Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Monday told Bill O'Reilly that the pepper spray that was used on UC Davis protesters last week is essentially a food product.
Since then, a petition has been posted on the Web site Change.org, asking Kelly to back up her claim by eating as much pepper spray as was used on each protester's face.
The petition was listed as created by Nick Douglas, from New York, who is the founding editor of Slacktory and former editor of Gawker Media's Valleywag and AOL's Urlesque.
I'm petitioning Ms. Kelly to eat or drink a full dose of pepper spray and broadcast it on Fox News, Douglas wrote in a post on Slacktory.
UC Davis Lt. John Pike recently sprayed nonviolent protesters who were sitting on the ground with pepper spray, which left many wondering if his act was the use of excessive force.
O'Reilly asked Kelly if pepper spray just burns the eyes, to which she replied:
Right. I mean it's like a derivative of actual pepper. It's a food product, essentially.
Her words set off an immediate reaction.
According to the petition, Kelly's claim that pepper spray is a food product, essentially is of course, ridiculous.
To back up your claim that pepper spray is a food product, please consume as much of it as was sprayed on each protestor's face, in one sitting, on camera at Fox News, the petition read. You may mix the spray with one serving of food or drink, as I am not a sadist. Then, please relate the effects to your audience.
As of 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, the petition had received 6,434 signatures out of 7,500.
Don't worry, it's basically a vegetable. Even more-so than pizza! one person said under the Why People Are Signing section of the site.
Because if pepper spray is a food product, then it shouldn't be a problem to eat it, right? I suggest the classic scrambled eggs approach, but that's just me. Deviled eggs would be nice too, another wrote.
Change.org is a site for citizens to launch online campaigns for their causes.
Watch Kelly on O'Reilly below: