-GQ's Men of the Year, “The Men of Breaking Bad”
I know that railing against GQ for being sexist is like railing against The Joy of Cooking for mentioning food. But if the four points on your idiotic metaphorical compass can stretch to accommodate five characters, then why not seven? It is steamin’ bullshit to write about the ensemble of Breaking Bad and fail to mention the amazing performances of Anna Gunn and Betsy Brandt as Skyler and Marie.
Perhaps GQ felt they had pushed the envelope enough already with their feminist declaration that Kristen Wiig is a total bro, bro.
This, to me, is the classic bigot move. The silly level of specificity here suggests to me that this blowjob met a single female sales executive at a top car dealership, maybe two, and extrapolated from there, because he was already pretty much on board with being sexist. So, uh, in conclusion, sexism is the worst, the end.
… and Vaughn just did a really good job of making me (A WOMAN!) not want to see this movie.
Well, fuck you, sir.
I am SHOCKED. jk, the dude’s obviously a jackass, suit yourself if you were gonna see this movie, I guess. Here’s something for the ladies! It’s called disrespect.
…Anna’s… funny like a guy would be funny."
— Whoops, The New Yorker, you tried to write an article about a woman comedian and your writer and interview subjects are misogynists! Better luck next time?
Julian Assange, in a phone conversation with the editor of UK magazine Private Eye.
Now, in fairness, I don’t know anything about Private Eye, including whether it’s remotely credible. The name of the magazine certainly sounds tabloidy. I guess I could do “research” on this, but no.
So, assuming that this phone call is being faithfully reported, why are folks highlighting the antisemitism in the phone call (Assange proposed and then abandoned the theory that several Jewish Guardian journalists were conspiring to malign him) while ignoring gems like the above? I’ll confess that I’m happy to see Assange flirting with public antisemitism, because that is the kind of shit that gets people upset with you. Not like, you know, being sexist. Loudly. While you are a defendant in a rape case.
Maybe the idea is that the antisemitism is something new. Is that the idea? That we are all on the same page about him being a terrible misogynist? Maybe we are. Are we? Somebody tell me if everyone agrees that Julian Assange is a terrible misogynist. Because if we don’t all agree about that yet, I’d like to keep hammering at that point.
I know Muffin linked to Jezebel’s post about the Daily Show and sexism the other day, but this follow-up post is also definitely worth a read.
UPDATE BY MUFFIN AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE:
One quote in particular bugged me:
As Daily Show co-creator Madeleine Smithberg told me, “You’re talking about a group of people that are by definition dysfunctional. Unless they’re Dane Cook, these guys have probably not historically enjoyed much success with women in their personal lives. To most male comics and comedy writers, women are foreign creatures.”
I just have to say, are people not interacting with the opposite sex outside of dating? Because that sounds like crazy person talk. MEN AND WOMEN: You are allowed to talk to each other, even when sex isn’t the goal. And most of the men and women I know are doing that. This is a ridiculous point of view on gender relations. That is all.