Re: The outrage over Rush Limbaugh calling political activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” because of her support for the Obama Administration’s contraception policy.
I’m not sure that Neptunus Lex had the best post on the topic, but it’s perhaps the most poignant because he just died.
Limbaugh was at once too clever by half and vulgar when he analogized Ms. Fluke as a “slut” because of her desire to have strangers pay for her to have sex. It was a big, juicy trap and he walked right into it. Because there are certain words that simply aren’t used in polite conversation, words which demean the user more than the target.
Words which demean the user more than the target. A concept that many folks just don’t get, or pretend they don’t get when it suits their purpose. Kirsten Powers gets it (thanks for the reference, Lex …)
As a writer, I was taught early on that rules are made to be broken … but you have to understand the rules first, and you can break them only with meaningful intent. What follows is intentional. As for meaningful, I’m not yet sure, but the writer in me can’t ignore such a juicy target.
For some time now, Americans have been told that we can’t say certain things. Like calling a black person a nigger, a woman a cunt, or an Asian person a chink. On this, I agree with Lex. But there’s something else going on, because the very same people who love to level the charge of racism — like that bukra Chris Matthews and Bill Maher the unknowing kike — routinely demean women with terms like cunt, balloon-head and dumb twat.
So what’s happening, and why can’t I call President Obama “Buckwheat”? Or better yet, the Hawaiian term for nigger, which I used in yesterday’s post, “boffer.” As in, “President Boffer is a house nigger who will do and say anything to get elected.”
If it’s true that “slut shaming” is wrong, and speech like Limbaugh’s must be stifled at every opportunity, why hasn’t that caveman Chris Matthews been fired?
Did you know there is a war on women?
Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.
It never happened.
But Don Imus was fired for calling some women athletes “nappy-headed ho’s.”
“There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society,” CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said.
Really? Moonves fired Imus for the “effect of language on our young people”? In polite society, we call that “unadulterated bullshit.”
So, all you curry-munching dago dead sea pedestrian diaper-headed fur-licking gabachos, what’s it going to be? Can I call Moonves a chite for kow-towing to the race-baiters of the National Association for the Advancement of Choco People? Can I call a white supremacist “cock sauce” (because semen is white) if I disagree with his particular brand of politics? Can I call a gay man a fudge-packer?
If not, why not? Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin a cunt.
Oh. Wait. I guess I can call Maher a kike because he’s a public figure. I just can’t call some Jewish guy on the street a kike because he’s anonymous.
I guess we can’t just all get along anymore, so game on? Call it affirmative action.
Update: “The Democratic party continues its bold stand against hateful rhetoric” by asking folks to pay $100 to see Bill Maher in action in Alabama.
Update: “David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior campaign strategist, is scheduled to appear on Bill Maher’s late-night talk show within the next few weeks, according to Kelley Carville, an HBO spokesman.”
Update: “Speaking of prostitutes, big oil’s top call girl Sen Inhofe wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote Tuesday on Twitter. That’s nice, coming from a convicted heroin addict who benefited financially from his Nazi-appeasing ancestor.
Update: Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky and Sheila Jackson Lee refuse to condemn Bill Maher. Natch.
Update: A nice roundup at RedState.
Update: Dr. Sanity notes the difference between guilt and shame. “If you want more examples of the shamelessness of today’s left, check out who has been invited to speak at the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner this year. Greta Van Susteren is on it. Also, notice that not only will the Obama campaign NOT give back the $1 Million from the woman-hating (specifically REPUBLICAN women) Maher, but David Axelrod is scheduled to appear on Maher’s show.“