In the Blog
On Taking A Joke
Recently American conservative commentator Ann Coulter made remarks during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in which she referred to current Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as (I kid you not) a “faggot.” If you don’t believe me, you can see the clip here. You’ll see that when Coulter makes the comment it is met with what seems like might be discomfort from the audience, and then soon turns into applause.
Coulter’s defense of using “the other f-word?” It was a joke. That’s right, a joke. That’s her defence. Now, if you know anything about Ann Coulter you’re likely not surprised by this at all. She’s “accused” Clinton of being a homosexual, called Al Gore a “total fag,” and in her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism accused 9-11 widows of “enjoying their husbands’ deaths.” She’s even criticized Canada, stating Canada is “lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent.”
Now my question is not how Ann Coulter can be this way, but rather how does she get so much air time? Why is she frequently called upon by Fox News and CNN to express her opinion, when she is clearly an inarticulate biggot? A misinformed well, lunatic, if you will?
John Edwards response to the “joke?” He obviously give a little more thought to his public statements:
“I think its important that we not reward hateful, selfish, childish behavior with attention,” Edwards told reporters in Berkeley, Calif. “I also believe that is important for all of us to speak out against language of this kind; it is the place where hatred gets its foothold, and we can’t stand silently by and allow this kind of language to be used.”