It took them a few days, but NOW finally weighed in on the gross, sexist insult delivered to Representative Michele Bachmann on the Jimmy Fallon show last week. They agreed that it was grossly inappropriate to play her on the stage to a song entitled “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” and condemned the band that sneaked that out on the air.
But, being, NOW, they couldn’t just say that. They had to — just had to — include a swipe at Rush Limbaugh and “his ilk” for their “sexist, racist, classist, homophobic remarks” as well.
Why the hell would NOW want to include this? Limbaugh doesn’t host a late-night talk show. Hell, there isn’t a confirmed conservative anywhere on late-night TV, as far as I can tell — the only ones politically clear are confirmed liberals. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Stewart, Colbert… I don’t watch much late-night TV, but it seems pretty solidly “blue.”
I kid, of course. I know exactly why NOW included the swipe at Rush et al. Because they felt they needed to reassure the left that they don’t need to worry, NOW still has their back. They had to say something about Fallon, but it was more out of obligation than outrage.
You will also notice that they don’t get into specifics of the “sexist, racist, classist, homophobic” remarks that they equate with Fallon’s cheap shot. That’s not an accident — that’s because they’d have to dig like hell to find anything as blatantly sexist, insulting, crass, and vulgar as what Fallon’s band did. By keeping it vague, they avoid having to discuss that.
Finally, note that Ms. O’Neill doesn’t actually condemn Fallon. Instead, she praises him and NBC for their “sincere” apologies — without noting that Fallon took to Twitter for his, and NBC used a press release. The incident was, to the best of my knowledge, never addressed on Fallon’s show — the venue where the original insult was delivered.
NOW’s message? Sexism from the left and right is both bad. But leftists can win forgiveness with a pro forma apology, while right-wingers are guilty for ever and ever. That’s just how them bitches roll.
Oh, I’m sorry. What I should have said was “that’s just how those fine people at NOW roll.” My sincerest apologies to female canines everywhere.