Jason Biggs has landed himself in a bit of faux-controversy after tweeting some tasteless (but funny!) jokes about the assholes of Janna Ryan and Ann Romney. Specifically: their respective condition.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly (who is notorious for believing in feminism only when it benefits her/conservatives) took to TV to discuss Biggs’ comments, which she deemed “too disgusting to repeat on television” and “the most disgusting thing I’ve read in a long time.” She must never go on the internet, because I’ve already read ten more disgusting things today, and I haven’t even had my coffee yet! The offending comments:
While admittedly vulgar, the first one is funny because it’s patently absurd to picture Jason Biggs sticking his pinky in Paul Ryan‘s wife’s asshole, which, btw, I can totally see her bleaching. The second one is funny because Ann Romney is so prim and proper that it’s pretty LOL to imagine her having a hairy anus. And seeing as everyone has an asshole and I can just as easily see someone making the same joke about an anal retentive man, I don’t really find it sexist.
But that didn’t stop Megyn Kelly from calling it “one of the ugliest attacks on political spouses we’ve seen in years” and bringing on Sam Bennett, president of the She Should Run Foundation (which promotes female candidates for office), to talk about how this kind of thing is “electorally deadly” for women. That’s right: every time a comedian makes a joke about a candidates’ wife’s anus, a woman gets denied the chance to run for office.
“His career is dependent on people not getting pissed off at him,” said Bennett, by way of explaining why Biggs should care if people are offended by his Twitter jokes. Um, actually, his career is dependent on his willingness to stick his penis in a pie, and while it was probably a mistake for Nickelodeon to link to his very adult Twitter feed, I fail to see how it “hurts women” for a comedian to make an observational joke that has nothing to do with claiming ownership over women’s bodies and everything to do with poking fun at public personas. (Which, last I checked, was fair game for a comedian to do.) And there’s no comparing this harmless jibe with the sincere (and racist!) lies circulated about Michelle Obama by her husband’s conservative opponents.
You know what does “hurt women,” though? Mounting student debt, a shrinking middle class, inadequate access to healthcare, restrictions on our right to decide for ourselves whether or not to have a baby, the breaking of unions, and pretty much everything the republican party stands for. As a feminist, I refuse to be distracted from these issues by some silly shit the guy from American Pie posted on Twitter.