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Jon Stewart's Homphobic, Misogynist, Racist, and Pro Rape "Jokes"

Posted by libhom Saturday, January 23, 2010

I used to be somewhat of a fan of Jon Stewart. After this, I will never watch him again. In a recent Daily Show, Stewart went on a hateful and unfunny rant against Keith Olbermann for speaking out against a monstrous bigot, Scott Brown.

Here are the 1/18/10 comments by Keith Olbermann which triggered Stewart's hateful and bigoted schtick.

Lost in the angst about Obama and Coakley is the little recognized real headline of this vote. You have heard Scott Brown speculating, talking out of his bare bottom, about whether or not the president of the United States was born out of wedlock. You‘ve heard Scott Brown respond to the shout from his supporter that they should stick a curling iron into Ms. Coakley‘s rectum with the answer: “we can do this.”

You may not have heard Scott Brown support a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, or describing two women having a child as being, quote, “just not normal.”

You may not have heard Scott Brown associating himself with the Tea Party movement, perhaps the saddest collection of people who don‘t want to admit why they really hate since the racists of the south in the ‘60s insisted they were really just concerned about states‘ rights.

You may not have heard Scott Brown voting against funding paid leaves of absence for Massachusetts Red Cross workers, who had gone to New York to help after 9/11.

In short, in Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, Tea Bagging supporter of violence against women, and against politicians with whom he disagrees. In any other time in our history, this man would have been laughed off the stage as an unqualified and a disaster in the making by the most conservative of conservatives. Instead, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is close to sending this bad joke to the Senate of the United States.

Stewart couldn't dispute the facts that Olbermann presented, so he accused KO of "name calling." Addressing racist, sexist, and heterosexist bigotry is not "name calling." Stewart has deliberately trivialized the vicious and bigoted behavior of a person who now is in the US Senate. Can you imagine Stewart glossing over and joking about Brown's behavior if it were as viciously anti Semitic as it was racist, sexist, and heterosexist?

Stewart takes things even farther when he condones threats of rape. One of Brown's supporters threatened to brutally rape (and inevitably kill) Brown's political opponent, and Brown said "we can do this." Stewart actually defending this by saying that Brown isn't responsible for what a supporter of his says. Hello. Brown definitely is responsible for saying that he can act on what that supporter says.

In the wake of some recent Republican political victories, Jon Stewart has been going to great lengths to pander to wealthy Republican advertisers. Stewart spouted now infamous comments sliming Rachel Maddow for putting the responses of the Obama and Bush administrations to natural disasters in a historical context. A historical context? "Too soon," according to Stewart. He even went so far as to conflate Maddow's analysis with Rush Limbaugh's and Pat Robertson's vicious attacks of the Haitian people who are suffering from the worst earthquake that country has experienced in over 200 years. Ms. Maddow responded to Stewart's bullshit with far more patience than Stewart deserved.

I'm so glad I got rid of my cable last fall so that not even a penny of my money goes to pay the salary of a vicious bigot like Stewart. When someone trivializes homophobia and racism, that is a personal attack against me as a gay man and as someone with indigenous ancestors. Stewart's hateful "comedy" was a senseless personal attack against rape victims, just as it was a senseless personal attack against everyone who isn't simultaneously heterosexual, white, and male.

I will never watch anything with Jon Stewart again after this. I won't even watch anything on Comedy Central on my computer as long as he works there. I refuse to go along with Stewart's blatantly abusive behavior against myself and against the overwhelming majority of Americans.

 

2 comments

  1. Christopher Says:
  2. I don't watch Jon Stewart.

    People really enjoy him but, what he does is lost on me. I do watch Keith and Rachel, when I watch anything on cable. But I'll tell you something.

    By the time I get home, chill out, spend time with our dog, and Jim and I reconnect after the long hours spent working, most nights I prefer to kick back, eat, watch a comedy or a movie. Sometimes a scripted TV show. My brain needs to rest.

    I'm just not wired to do politics 24/7 anymore.

     
  3. Lew Scannon Says:
  4. I, too, no longer have cable, for a variety of reasons. Not only are you sponsoring a Jon Stewart, but if your cable provider carries Fox News, it's much worse. At least with The Daily Show it's makes no pretension to anything more than entertainment.

     

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