We've all been watching the fallout of Rahm Emanuel's use of the r-word. We've read as Sarah Palin asked for Emanuel to be fired. We've seen the clip of Rush Limbaugh using the r-word repeatedly and later defend what he said by spinning it as satire. "I purposely chose to use a rhetorical tool -- satire, s-a-t-i-r-e -- to ridicule and humiliate them." (Limbaugh) Wait a minute. As far as Limbaugh's remarks actually being satire, I call bull$hit. Secondly, wasn't the satire defense the same one given by Ben Stiller (and largely rejected as excusable) for Tropic Thunder? (hmmm? raises eyebrow)
Keith Olbermann weighs in again.
I've seen die-hard conservative Republican friends call for Rush to be strung up and I've been waiting for Palin to treat him the same way as she treated Emanuel. Apparently, she will not. Instead she excused Rush's rant as satire and even called it hysterical. Palin's spokeswoman even called Limbaugh sort of in a panic to explain that she was not at war with him over it. Palin's blatant hypocrisy is causing my head to simultaneously implode and explode!
Partial transcript of Sarah Palin on Chris Wallace, Sunday February 7th taken from HERE
WALLACE: You called [Emanuel] out. He used the "R" word. He said "retarded." He has now apologized for using that word, met with activists, said he's going to join the campaign to try to eliminate use of that word.
PALIN: Oh, you know...
WALLACE: Is that good enough?
PALIN: ... Rahm Emanuel — I think he has some indecent and insensitive ways of being, including his language and as I said for a variety of reasons giving the president poor advice, I think, and his heavy-handedness. I think he should step down.
I'm not politically correct. I am not one to be a word police, but I do believe that his insensitivity, in a time when I had just promised in my GOP Convention speech that those with special needs and families and those who love those with special needs would have a friend and an advocate in the White House if John McCain and I were so blessed as to be elected — that didn't stop me — because our votes didn't carry the day. We didn't win.
That didn't stop my passion, my commitment to reaching out and to helping the special needs community when they asked for it. And they did ask for it on this one. They preached out to me and said, "Can you kind of highlight the problem that we have in the White House with both the president and his chief of staff being so insensitive to the special needs community?" And I said, "I'm here. Send me. I will do so."
WALLACE: OK, but Rush Limbaugh weighed in this week and he said this, "Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards 'retards.'"
PALIN: He was hysterical in that.
WALLACE: Wait, let me finish. "I mean..."
WALLACE: "... these people, these liberal activists, are kooks." Should Rush Limbaugh apologize?
PALIN: They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh was using satire to bring attention to what this politically correct...
WALLACE: But he used the "R" word.
PALIN: Using satire. Name-calling by anyone — I teach this to my children. You teach it to your children and your grandchildren, too. Name-calling by anyone — it's just unnecessary. It just wastes time. Let's speak to the issues and, again, let's move on.
WALLACE: But you know what some people are going to say, Governor, and have said? They say, "Look, when it's her political adversary, Rahm Emanuel, she's going to call him out. 'He's indecent, apologize.' But when it's a political friend like Rush Limbaugh, 'Oh, it's satire.'"
PALIN: I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with "f'ing retards." And we did know that Rahm Emanuel — it's been reported — did say that. There's a big difference there.
But again, name-calling, using language that is insensitive, by anyone — male, female, Republican, Democrat — it's unnecessary. It's inappropriate. And let's all just grow up.
I make no bones about which political party I am a member of. I, however, do not put my chosen party above my child. When President Obama compared his bowling skills to the Special Olympics, I got good and angry. I expect no less from my friends in opposing parties (and those who do not associate with a party). Yet while most are openly calling Limbaugh out for his remarks you can hear crickets chirping in regards to Palin's stance. UPDATED to add that I'm pleased to hear that there ARE Palin supporters speaking out about this, thank goodness. I have friends who are great supporters of Palin. If you consider yourself a Palin backer (heck, even if you're not), please leave me a comment and share your thoughts about this.
Last night I watched as The Daily Show and the Colbert Report weighed in. I watched and I wanted to throw a shoe through my tv screen. Mark and I have been fans of Lewis Black. We saw him perform in Washington D.C. when we were living there years ago. I've been offended by some of his rants before, (& his use of the r-word) but not like I was last night.
"Don't they get it? This word isn't about mentally challenged people. You'd never call them retarded. You only use it when able minded adults do something retarded. But please, world you've taken so much from me. Don't take away my retarded!" (Lewis Black)
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Back in Black - The R-Word|
I "get" that he's calling Palin out for her hypocrisy in excusing Limbaugh's remarks as satire. I do. However, this bit was so unbelievably offensive that I can't see straight. To Lewis I say, No a-hole. YOU don't get it. You don't get it at all. It absolutely IS about people, like my daughter, who have developmental disabilities. This age-old argument that it's not ok to call actual people with disabilities retarded, but you can use it against adults who are "able minded" and acting stupidly is flawed logic and it is tired. It is wrong and it is unacceptable. Do you think it's ok to call people who are not African American the n-word or any other racial or ethnic slur as long as it's not aimed at those people directly? Seriously? Asking for people to make a conscious effort to use respectful language is a threat to you? It's taking something away from you? Jon is not off the hook with me either for airing this drivel.
And then this, on the Colbert Report
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Sarah Palin Uses a Hand-O-Prompter|
Listen how the audience roars with laughter when Colbert uses Palin's satire explanation as an excuse to call her an effing retard. NOT OK- even though they are trying to make a point about how hypocritical she is being! In both shows last night, they try to use humor to dance around the issue, but show how clearly they do not get how hurtful it is or how offensive their comedy bits truly are.
I suppose no press is bad press for our campaign. Nation-wide people are talking about this. Others ARE getting it. We ARE making progress and progress means a more safe and accepting world. (sigh)