Yes, Calling Rachel Maddow a Man Is HomophobicSomebody must have tied Tucker Carlson's bow tie a little too tightly yesterday. What else could explain his decision to run a column by the Weekly Standard's Matt Labash on his new Web site, The Daily Caller, that was not only homophobic, but insensitive to rape victims?
Carlson had hoped his new Web site would match the power and success of political sites like Talking Points Memo. Instead, it looks like it's just going to foster the same juvenile and crass comparisons that led Jon Stewart to give Carlson the smackdown oh-so-many years ago.
The column in question was Labash's introduction to readers, where he said he was qualified to write for Carlson's site because he has the gift of wisdom. Seriously. But who knew the gift of wisdom could be so homophobic?
"I didn’t choose wisdom. It chose me. If I had my druthers, I’d have chosen another gift, perhaps the untold riches of Lil’ Wayne, whose teeth are made of actual diamonds, or to be the sexiest man alive, like Rachel Maddow," Labash writes.
Right, it's a joke. And jokes are supposed to be funny, and veer from political correctness. And bloggers shouldn't cry homophobia every time someone tries to be funny. But really, the point of Labash's joke is to dig, and vilify a woman that makes the right-wing furious because she's so damn good at her job. What better way to do that then to knock her gender and to poke fun of her sexual orientation?
But if knocking Rachel Maddow doesn't bother you, then maybe Labash's definition of legalized rape will. No, for Labash, rape isn't a violent act of sexual aggression toward another person. It's the fact that city governments put cameras on traffic signals to catch drivers who speed and run red lights.
"Legalized rape. What’s that you say? Rape isn’t sanctioned in this country? Then you must not live in a city with red-light or speed cameras, where it happens every day," Labash writes. "Every year, more and more municipal governments pretend that they plant these all-seeing menaces in the interest of “safety.” Yet every year, their revenues tend to increase from the very same technology. Meaning that the only deterrent effect the technology has is deterring your government from being honest about raping its own citizenry. If you’re going to slide me a roofie, Government, at least take me to dinner and a movie first."
Wow. That's colossally ... not funny.
Even allowing for some comedic license, comparing speed cameras to rape is pretty darn insensitive to the thousands of people who are raped each year. And this from a party that fought hard against a recent bill that allows rape victims the right to sue, no matter who they work for. This is the type of edgy writing that's supposed to compete with Talking Points Memo?
Because really, it sounds more like that Fox News flop that was supposed to compete with the Daily Show, but really just made viewers shrug. Why is it when some conservative folks try to be funny, they really just resort to the same homophobia and tastelessness that might fly in a locker room, but shouldn't pass for media?Maybe Tucker Carlson should keep his day job.
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