What is happening here?
When did it become OK to advocate, celebrate, or even encourage, the gang rape of a woman? How is it that this joke became OK?
It seems that when Sandra Bernhard celebrates the gang rape of Sarah Palin, it's just all in good fun. I understand that Sandra Bernhard is a comedian. So we just laugh and we just snicker. Ha. Ha. Gang Rape. She's just a comedian. What is everyone so upset about?
Don Imus is just a comedian. But Imus became the center of a nationwide controversy when he referred to a women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos." He was forced to apologize profusely, over and often, for his remark. He lost his job(s). He was a pariah.
Michael Richards was much more than just a comedian. The three time Emmy Award winning actor (for his role as Cosmo Kramer in Seinfeld), used the "N" word in response to hecklers in an nightclub act in 2006. He also apologized profusely, but his career was over, It ended in one night. He "retired" and hasn't worked since, devoting his life to charity work, behind the scenes and out of the limelight.
So when was it OK to joke about gang rape (along with literally dozens of other vile references)? When did we decide we would not only look the other way, but actually applaud if the victim was politically conservative woman ?
What if Imus simply repeated Bernhard's joke, word for word, but directed it at Michelle Obama? Would it be funny then? Would it be OK?
I believe I've transcribed Bernhard accurately, I've only changed the name of the victim.
"Michelle Obama would be gang raped by blacks in Manhattan if she followed through on her threat to visit New York."
Is that funny? Are you laughing?
Of course the target wasn't Michelle Obama, it was Sarah Palin, and that makes it all OK. I've actually read several progressive bloggers defend the rant and actually blame Palin. It's all her fault. Just like all women who have been raped. If they just hadn't dressed so provocatively, they would never have been raped.
Yep. Sandra Bernhard is blameless. She couldn't help herself. Still, I'm surprised. Black men raping a white woman? Isn't that a racist stereotype? Where is Al Sharpton?
What if Mike Richards makes a comeback and does a new nightclub routine advocating gang rape for Islamic women? How would we react. If we stand, laugh and applaud, how would the world view America?
When was it that Gang Rape became acceptable?