On Friday, Amanda Fortini wrote a pretty good article about what seems like a Free Pass for Sexism if the perpetrator has good cred with the Liberal Democrat Establishment.
“If there was any question that a stubborn strain of old-school sexism persists in Obama’s America, one has only to look at certain leaders of what the right wing loves to call the “liberal media” but which is sounding and acting, recently, more like the frat-house media. There, like a virus hiding in the body before, perhaps, staging a comeback, misogyny has found a place to lurk almost undetected, at least by the usually sharp eyes of progressive feminists.
Examine the symptoms of this infection, beginning with David Letterman’s comments (widely noted but insufficiently analyzed) about Sarah Palin “buying makeup at Bloomingdale’s to update her slutty flight attendant look,” as well as his joke about Palin’s teenage daughter: “Sarah Palin went to a Yankees Game yesterday … during the seventh inning stretch, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” (Letterman insists he was talking about her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, who actually had been, well, knocked up, not her 14-year-old, Willow, the daughter who attended the game.) A week before these remarks aired, there was an uglier outbreak of the contagion in the pages of Playboy — never a bastion of egalitarian forward thinking, but still – where writer Guy Cimbalo published a list of 10 conservative women he’d like to “hate fuck,” a term that various observers interpreted as rough sex, sex tinged by rage, or rape. (Gabe Winantwrote for Broadsheet about the ”Hate Fuck” story, which has since beenyanked by Playboy.) Worse than the violence of the general sentiment was the graphic specificity of the “Hate Fuck Rating” appended to each woman — a list that included Michelle Malkin, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Dana Perino and Laura Ingraham. On Hasslebeck: “You’d be better served sucking off Regis Philbin.” On Malkin: “Worse than fucking Eva Braun.”
Both cases were met with a tepid response from the left. Though Letterman apologized on Wednesday’s show (see video below), his tone was mock-serious, and his audience chuckled along.”
I responded to Fortini’s article with a letter she may or may not read.
Sometimes I feel like the Whos of Whoville in Dr. Seuss’ classic “Horton Hears a Who.” At Puma PAC we’ve been making as much noise as possible about the unconscionable sexism from the LEFT, but so far it’s been damn difficult for the elephants of old media like Greta van Sustern and Salon to hear us. Which is really too bad because I have enormous respect for Greta, and Fortini and Joan Walsh at Salon have good working knowledge of what feminist principles look and sound like. They KNOW that articles about “hate-fucking” women you diagree with politically, and jokes about slutty flight attendants and sexual assault are NOT acceptable in public discourse, even comedic public discourse. Letterman’s Palin rant should be treated like Michael Richards’ dive off the deep end at the Laugh Factory a couple years ago. It was that bad.
“Palin has spent much of her public life in feuds with the state legislature, with her ex-brother-in-law, with John McCain’s staff, with Levi Johnston’s family. An early fight with the chairman of Alaska’s Oil & Gas Commission paved the way to the governor’s office. She mostly wins, especially when the target is as easy, say, as a high-school dropout whose mother is under federal indictment. The Johnstons make the Palins look like Rockefellers
But picking a fight with a trained comedian, refusing to accept his apology, and continuing to battle after the white flag is shown reveals a complete lack of political sophistication.”
Dear Lord. Is Margaret Carlson is TOO FUCKING STUPID to realize that Letterman’s “apology” was a mock-serious JOKE that the audience was “chuckling along with”? She then goes on to use the argument (with a straight face, unbelievably) that “making a federal case out of a tasteless joke is exactly what the right wing likes to ridicule feminists for.” Okaay, so are you advising feminists to stop looking ridiculous to the Right Wing, Margaret? And if so, ahem, WHY?? Since when is the Right Wing the arbiter of feminist behavior? And anyway Margaret, if you haven’t fucking noticed
NO GOD DAMNED “FEMINISTS” HAVE MADE A FEDERAL CASE OUT OF LETTERMAN’S MISOGYNY!
Instead, they’ve mostly acted like YOU and kept their friggin mouths shut or laughed along with Letterman and his frat boy audience. While your boss, Tina Brown, advocates putting a smile on and thinking of England when pigs like Letterman or Olbermann make jokes calling Palin and Hillary Clinton sluts and pimps and their daughters whores and rape bait.
Jesus Christ. First she’s a slut whose daughter’s rape during the 7th Inning Stretch is just a “bummer.” Now she’s too dumb to debate David Letterman and a sourpuss bitch. What is WRONG with these women?
It’s a sad day when Amanda Fortini’s tepid questioning of the Left is as good as we get for feminist principles in the mainstream media.
American Girl in Italy has a great takedown of Carlson’s idiocy HERE.
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