Erickson, RedState editor-in-chief, talk radio host, and CNN political contributor, came under fire for a tweet he sent out last night regarding the Democratic National Convention. His oh-so-horrifying crime? He compared the conference’s first night to a performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” Lefties are blowing it way out of proportion in a fit of faux feminist outrage. We know: Shocker! They are branding Erickson a misogynist and calling for his head. Egads! A conservative man said “vagina.” It’s only edgy and cool when liberals do it!
Shortly after sending the initial tweet, he issued an apology:
But for most of those who were offended by what Erickson had said, the apology didn’t cut it. After all, Erickson didn’t break down into fits of sobbing and fall down at the feet of The Universal Sisterhood.
Media Matters is quite tickled by the whole thing:
CNN is apparently receiving its fair share of calls to drop Erickson as a contributor:
Ooo! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a super-celebrity telling CNN to fire Erickson!
This is how you know you’ve hit the big time.
ThinkProgress can barely contain its excitement. When ThinkProgress writer Annie-Rose Strasser’s not busy denigrating the elderly and female Romney supporters, she’s doing cartwheels over the supposed 32,000-plus signatures on an anti-Erickson petition:
UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group, launched the petition calling on CNN to “Take him off the air right away” for his sexist line. “Seriously?” the petition reads, “He hears powerful, eloquent women talking about crucial issues and that’s his reaction?”
Among the “Vagina Monologues” that Erickson was referring to were speeches by Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Congressional candidate and double-amputee Iraq veteran Tammy Duckworth; and the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Or — and we’re just going out on a limb here, mind you — he may have been referring to the fact that Democratic and leftist women have been calling attention to their vaginas nonstop for months. Remember National #SayVagina Day? Or how about just last week, when Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sandra Fluke engaged in some vaginal monologuing of their own at the RNC? They claim to be concerned about women’s rights, but time and time again, they reduce women to nothing more than the sum of their girly bits. Girly bits like, yes, vaginas. Giant, walking, talking, song-singing, sign-carrying, pink vaginas. But Erick Erickson is a sexist for drawing attention to them.
In spite of the fact that genuine, unapologetic sexists like Jason Biggs are being given a free pass by many on the Left, people who proudly proclaim their solidarity with the women of the world, most liberals are wildly brandishing the misogyny card and calling for Erickson to be thrown to the wolves:
That’s what Code Pink will tell you, Lindsay.
Where was all the outrage when GOP women were attacked during the RNC? Where were the demands for “civility” when they had actual vile misogyny hurled at them? Some reminders, for the comprehension-challenged:
Or before the convention.
That’s totally hunky-dory. Because conservative women aren’t “real women.” They don’t prance around in vagina costumes and all.
Naturally, notable self-proclaimed “women’s rights advocates” are piling on Erickson:
Marcotte, if you’ll recall, gleefully slammed Ann Romney and other stay-at-home moms. The faux feminist also referred to Michelle Malkin as “brutish and stupid.” But remember, folks: it’s Erick Erickson who thinks women should walk in good little submissive lockstep.
And let’s not forget about noted feminist thinker David Shuster:
For those of you who have lost count of his many heroic defenses of women, here are a few reminders:
Conservatives stuck up for Erickson:
And fortunately, there are still a few liberals with their heads screwed on straight:
Sadly, common sense is in short supply on the Left. Let’s hope CNN exercises a bit of common sense of its own amid all of this absurdity and keeps Erickson around.