For one brief, pixelated moment last week, Red and Blue America came together (as it were). This rare harmonic convergence was prompted by…what?
A natural disaster that snuffed out thousands of lives? A terror attack of unprecedented magnitude? The unexpected passing of a beloved national figure?
None of the above. No, the nation’s embattled left and right briefly embraced in No Man’s Land to condemn, loudly and in unison, a fake picture of a semi-celebrity in an obsolete magazine.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler—yes, it still exists and he’s pretty much alive—Photoshopped an image of female conservative commentator S. E. Cupp to make her look like she’s performing fellatio.
In response, her fellow conservative writers and broadcasters confidently predicted that their media opponents would remain closed-mouthed about this outrage.
Normally, that would’ve been a sound forecast. Liberals in the media have been notably silent regarding less vulgar but still sexualized Photoshop jobs on other conservative women writers such as Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin.
In 2009, Playboy listed Malkin, Peggy Noonan, and others as “10 Conservative Women We’d Like to Filibuster.” (“We speak, naturally, of the hate f*ck,” the author explained.) The piece was scrubbed from their site by sundown, because conservatives—and only conservatives—raised an unholy stink.
For all their bloviating about “civility” and “tolerance,” leftists are notoriously foul-mouthed, as well as—to employ their own tediously accusatory jargon—racist, sexist, and homophobic.
But with l’affaire Cupp, the right blew it prognostication-wise.
For reasons that remain unclear, the left immediately picked up this Photoshop of Cupp as their bloody—or, more accurately, jizz-stained—shirt of the week. Reliably liberal outlets such as jezebel.com and salon.com slammed Hustler. So did Rush Limbaugh joke/punchline Sandra Fluke.
Didn’t a gay male columnist speculate for weeks, in the pages of what was once considered a serious magazine, upon the tilt of a particular governor’s uterus?
Yet now they’re defibrillating chivalry?
Then Cupp appeared on The View to commiserate with the gals, and I thought I understood:
Cupp may be a conservative, but she’s also Big Media. And Big Media cares first and foremost about itself and its own.
So we got to see Whoopi Goldberg “tsk” in Cupp’s direction, “This is offensive. This is not the dialogue that we have when we disagree.”
(PS: Polanski’s comparing himself to Alfred Dreyfus now. J’abuse!)
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