For aspiring comedian Addie Weyrich, the same men who told her she needed a cover for her tail turned out to be the perfect butt of her jokes.
The 19-year-old Fairmount native and New York University student studying comedy in the Big Apple is in the midst of a long-running joke — one involving three graying, judgmental “Fox & Friends” panelists, and daily YouTube videos she posts about her attire.
On Thursday, Weyrich will post a video to YouTube for the 50th straight day. It's a simple gag: one that asks those Fox News talking heads for their approval of her outfit.
In a cable news world known for endless pontificating, "Fox & Friends" has remained remarkably silent in response to Weyrich's videos.
Fox did not respond to multiple calls from a reporter seeking comment.
Weyrich's online satire originated Oct. 24 after she watched an online clip of four men, including Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" reality TV fame, judging the decisions of three women to wear tight-fitting workout apparel outside of the gym.
When Philly.com first caught up with Weyrich, she was on Day 29. It was the day before Thanksgiving. On that day, she plucked her favorite purple sweater out of her hamper and sniffed. Nope, wasn’t washed. She then dug into a pile of winter clothes on her bedroom floor and picked out a purple and black alternative.
"Oh, I haven't seen this in awhile. I'll just wear this," she said prior to peering into the webcam.
The video then began as they all do, with Weyrich in front of the backdrop of the cluttered bedroom of a teenager, asking Fox & Friends for their approval of her baggy outfit: “Is this OK? I just really need your help!”
Weyrich, now in her second year as a comedy major at NYU, found the now infamous Facebook post when a friend shared the Fox & Friends clip. The friend added, in disgust, “Oh, goodie, the patriarchy is alive and well!”
In the segment, host Steve Doocy asked a panel of middle-aged men to scrutinize three women who paraded before them in yoga pants and to judge whether the outfits were appropriate.
"Are you comfortable with the women in your life parading in public in leggings?" Doocy asked panelist Robertson, the star of Duck Dynasty.
Robertson gave the OK, as long as the woman’s shirt covered her “lady parts.” Doocy himself described some of those, ahem, parts as “the tail.”
Fox News' Arthur Aidala, another panelist, made special note of one model’s shapely "physique."
"God bless you!” Aidala said. “You've worked out. You've earned that!” He then added: "We all took nitroglycerin pills before she came on, just to make sure."
As Weyrich watched the segment, she became indignant by how leering and weird the men were toward the models. The next day, when she went to class and shared her anger about the clip, a fellow student suggested Weyrich film a satirical video for the panelists and volunteer her appearance for judgment.
She countered: "I'll do one every day."
The first video, posted Oct. 28, showed her bouncing around her dorm room in front of her smartphone wearing a sweater with a high collar, her nails painted black.
"I'm someone who's always kind of struggled with the question: Are leggings pants?" she deadpanned. "Your video was very helpful."
She spun and twirled in her living room, swinging out a few flimsy kicks.
"I hope that's OK," she said. She then raised her eyebrows and added, "I am covering … my tail. Is I think what you guys called it?"
Now 50 videos in, her goal remains the same: To make guys realize they can’t tell women what to do — and in this particular instance, what to wear.
Fox & Friends has so far ignored her video campaign.
Weyrich says she’s always had an independent streak. She started attending comedy clubs at the age of 14 with her parents. (Disclosure: Weyrich is the daughter of Ronnie Polaneczky, a Daily News columnist. The Daily News is owned by Philly.com’s parent company, Philadelphia Media Network).
By 16, she was riding a bus alone to New York City for improv classes with the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Training Center, which counts Amy Poehler as an alum.
Her daily videos run from one to three minutes. Weyrich usually dresses for comfort, with leggings, loose tops and boots. She said she doesn't purposely wear leggings to goad those Fox News show hosts.
“They're fleece-lined and it's cold outside and they go with everything," she said of the leggings. "I don't like to wear anything that I can't cartwheel or climb a tree in, as like a general rule.”
She added that she earned a black belt in karate at an early age, so "if I can't kick in these why would I buy them? I can't defend myself."
"It's a very small, simple project," Weyrich said of the videos, "but I'm trying to have it represent a lot."
She shrugs off Fox’s non-response.
"I'm playing the long game," she said.