A very prominent, very wealthy entertainer recently insulted women all across the country using terms not totally printable here. In describing a serious, politically active woman, he described her as a c***. On another occasion he described her as a “dumb tw**. When asked later if he had any regrets about what he had said he replied, “I’m not trying to hurt somebody’s feelings. But if you want me to say ‘I’m sorry, what I said was wrong,’ no, sorry, I can’t go there.”
He has since referred to the same woman along with another woman as MILFs (for those of you who may not be familiar with the term, just Google it).
This behavior should be condemned. President Obama was right when he said he wants a world in which his daughters can speak out without being attacked. He should call this woman and offer his support. The networks should be outraged! Advertisers should drop this guy like a hot potato! Damn those “woman hating conservatives!” Something has to be done.
What was the reaction in this case? Not what you might expect. A CNN evening show host shortly thereafter welcomed this entertainer with, “Your show is brilliant. I love watching it.” On MSNBC, “always great to have you on.” On a different MSNBC show, “It is nice to see you….I’m very excited….Thank you so much for being on with us…. It’s really nice to see you. Thank you.” Back to CNN…“I love your show. I watch you every week, and I really get irritated when they put you on hiatus.” And on Chris Matthews show,“You’re the funniest, smartest guy around….Thank you for coming on.” Were there any outraged advertisers? Nope, not a one.
Well, President Obama must have given these women a call to express his support for women’s right to be heard, yes? Well, in a word, no.
By now you may have guessed that this “entertainer” is not the conservative woman-hater you may have originally thought. He is Bill Maher; as left as they come. The women he insulted were Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Apparently, it’s OK to insult conservative women. No apology. No network outrage. No controversy.
It also turns out that Mr. Maher has donated $1 million to the Obama election campaign. Is President Obama going to keep $1 million given to him by a man who has referred to serious-minded political women as c***s, tw**s, and MILF’s and, if he is, how does he square that with his actions in the Sandra Fluke controversy? Did Sarah Palin get a phone call? Michelle Bachmann?
And this is not an isolated incident. Ed Schultz, on MSNBC called Laura Ingraham a “talk slut.” He is still working there and, predictably, one of the advertisers who saw fit to leave Rush Limbaugh’s show over the Fluke incident saw no such need to leave the Ed Schultz show. Still there.
In a very cool side note, Carbonite (the advertiser in question) saw their stock slide a mind-boggling 12% the day after they announced they were leaving Rush’s show and word came out that they were major liberal contributors. If you are currently using their service and are seeking an alternative I would like to recommend Sugarsynch.
Further incidents include Michelle Malkin being called “a mashed up bag of meat with lipstick,” Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison being called a “female impersonator,” and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp being referred to as “a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does.” Did you happen to hear any outrage about any of these insults to women? I bet not.
On a personal note, my own wife was insulted by an ex-friend when she expressed her opposition to Obamacare during the so-called “debate” on that issue. She was called a “bigot, racist, tea-bagger” among other things by a fairly senior staffer for Senator Dick Durbin. And make no mistake, “tea-bagger” is a sexually loaded insult (again, Google it if you’re not familiar). Perhaps Senator Durbin will be calling my wife soon to express his support for my wife’s right to speak without being attacked. I don’t think she will be holding her breath.
You shouldn’t worry about your daughters, President Obama. They have the protection of the Presidency and the Ministry of Truth “press” should they be attacked for speaking their views.
Unfortunately, my wife, my daughter, my granddaughter, and any woman reasonably attached to the word “conservative” do not.