Friday, February 15, 2008

Hello Kettle? It's the Pot — You're Black.

Michelle Malkin is offended, my friends, by Jane Fonda. In fact, she says of Fonda:
"The woman has no class. You already knew that."
What did Jane do, you ask. I mean, for someone of Malkin's level of class-ness to call her out, it must have been pretty awful. Well it's really a question of what NBC did not do that has Malkin in a tizzy. Fonda appeared on The Today Show with playwright Eve Ensler to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the play Vagina Monologues. Now I'm no t.v. producer, but I would think (a) someone on the show would know what was play was about, and (b) someone would be near the bleeper button just in case a word not appropriate for morning television might come up in conversation.

Do these people do any research at all?

Here's what Fonda said: "I hadn't seen the play. I live in Georgia OK. I was asked to do a monologue called 'Cunt,' and I said, 'I don't think so, I've got enough problems."

A perfectly acceptable use of the word, if you ask me. But the Repugs are in a lather over the corruption of our youth. Which makes me think of the line from Apocalypse Now with the colonel ranting along the lines of "We can drop bombs on children but we can't write "fuck" on the side of the plane?!"

You can see it for yourself here, as well as Meredith Viera's post-cunt apology. And then read — or better yet see the play, if you haven't done so already. It is awesome.


Faith said...

There is no reason to call out Fonda for using the title of the monologue in conversation. This is absolutely ridiculous! Don't they have better things to do with their time? She didn't call anyone a cunt she just stated the name of her monologue. arg.

Sue J said...

Faith, I know! It's not often you can use the word "cunt" "in context," but this was definitely one of them!

I love that when she said it, neither Eve Ensler nor Meredith Viera flinched -- because, of course, she was just saying the title of the monologue. As you say ... arg!

BAC said...

The right wingers really are pretty silly, don't you think! I love the show, btw. Eve Ensler performed it at a Feminist Majority event in Baltimore a few years ago. It was great.


Sue J said...

Baltimore must be a V-lovin' place: that's where I saw the play about 7 or eight 8 years ago!