Sexist Asses on Michelle Obama.

(cross-posted at kickin it with cg and motley moose)

I'm pissed.  And for that reason I cannot really formulate a coherent response to this pile of fail:

[partial transcript starting about 1:45] Mohr: I'd like to talk about the basketball playoffs, I'd like to talk about "King" [LeBron] James, this guy could actually be greater than Michael Jordan. I'd like to talk about Kevin Garnett. This guy's the Michelle Obama of the Celtics: he doesn't really do anything, but damn, he looks good, doesn't he, Jim? Michelle Obama--that is a big dude. When Barack plays pick-up games at the White House, you know he picks Michelle as at least his forward, maybe his [center], depending on who's in Congress that day. That has to be like being married to Elton Brand. She is a big. dude. I like when she put her arm around the Queen of England and she put her in a headlock and told her, "I've been waiting 200 years to put my arms around you, lady!" I love that. I like how she shaved off all her eyebrows, and then drew them back way too high into an arch and then straight back down, so she always looks super surprised. She kinda--Michelle Obama kinda looks like the Count on Sesame Street, that's great. [mimicking the Count] "One, ah, ah, ah. One black President, ah, ah, ah."

Luckily though, there are a couple of people that have an appropriate reaction.

Holly over at Feminste writes:

Real classy way to treat the First Lady -- but if you ask me, Jay Mohr has always been about as funny as a week-old sack of dead rats. He's clearly whipping out his most tired material for Rome's sports-radio army of clones, too. Scott Madin noted over at Shakesville that there are even more racist, transphobic jokes (somehow related to steroids and gynecomastia, I guess?) later on in the clip, at about 3:30.

Over at Shakesville Madin handily notes:

Rome's website is here, and it looks like at least one of his features is sponsored by Chevy. According to Wikipedia, he's syndicated by "Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications," and also hosts a show on ESPN. Judging from the clip, I'm guessing writing to Rome's show will not be productive, but contacting Clear Channel, ESPN, and/or advertisers (in a quick search I wasn't able to find out anything about other advertisers, but Chevy's contact page is here) might be more effective.

Nothing funnier than a dash of transphobic misogyny?

Tags: jay mohr, jim rome, Michelle Obama, misogyny, sexism (all tags)




One last note, thanks to pear_shaped_Sara in comments at Shakesville: here's what Michelle Obama's eyebrows looked like when she was a kid.
Jay Mohr's Stupid Assumptions: 0.
Insanely Awesome Eyebrows: 1.

by canadian gal 2009-05-22 06:56PM | 0 recs
Re: asses.

Apropos of nothing, does pear_shaped_Sara have underscores in her name, or did you add them to make it clear that it wasn't your assessment?

The username reminded me of the god brouhaha.

by Jess81 2009-05-23 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: asses.



Well I don't know what part of mydd's code I'm setting off, but that's supposed to be a underscore.

by Jess81 2009-05-23 08:32AM | 0 recs
Re: asses.

had an underscore.

by canadian gal 2009-05-23 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Sexist Asses on Michelle Obama.

It's been a year since Larry Johnson announced the existance of the "Whitey" video.  Yet it hasn't surfaced.  Or was it "white tea"?

by Khun David 2009-05-22 11:27PM | 0 recs
Larry Johnson sleeps with sheep.

by chrisblask 2009-05-23 05:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Johnson sleeps with sheep.

...and unsurprisingly, the sheep fake it.

by fogiv 2009-05-23 09:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Sexist Asses on Michelle Obama.

Yeah, some bloggers declared a holiday on the anniversary, dubbed "Whitey Day", and I guess a few people on their own decided to pop over to No KKKuarter to celebrate.  It's hilarious - that was a day that Larry was soliciting limericks about Nancy Pelosi, and a third of them wind up being about the Whitey Tape.

"SHUT UP, BOT?  WHERE'S BARRY'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"  They were pissed - it was awesome.

by Jess81 2009-05-23 08:14AM | 0 recs
YEAH! I never ridiculed Nancy Reagan!

Oh shit.

by Thaddeus 2009-05-23 09:07AM | 0 recs
Re: YEAH! I never ridiculed Nancy Reagan!


by Jess81 2009-05-23 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Sexist Asses on Michelle Obama.

I agree that it was kind of tasteless, but if this had been a year ago and Jay Mohr had shredded Laura Bush nobody hear would care at all. My biggest complaint is that his comments on Michelle Obama just weren't that funny, on the other hand going off about Manny Ramirez was pretty hilarious.

by JDF 2009-05-23 09:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Sexist Asses on Michelle Obama.

Not funny?  That "two black presidents, thrrree black presidents" is comedy gold.  Gold.

As for Laura Bush - maybe not if it had happened a year ago, since we had our hands full, what with terrorist fist jabs, baby mamas, and Flowbee's House o' Crazy, but a year and a half ago I shushed my father for making a Laura Bush joke.  Wasn't even sexist, just uncalled for.

by Jess81 2009-05-23 02:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Sexist Asses on Michelle Obama.

Nigel Tufnel:

"What wrong with having a sexy ass on Michelle Obama?  I think it's very sexy!"

David St. Hubbins:


That was the first thing I thought of when I read your headline.  :)

by Captain Bathrobe 2009-05-23 11:23AM | 0 recs


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