of a young woman who might not come back alive," a écrit un autre utilisateur, Carole Bruns. “I hope the families [family’s] fear and dread does not bother you too much. All other news is being reported constantly. Gabby Petito is important also.”

Mr Arroyo, pourtant, reiterated his point on Twitter and posted an FBI list of missing children and adults “who get little coverage.”

A user responding to Mr Arroyo’s tweet wrote in his support: “Gabby Petito is the latest manifestation of the Missing White Woman Syndrome.”

The disappearance of the 22-year-old woman in late August has drawn widespread attention and has become a national concern.

Mme Petito a disparu lors d'un voyage sur la route avec son fiancé Brian Blanchisserie, qui est revenu sans elle, prompting a frantic search since 11 septembre. Mr Laundrie was later named a person of interest in the search.

Monsieur Laundrie left the home he shared with his parents last Tuesday, leur disant qu'il était faire une randonnée dans la réserve voisine de Carlton. Le lundi, police said they had “exhausted all avenues” for finding Ms Petito’s fiancé. The search for Mr Laundrie is still underway.

The headline of this article was amended on 22 septembre 2021. It previously referred to Raymond Arroyo as a Fox News host. He is not a Fox News host, but a contributor.