Dear Roseanne Barr:
March 7, 2008 9 Comments
Is you smokin’ that psychedelic good shit? Has someone laced your estrogen with something new? Count me out.
The sheer amount of entitlement needed to write that half-assed manifesto is sickening. Clinton is LOSING. We can quibble about what “losing” means but if we go by the delegate count, as the convention will likely use before she convinces the superdelegates that the American people’s votes don’t count, she’s losing. Who is telling her to take vice president? How is it not racist to tell a black man to BOW to white women and suborn himself to his competition for no good goddamned reason? Because she fights dirty? Is you trippin’?
I would CRY if there were a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket because after this political competition I have little to no faith that the two of them can work together. I don’t. I would be scared and I would count our democratic process as a farce and a failure if it comes to that point.
If…hmmm, who would be crazy enough to write something like this…Chris Rock! (No offense, Chris.)
If Chris Rock wrote an editorial tomorrow telling Clinton to kneel to the black folk and become vice president for the good of the nation because Obama’s too angelic for her monstery monsterness, would you call him a sexist for telling Clinton to take a backseat to a man? Yes, you probably would. And you’d be right. So why are we doing this same phenomenon with racism?
Because don’t be mistaken: it is racist to tell a black man, under the banner of MLK no less, to bow down in literal or metaphorical terms to a white woman if you know anything about history and how black men died at the mere whisper of a white woman accusing him of WHATEVER.
Politics has always been disgusting; but this year takes the cake. If all the active brainpower channeled towards shitty op-eds were directed toward ending the war or fixing our sickness-unto-death economic situation, we wouldn’t have to focus on Election ’08 and another four years of incremental political inaction!
People have been reaming black women for months now for not embracing their inner girlchild by supporting Hillary Clinton since this political season began. And you know why we havent’? Because if you don’t slap our left cheek, you sucker punch the right one with stupid shit like this op-ed. You can’t argue that you want an equal playing field and then tell someone who is winning that he should step back and let the woman take it. They are matched fairly evenly on everything except for a few issues. Why would anyone logically back down now? Neglecting the other forms of reasoning — logically, why would either of them go so far and then choose to step back?
Plus, the endless constant is always YOU HEFFAS STILL DON’T LISTEN to the majority of the women in this world. So I’d have to wonder who Mr. Obama would actually be bowing down to in this situation. Because it likely ain’t me.
So, in the end, Roseanne?
Prince says no.
A Pissed-Off Woman Speaking of Her Own Accord and on Her Own Behalf Against the Proliferation of Bullshit.
P.S. Universal health INSURANCE is not the same as universal health CARE. And Larry David is right. No phones. Please God, no phones of any color.
And yes, there are sexist elements to that op-ed. Telling the female candidate to put on a sarong and go chill? For real for real? Fuck you both.
But I agree with everything else — her sense of entitlement, her sheer ruthlessness in tearing down Obama at the expense of dividing the party and arming the Republicans with smear fodder…this election is NOT about her. I’ll be fully surprised if the party will come together by November to vote for anyone. The desperation of our politics reflects the sheer desperation of our country to reach a height it may not reach again, and it reflects the horror of a citizenry that hasn’t come to grips with that realization yet.
We will not have a president that can bring our lives back to the way things were when things seemed better. We cannot regress. Things have irreparably changed the landscape of our nation. But if we changed our course to fixing problems and to making sacrifices so we all can live, we might gain our dignity back. We might find allies who are as committed to protecting our security rather than eroding our civil liberties. We might be able to resurrect our economy by strengthening our reliance on our disenfranchised working class. We might even shift our health priorities to a system of proactive disease prevention. Do you know how many people are dying of negative stress these days or taking pills and placebos for amorphous maladies?
The times are calling for us to do something for this nation beyond casting a single ballot. People need to start listening. Pick up your own red phone and do something. Don’t wait for any elected official to do it for you.