Monday, November 19, 2012

That's RUDE!

In Caitlin Moran's terrific book on modern feminism, How to Be a Woman, she approaches misogyny as she would any other uncivilized behavior.
Don't call it sexism. Call it "manners" instead . . . Because even the most rampant bigot on earth has no defense against a charge of being simply rude.
Which is exactly right, of course. We don't laugh at racist jokes, only to get pissed off about sexism. Feminism is about everyone being treated civilly.

In that vein, I'd like to call out two gentlemen for extreme rudeness last week.

First, Fox regular Brian Kilmeade joked about finding female anchors by looking through the Victoria's Secret catalog.
Such a kidder, that guy! In June he made his co-host Gretchen Carlson walk off the set during a live broadcast when he joked(?), "Women are everywhere. We're letting them play golf and tennis now. It's out of control."
That is really RUDE. And possibly actionable.
Strangely, I now find myself agreeing with a Fox Opinion piece. (Seriously, Mom, don't click through!) American Pie actor Jason Biggs recently posted obscene, personal comments to his Twitter feed about Janna Ryan and Anne Romney. Then he had the nerve to say, "I made a political tweet, so I got a little bit of heat from the right."
Biggs' tweets are not political commentary. They are just RUDE. And I agree with Fox's Dan Gainor, Nickelodeon ought to fire him from his job voicing the one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the animated children's movie.
Today's $5 goes to the Public Broadcasting Service, which is about the only place you can still go for news that is not RUDE.

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