He peppered his remarks with guys and man, slangy tics that also ask for solidarity from male viewers.
I don’t know that I agree with this.
These are both nouns that in the technical sense do refer to males, but in the colloquial sense just mean “everyone.”
Saying, “Listen now, guys,” is the equivalent of saying, “Listen now, everyone.”
In a way it’s similar to how, in Spanish, the word chicas refers to a group of females, but the word chicos can be used to describe a group that is composed of males and females.
Now, using a male-centric word to refer to the plurality of males and females (and everyone else who doesn’t fall into those categories, too, I guess) is problematic. I’m not saying that it isn’t. Many of us have become cognitive of those problems and are working on phasing these gender-centric words out of usage.
But that doesn’t mean Kelly was intentionally addressing his remarks to men.
And, of course, I am not attempting to defend Kelly. By all appearances, he seems to be a real shit-stain of a human being.