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“Who Let The Dogs Out?”

Apparently a GOP district in Minnesota as evidenced by a video created by some knuckledragger who thought it would be, gosh, I don’t know – funny? membership recruitment? cool? – whatever this webmaster person thought he was doing when he created a video highlighting how much better looking Republican women are than Democratic women. Only he didn’t put it that nicely. And yes, he used the song, “Who Let The Dogs Out” in it to describe the Democratic women.

Well, one of the alleged Republican women depicted in the video, supermodel, CEO, and chief designer, Kathy Ireland, took exception to the depiction of women in this video in a BIG way. In this AOL News opinion piece, Ireland spoke out:

There are so many warning signs that negativity is devouring honest political discourse in our country, and one of these recently made me a very unwilling part of it. When misogyny becomes part of victory at any price, our democracy is embarrassed and endangered.

Here’s what happened, and here’s why I’m angry and why I feel any American of whatever party or gender should be furious too.

Suddenly it was widely reported on the Internet that a GOP political blog in Minnesota had posted a disgusting video that proclaimed Republican women — candidates and supporters — are attractive and that their Democratic counterparts are, in the most disturbing and distorted photo presentations in their video, just the opposite. This vulgarity and flat-out misrepresentation of all women identified as Democrats was to the accompaniment of the rock song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” That shows the level of maturity.

The more appropriate question is, “Who in the Minnesota Republican campaign let these people near a computer?” Everything about this sordid business was vile. But the most awful fact is that it is absolutely representative of the tastelessness and negativity that is now the American political landscape.

I had become personally involved in this low point of political conniving because these bloggers identified me by name and photo (in swimwear, of course) as one of the “Republican babes” about whom they were boasting. My assumption is that my open position on the life issue has caused the video makers to place me in a Republican box. I’m too odd-shaped to fit into any neat little box. I vote for integrity, character, leadership and policy, regardless of party label. [snip] (Click HERE to read the rest.)

Dang – you go, Ms. Ireland! You tell ‘em! And did she ever as she continued:

But my fury derives from the way these “leaders,” and a bipartisan collection of other political negativists on both sides of the aisle, are debasing our democracy and the essential exercise of our privilege to vote our leaders in or out. Political candidates of every stripe are responsible for holding their supporters and campaign teams to their own ethical standards, or else we have to assume that these excesses (whether their prejudices are misogyny or any other form of ignorance) represent what the candidates stand for. [snip]

Snap!!! You said it (and click here to read the rest). You betcha – this kind of thing is indicative of how a candidate, a politician, sees women. Like when Obama’s Chief Speechwriter, Jon Favreau, now his White House Chief speechwriter, had a photo taken of him groping the breast of a Hillary Clinton life-size cutout, which he put on his Facebook page, and was still able to keep his job, it told us EXACTLY what we needed to know about Obama. Not only did he keep someone who clearly had a disrespect for women, but disrespected his future Secretary of State, that said it all. Not that those of us paying attention needed any more proof. We had seen plenty enough misogyny spewed Clinton’s way from Obama, his team, and the DNC long before this disturbing incident.

Good for Kathy Ireland for calling this what it is – misogyny. I appreciate her speaking out in no uncertain terms about what this looked like, and felt like, to her. She really nailed it on the head, and was absolutely right to call people to account for this kind of video.

I should add, the Minnesota GOP was none too pleased with this video, as this Atlantic article acknowledges, “Minnesota GOP Not Pleased With Sexist Video”:

[snip]The video was released by a Republican Party unit, akin to a county committee, in Senate District 56, and the Minnesota Republican Party is quick to point out that this is NOT their doing. They are, in fact, none too pleased with it.

“It was down before we even knew it was up, and obviously it’s wrong and obviously it’s inappropriate,” Minnesota GOP spokesman Mark Drake said.

“I think some people from the party have been in touch with them,” Drake said when asked if the state party has called the Senate District 56 Republicans to scold them about the web ad. “I don’t think anyone’s pleased that it was up.” [snip] (Click HERE to read the rest.)

Good for them for making that clear. So did some of the Republican women candidates.

And how about the guy who made the video, Randy Brown? What does he have to say about it? I bet you know what’s coming. It was just humor, people.

Um, no. It wasn’t humor, and it wasn’t funny. Kathy Ireland said it all: it was sexist and misogynistic. Maybe Brown thinks that’s funny. I sure as hell do not.

One last note, and this is to John McEnroe, who felt compelled to demonstrate his sexism once again in this NY Post article, “Tennis Loudmouth John McEnroe Says Women Players More Fragile Than Men,” please stop talking now. Yes, he said it:

Tantrum-prone tennis bad boy John McEnroe hit a smash shot at the ladies Friday, saying women players aren’t tough enough to compete in as many tournaments as men.

“They should be required to be in less events. There should be less events for the women,” McEnroe said on a CBS Sports conference call about its coverage of the U.S. Open, which starts Monday in Flushing Meadows.

[snip]

“You shouldn’t push them to play more than they’re capable of,” McEnroe said of the female players.

“It seems it takes an actual meltdown on the court or women quitting the game altogether before they realize there’s a need to change the schedule.” [snip] (click here to read more.)

Do I even have to mention that former pro player, Mary Carillo, and current tennis announcer with McEnroe, was not amused? Especially since she won the 1977 French Open mixed doubles championship with him. I am sure, beside Carillo, most of the pro women weren’t either. I’d love to see him say that to Serena Williams face, wouldn’t you?

John, here’s a little tip for you – put a tennis ball in it, you sexist pig. Oh, and you have a call – it’s from Kathy Ireland.

  • EllenD

    Will try to find it. RRRA. Right now my TV is fighting its way through all the political ads. My TV is losing.

  • EllenD

    She said she hadn’t  notice because she was so busy with matters in the House!!

    Cooking, cleaning….

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    I hope those of you who live in CA will give us an update on the debate.  I know a whole lot of us would be interested in that!

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Excellent point, eyelets.  I don’t know if it is just hypocrisy, or blinders, or a complete lack of introspection, or all of the above.  The sexism that continues to be spewed on a daily level by these “news” outlets is just appalling.  And as you noted, they don’t even get it.

    Wow.

  • kenoshamarge

    Will Boxer insist Fiorina call her “Senator”?

  • kenoshamarge

    Not sure what to call it Kat, maybe “necessity” is the best word. Just so the poor man can take a look around and see all the women heading his way with pruning knives.

    (Just kidding no violence intended, other than rhetorical for this poor ignorant little twit.)

  • carol haka, Matzo

    Correction – she won the popular vote and the “pledged delegates”.

    >:o

    And, Fuck the Whining-Brat-In-Chief!

    >:o

  • beyond__words

    Yep. What a dickhead:

    Obama, who just returned from a long vacation on Martha’s Vineyard said he didn’t watch Glenn Beck’s massive rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, adding that he was focused on the long-term, not on the “Nightly News.

    “It’s not surprising that someone like a Mr. Beck is able to stir up a certain portion of [the American people]. … That’s been true throughout our history,” he said.

    The president, a harsh critic of the Bush administration’s sluggish response to Katrina, bristled when asked if the BP Gulf oil spill was his administration’s Katrina – because of a failure to act quickly enough.

    “It’s just not accurate,” he told Williams. “The only thing in common with the Katrina response was [oil spill incident commander] Thad Allen… We had immediately [deployed] thousands of vessels, tens of thousands of people.”

    The spill has wreaked less havoc on the Gulf Coast “because of the sturdiness and steadiness” of his administration’s response, Obama added.

    True narcissism on display there. Granted he couldn’t plug the hole himself but I had a feeling he would give himself another B+ all the while he was taking his vacations(now at 6) away from the gulf coast.  /puke

  • TeakWoodKite

    Upon his forehead is a birth certificate?

    He thinks those people are not worthy of respect? Asshole.

  • getfitnow

    From today’s NYT:

    But the sad truth is that Democrats often prefer their women fulfilling similarly diminutive models for behavior. Consider how Hillary Clinton has been treated, at times, by those in her own party: Democratic leaders never really celebrated Mrs. Clinton’s nation-altering place in history as the first female candidate to get so close to a major party’s presidential nomination. Indeed, she is most appreciated when she plays well with others in the Senate or the State Department; when she behaves like a fierce competitor, she is compared to Glenn Close’s bunny-boiling virago from “Fatal Attraction.

  • Annie Soda Cracker

    So long as women are far away, the Dims try to make themselves look compassionate and outraged.  American women?  Not so much.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Speak for yourself wodeij cracker dawg. :)

  • Katmoon

    Been a great deal of blogging today, and as always great comments. Note: sometimes my “likes” just disappear. Anways, later, too pooped to pop. Happy evening.

  • Hank

    OT: Obama says hes unconcerned by unfounded rumors about faith.
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-29/obama-says-he-s-unconcerned-by-unfounded-rumors-about-faith.html   You can’t even leave a comment on this article…lol 
     
    “I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.” 
    Mr. President the only thing you have produced was a phony COLB.

  • Hank

    OT: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-29/obama-says-he-s-unconcerned-by-unfounded-rumors-about-faith.html   You can’t even leave a comment on this article…lol

    “I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.”
    Mr. President the only thing you have produced was a phony COLB.

  • carol haka, Matzo

    OMG!

    Go to  http://www.drudgereport.com

    What a whiney, piece of shit!  This is going to get funner and funner.

    The little brat doesn’t like it when people aren’t praising him.

    >:o

  • getfitnow

    o/t but about women. for those in CA, fiorina and Boxer debate Sept 1. Check local TV/radio listings. In the bay area, KTVU will be carrying it live.

  • HARP

    LOL…..Liberals wonder….Why don`t we have a Palin ?

    They do …only theirs plays to much golf and bowls a 37.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29traister.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&pagewanted=all

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Oh, how very well I remember that interview, getfitnow – I had STEAM coming out of my head.  I could not believe she would say something like that.  And if she was indeed that clueless abt something so glaringly obvious, she has no business being 3rd in line to the presidency.  Sheesh.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    From what I gather from the Boston Globe link above, the video has, as you say, been around for a while (Feb.), but this is the first time it landed on a political party’s blog site.

    And yes, Ms. Ireland did a bang up job, didn’t she?  :-D

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Will do, Katmoon – I was out all afternoon and just got in a few minutes ago…Thanks!

  • Olivia1998

    or the pitcher of Gin and Tonic

  • Onofre’s arm

    Most men also believe they are better than most men. Where does that leave us?

  • getfitnow

    And I will add:

    “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

    Coco Chanel

  • getfitnow

    I recall after the primaries, Speaker Pelosi was asked to comment on the “perceived” mysogyny/sexism during the campaign. She said she hadn’t  notice because she was so busy with matters in the House!!

  • PssttCmere

    hmmmmm….beauty is in the eye of the beerholder!!

    “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

  • Becky

    Ha!!  You go RRR Amy!   thanks for the post.   And kudos to Kathy Ireland for her speaking out too.

  • Diana L. C. Hazelut Nut Thin Cracker

    RRRA,

    In fact that video has been around for a while.  Perhaps Kathy Ireland didn’t see it until recently.  I’ve had several Repub acquaintances and friends send it to me in the past.  I would always do a reply and tell them what I thought of it, but I didn’t want it to go public so that was the extent of it.  I didn’t want to give it too much publicity.  It’s perfect that one of the “babes” listed as Republicans tore it apart and did a bang up job of do so.

    Thanks for the post.

  • alex-ind

    Another good post.
    But, you but switched your comparison.

    Sorry, but when it comes to phycical things such as sports, it is true.

    There is obvously more testosterone in the top women athletes.  That makes for big difference in output.  So much so, that there really should be a third category for those with a high testosterone level.
    Also, blacks are built differently with different whatever without going into the details of  physics, etc. which does make a difference.
    Carillo was no big champion and is just another jackass making too big bucks talking about other players playing a game.(who are also making too many bucks).

  • sybilll

    Sadly, a misogynist generally doesn’t even know they are being misogynist.  That’s why this asshat can write it off as humor.  He probably winked when he said it, too.  Ugh.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Will do, Latmoon – K was out all afternoon and just got in a few minutes ago…Thanks!

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Why, thanks, Katmoon!  I appreciate that.  :)

    And yes – Kathy’s piece was great!

  • wodiej cracker dawg

    I don’t know why anyone would be surprised.  Most men think they are better than women.

  • eyelets

    The problem is so pervasive that it often isn’t even recognized as such.  Case in point.  Time magazine’s front cover has a young Afghani woman who had her nose and ears cut off by the Taliban.  She had tried to run away from her abusive in-laws.  
    Flipping open the magazine.  Square in the middle of Letters to the Editor, in bold print, basically inferring that Sarah Palin is too stupid to know a lick about politics.  And, another letter inferring that she is a bad mother.    Do the editors not see the oxymoron?   Can’t let the women get too big for their britches.  Gotta keep ‘em in the kitchen in their burquas.

  • eyelets

    The problem is so pervasive that it isn’t even recognized as such.  Case in point.  Time magazine’s front cover has a young Afghani woman who had her nose and ears cut off by the Taliban.  She had tried to run away from her abusive in-laws. 
    Flipping open the magazine.  Square in the middle of Letters to the Editor, in bold print, basically inferring that Sarah Palin is too stupid to know a lick about politics.  And, another letter inferring that she is a bad mother.    Do the editors not see the oxymoron?   Can’t let the women get too big for their britches.  Gotta keep ‘em in the kitchen in their burquas.

  • wodiej cracker dawg

    I’ve never been to Hooters and never will.  Next to a strip club. Disgusting

  • HARP

    It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it. 

    Claudette Colbert

  • Katmoon

    Psssst, Rev Amy please check out comments on ‘News You Don’t want to Miss’, about a quarter of the way up from the bottom; we were scheming and would like you input. Thanks.

  • Katmoon

    Marge, you crack me up, would that make it an assectomy, or a headotmy? =-X  

  • kenoshamarge

    That Brown is a disgusting little twerp. Misogyny “disguised” as humor isn’t funny. It’s repulsive. I expect the left to go ballistic over this to make sure that women know how disrespectful the GOP is towards women. I also expect that no mention will be made of all the lefty “humor” about female candidates because that would ruin the “idea” that only the Democrats truly care about women.

    Fact is, the good old boys in both parties have little to  no repect for the wimmenfolk. Sexism like any other “ism” is wrong and disgusting and a disgrace to a country like ours that values equality and freedom.

    Mr. Brown is “free” to do what he did. We are free to find him a repulsive POS. He is ugly inside where it matters the most and no cosmetics or cosmetic surgery can change.

    He might want to have surgery to get his head out of his ass. That would be a start.

  • jwrjr

    Sorry. “needs”, not “nereds”.

  • jwrjr

    If it was a Repub who made that video, then “with friends like these who nereds enemies?”  (If it was an Obot, then the question would be “so what else is new?”)

  • Ferd Premium Saltine Berfle

    Why all the emphasis on style over substance, format over content, and external over internal? Look what we get when slack-jaws vote for something flashy–That One. The Republicans, of all people, should have gotten that message. Apparently they were having lunch at Hooters and the message got lost in the testosterone.

    Asshats.

  • Katmoon

    John, here’s a little tip for you – put a tennis ball in it, you sexist pig. Oh, and you have a call – it’s from Kathy Ireland.


    Rev Amy, you rock. Tell ‘em sister! Great piece by Kathy Ireland, so well said, to the point, period. Nothing to argue. Pants were down and someone got a whippin in public, love how she handed it out. 

  • csuzeq

    I find that any complete Democrats are really ugly on the inside!  Vile, in fact.