Joe Scarborough was talking about David Letterman calling Sarah Palin names. He was on solid ground; Palin was criticized for her appearance; Letterman’s joke was sexist. If someone had criticized Michelle Obama because her skin was dark, we’d call it racist; there’s no real good reason to dismiss sexism when we see it. The problem is that we don’t perceive sexism when it happens because we aren’t sensitized to it to the degree we are to racism.
Anyway, I don’t want to climb down into the weeds here. I’m no expert on the feminist critique and that’s not the point of this post. Besides, as you’ll see, Scar’s criticism wasn’t rooted in a feminist argument.
Instead, good ol’ Scar returned to the tried and true. “What if it was a conservative that said it about Hillary Clinton?” he whined. “Why does Rush get criticized, but liberal comedians can say anything and get away with it?” “Where’s the outrage?” “Media double standard!!” “I’m a poor white man that can’t get a break…” and… “Liberals control the whole world…. oh… oh… oh…. it’s so unfair!!”
They don’t make violins small enough.
So I called his show. Hope you like it.
Oh, and Joe? Please, don’t change. The lack of conservative capacity to accept criticism or to engage in self-reflection works very well for y’all. Kudos!