November 23, 2011 at 04:55 PM EST
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Though the pranksters of the Internet might beg to differ, blinding pepper spray is no laughing matter. Fox News firebrand Megyn Kelly appeared on The O’Reilly Factor recently to argue the legal ramifications of last Friday’s altercation between Occupy UC Davis protesters and campus police. Said Kelly, pepper spray “is a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product essentially.” (A food product that sent two people to the hospital, mind you.) “Listen, I know the tape looks bad,” she admitted, but police officers at UC Davis were within their rights to use force (and pepper spray) on the nonviolent protesters, she argued. See the full interview below. UPDATE: Kelly has explained her comments to TVNewser: “[O’Reilly] wanted me to tell him what is in pepper spray, so I told him what the active ingredient is. That’s all I meant to convey… not that I meant it’s a snack! … I think what happened was people didn’t watch the whole segment and assumed I was diminishing it. In no way did I mean to diminish what was happening.”

What do you think, PopWatchers? Does Kelly have a point with her by-the-book reasoning? Or was the scuffle at UC Davis beyond reason?

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