Oh, hai, CNN. What's up? Just a friendly reminder that sexism is still sexism even if it is against a woman that we all hate. When you played Pink's song Stupid Girls before a segement on CNN Sunday Morning about Sarah Palin visiting a Chick-fil-A to support their bigoted company? Yeah, not cool.
There are plenty ofsubstantive critiques to be made about Palin's bigotry, pandering to the religious right, and yes, even her stupidity. But CNN's use of the song wasn't a substantive critique on anything specific other than just calling her a stupid girl — not even just stupid, but a stupid girl — for shopping at Chick-fil-A.
And the truly stupid thing about using that particular song is that Stupid Girls is actually very pro-feminist: the song is all about Pink refusing to dumb herself down to get male attention. CNN just used the refrain that goes "Stupid girls, stupid girls, stupid girls."
This isn't the first time Palin has been treated in a sexist way. 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan called her "great masturbation material"; a creepy Arizona sheriff gifted her a pair of pink panties. And who could forget the time News Corps head honcho Roger Ailes said he hired her as a political commentator on Fox News because "she was hot and got ratings"? Likewise, Rep. Michele Bachmann made waves when she appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and house band The Roots played the song Lyin' Ass Bitch.
Obviously both have said some dumb things and both are awful human beings. But they're not awful because they are women. The focus of criticism should not be on their gender. Sexism against any person, regardless of her or his political party wrong, even if they aren't women's rights supporters.
And more to the point? The last these these two (or their party) need are legitimate reasons to continue playing the victim. Shame on you, CNN.