Erickson, RedState editor-in-chief, talk radio host, and CNN political contributor, came under fire for a tweet he sent out last night regarding the Democratic National Convention. His oh-so-horrifying crime? He compared the conference’s first night to a performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” Lefties are blowing it way out of proportion in a fit of faux feminist outrage. We know: Shocker! They are branding Erickson a misogynist and calling for his head. Egads! A conservative man said “vagina.” It’s only edgy and cool when liberals do it!
Shortly after sending the initial tweet, he issued an apology:
My apologies to those offended by my tweet. Wasn't my intention.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 5, 2012
But for most of those who were offended by what Erickson had said, the apology didn’t cut it. After all, Erickson didn’t break down into fits of sobbing and fall down at the feet of The Universal Sisterhood.
— SusieD (@SusieMarDom) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson misogynistic jackhole. Oh but I apologize if I offended anyone with my tweet. Wasn't my intention.
— Trisha HNT (@trixieone2) September 5, 2012
Media Matters is quite tickled by the whole thing:
— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 5, 2012
cant imagine why the right has women voter problems. RT @EWErickson: First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 5, 2012
CNN is apparently receiving its fair share of calls to drop Erickson as a contributor:
— ILoveLadybugs (@Sheri_Hill) September 5, 2012
— Burtis (@WordToMoses) September 5, 2012
— KaNuri (@KaNuri) September 5, 2012
— ThisHeartsOnFire (@JustAnotherRich) September 5, 2012
— Edward Branley (@YatPundit) September 5, 2012
— Steven Kellner (@skellner) September 5, 2012
— emmyg_la (@emmyg_la) September 5, 2012
Ooo! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a super-celebrity telling CNN to fire Erickson!
What a dick-bag! Strong women leaders = "The Vagina Monologues?" Ridiculous & sexist. CNN: Fire Erick Erickson. http://t.co/a4pr9lLG
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) September 5, 2012
This is how you know you’ve hit the big time.
ThinkProgress can barely contain its excitement. When ThinkProgress writer Annie-Rose Strasser’s not busy denigrating the elderly and female Romney supporters, she’s doing cartwheels over the supposed 32,000-plus signatures on an anti-Erickson petition:
UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group, launched the petition calling on CNN to “Take him off the air right away” for his sexist line. “Seriously?” the petition reads, “He hears powerful, eloquent women talking about crucial issues and that’s his reaction?”
Among the “Vagina Monologues” that Erickson was referring to were speeches by Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Congressional candidate and double-amputee Iraq veteran Tammy Duckworth; and the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Or — and we’re just going out on a limb here, mind you — he may have been referring to the fact that Democratic and leftist women have been calling attention to their vaginas nonstop for months. Remember National #SayVagina Day? Or how about just last week, when Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sandra Fluke engaged in some vaginal monologuing of their own at the RNC? They claim to be concerned about women’s rights, but time and time again, they reduce women to nothing more than the sum of their girly bits. Girly bits like, yes, vaginas. Giant, walking, talking, song-singing, sign-carrying, pink vaginas. But Erick Erickson is a sexist for drawing attention to them.
In spite of the fact that genuine, unapologetic sexists like Jason Biggs are being given a free pass by many on the Left, people who proudly proclaim their solidarity with the women of the world, most liberals are wildly brandishing the misogyny card and calling for Erickson to be thrown to the wolves:
hail @EWErickson defender of torture and the rich, writer of misogyny kingmaker of fail, hater of half of all americans. we're gonna miss ya
— favored soul (@bladebarrier) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson Ohhh, you're a dirty Red. That's why you're a sexist a douchebag.
— SoundsInSilence (@SoundsInSilence) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson you cynical? Try sexist, snarky and bitter. Your tweet was totally uncalled for.
— Jim (@altadenadad) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson Wow, such hatred of women. Too bad your father did not feel the same.
— Jerry Stamps (@wedive2) September 5, 2012
— ZsaZsa (@Blogsiren) September 5, 2012
wearing my vagina monologues shirt today 'cause @ewerickson is a doofus
— alex (@brunchpoems) September 5, 2012
— Karim Walker (@shift_in2_turbo) September 5, 2012
— Emperor Andoe (@EmperorAndoe) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson A pygmy dick-head would make such an impotent comment about strong, intelligent and powerful women. Quick transfer to Fox overdu
— Janice Guider (@JFaye1) September 5, 2012
— Angry Black Women (@angryblackwomen) September 5, 2012
— Judy Golden (@judehere) September 5, 2012
— BSess (@TheSlySoul) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson Do you have even a modicum of decency? Have you never respected a woman in your life?
— Hedge Fund Babe (@hedgefundbabe) September 5, 2012
Erik Erickson @EWErickson Just another "tiny" Right Wing Dick tweeking bout Dems. Vaginas. Cuz he knows Dems need a Meal "NOT" a snack!
— Póg mo thóin (@DavidSlwGoliath) September 5, 2012
— Miss Anthropy (@MissAnthropy) September 5, 2012
@EWERICKSON Dickhead Diatribes….thats what you spew! Go work for FOX…THATS WHERE YOU BELONG! #CNN#DNC2012#OBAMA2012
— alison wonderland (@Alisonnj) September 5, 2012
— The Opinioness (@OpinionessWorld) September 5, 2012
— anti socialworker (@antisocialwkr) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson to call our first lady, Ms Leedbetter and a hero like Tammy Duckworth vaginas is mean, angry and sexists. You should be ashamed
— Jim (@altadenadad) September 5, 2012
@ewerickson glad to know that I am just a vagina with a person attached to it
— Lindsay Porter (@LindsayPorter5) September 5, 2012
That’s what Code Pink will tell you, Lindsay.
Where was all the outrage when GOP women were attacked during the RNC? Where were the demands for “civility” when they had actual vile misogyny hurled at them? Some reminders, for the comprehension-challenged:
Or before the convention.
That’s totally hunky-dory. Because conservative women aren’t “real women.” They don’t prance around in vagina costumes and all.
@EWErickson Twitter hates you and ball cancer From this voodoo curse I incanted upon your spawn for 100 years,is too good…Fucktard:)
— Matthew J Hearn (@Fireflysghost) September 5, 2012
Too bad this cunt couldn't be with us last night RT @EWErickson First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.
— Jenna Hall (@jenna_hall) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson The reason you hate women so much is you are so fucking ignorant and ugly, your right hand won't even fuck you, never mind women
— J C (@puunjab) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson Hi, I'm a ginger haired fat man with two first names who makes asshole statements to get attention. Want to fuck?
— Joey Kittens (@JoeyKittens) September 5, 2012
Naturally, notable self-proclaimed “women’s rights advocates” are piling on Erickson:
http://t.co/KYGdWef0 Wow, Erick Erickson finds women who aren't submissive super fucking scary. Christ, what a baby.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) September 5, 2012
Marcotte, if you’ll recall, gleefully slammed Ann Romney and other stay-at-home moms. The faux feminist also referred to Michelle Malkin as “brutish and stupid.” But remember, folks: it’s Erick Erickson who thinks women should walk in good little submissive lockstep.
And let’s not forget about noted feminist thinker David Shuster:
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 5, 2012
For those of you who have lost count of his many heroic defenses of women, here are a few reminders:
Conservatives stuck up for Erickson:
— WitCoHE (@E__Strobel) September 5, 2012
— Ed Shahzade (@Ed) September 5, 2012
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) September 5, 2012
If you've seen Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" like I have, you'd understand the context of @EWErickson's tweet.
— CatsPolitics (@CatsPolitics) September 5, 2012
@delrayser You must not be watching. Vagina monologues is an understatement.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 5, 2012
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) September 5, 2012
— Brent (@brento76) September 5, 2012
@DavidShuster Maybe if you throw a big baby fit about it?
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) September 5, 2012
— Michael Chamberlain (@Libsarescum) September 5, 2012
— Scott Feinstein (@skifei) September 5, 2012
— Mark Impomeni (@MarkImpomeni) September 5, 2012
Glass house rules: if you're the party dancing around the DNC in vagina costumes, you don't get to be mad about @EWErickson's tweet.
— Brady Cremeens (@BradyCremeens) September 5, 2012
And fortunately, there are still a few liberals with their heads screwed on straight:
— Colleen (@YoursAlwys) September 5, 2012
Seriously, his Vagina Monologue comments are not even in the top 10 things @EWErickson has said. And none of those ten were fireable.
— Christopher Bowen (@superbus) September 5, 2012
— Nicholas Soto (@nEkoSoto) September 5, 2012
Yes, @EWErickson is a complete jerk, but since when are we against freedom of speech? It was not hate-filled bigotry, or inciting mobs.
— Margaret Heilbrun (@Magsthebookie) September 5, 2012
@EWErickson You did not have to apoligize. You're joke tweet about the DNC was in context, I'm a progressive man who still believe in humor
— Humberto Guida (@humbertoguida) September 5, 2012
Sadly, common sense is in short supply on the Left. Let’s hope CNN exercises a bit of common sense of its own amid all of this absurdity and keeps Erickson around.