And here’s the apology to “anybody I’ve offended”. Is it really so hard to say that one’s words were reprehensible and offer a personal apology? I suppose it is if you work for Fox.
So have the floodgates open? Calling for the assassination of a politician is an okay thing to do on television? Or is it only okay when his name is Obama? It’s not just the hatemongering but the sentiment that this is okay and publicly airing such desires are okay so long as you apologize to no one in particular. This can’t slip quietly out of the public consciousness, we ought to be incensed for this is unconscionable.
For those who I no doubt are wondering why this is a feminist issue, it’s an issue of human decency. If it makes you feel better, reverse the genders. A male pundit calling openly for the assassination of Hillary Clinton and apologizing that it was an attempt at humor, not a horribly misplaced sentiment, or something completely inappropriate to voice or even consider–an attempt at humor. Not to say it’s impossible given the virulent nature of gender prejudice that has oozed its way out of the collective consciousness during this presidential race. If the Rev. Wright story could go on for so many news cycles, I think this too has a place as a long standing talking point. How can we keep saying that race isn’t a factor when it pretty obviously and unashamedly is? Then there’s the prejudice over Obama’s imagined culture and presumed religion since only terrorists are named Hussein–at least that’s what they want us to believe. Pundits have been crossing the line, you know the one, the one that says “this is racist/sexist/agist/etc. and I shouldn’t say it” and now they’ve crossed into actually calling for the physical harm of people they don’t like. Seriously–this is it. If we don’t stand up now…where else will they be allowed to go?
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