Mean-Girls Conservatism: How Bitchy, Brainless Blowhards Are Wrecking the Right
And what upright, uptight right wingers can learn from one of the dirtiest minds in comedy today.
June 11, 2013 - 7:00 am
How fitting that the latest outbreak of unbecoming right-wing blowhardiness occurred during the Oklahoma tornado.
On May 20, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead tweeted:
This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives.
Now, I’m going to plead “menopause brain” here:
I didn’t “get” that joke at first.
I mean, I know there was a tornado in Oklahoma, and that that’s a “red state,” and Winstead is a liberal (you know this because she was once head writer for The Daily Show), and liberals hate flyover country. So.
But it took me a couple of days to realize that she was referencing the IRS “Tea Party targeting” scandals.
By the time those 48 hours had passed, the joke had already been widely and wildly condemned by conservative tweeters and bloggers. Some surprised me, since I consider them smarter than I am.
It got so bad that Glenn Beck got on Twitter and told his fans to leave her alone.
What’s worse, Winstead felt driven to apologize for the tweet.
Frankly, I think the conservative “mean girls” — the swarm of scolds who descended upon her with cries of “think of the children!!!” — should apologize to her.