Left-Wing Media’s Double Standard in Objectifying Right-Wing Women
Fat-shaming the White House press secretary ... that's apparently OK for those who hold a certain political point of view
For a group of people who are ultra-sensitive about political correctness, left-wingers seem to be quite comfortable about attacking right-wing women.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, was the victim last week of attacks from the Left — on television and in print — though this is, sadly, nothing new in the months since she’s been on the scene as a press spokesperson for President Donald Trump.
Los Angeles Times columnist David Horsey criticized Sanders for her appearance last Wednesday, saying she did not look like someone President Trump would hire. Horsey wrote, cruelly, that Sanders “looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games.”
While the White House did not comment, Horsey was the brunt of significant online backlash — which led him to apologize in his column for objectifying Sanders.
"I want to apologize to Times readers — and to Sarah Huckabee Sanders — for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper," he wrote.
"Saturday Night Live," the satire show on NBC that has become essentially an anti-Trump hysteria machine, was the latest to follow this trend on Saturday. During its White House press conference segment, the show insulted Sanders' intelligence, implying she could not answer simple questions. The segment chastised an analogy she made on October 30, in which she explained why the administration would cut taxes on the wealthy — calling it a "six-minute riddle."
The biggest and most blatant criticism of her, however, came with the use of Demi Lovato's song "Confident," starring Aidy Bryant, who portrayed Sanders. During the press conference, the Sanders character as played by Bryant randomly broke into song and dance.
Many people on the Right were unhappy with the depiction, including the popular blog Chicks on the Right, which called it "misogynistic" and accused "SNL" of fat-shaming Sanders.
LifeZette reached out to the network for a comment on the matter. NBC Entertainment Publicity Vice President Lauren Roseman, a spokeswoman for "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Seth Myers," said the company would not comment about any allegations of misogyny and fat-shaming directed at Sanders. NBCUniversal Television Group Publicity Executive Vice President Rebecca Marks also did not comment.
This, of course, was not the first time "SNL" has had a controversial depiction of Sander this year. In May, the show included a skit in which Bryant's character calls Sanders' mother a "big Southern hamburger"; Bryant was also constantly eating throughout the segment.
In recent years, late-night comedy shows have made it clear where they align politically. Skits criticizing former President Barack Obama were virtually nonexistent throughout his years in the Oval Office; and at the end of his presidency, "SNL" actually featured a tribute to him. The show ran the famous song, "To Sir, With Love," from the 1967 film of the same name starring Sidney Poitier, while showing a picture of Obama in the background.
Talk about alienating a large portion of the potential audience ... but they don't care. They'd rather have a liberal echo chamber.
When it comes to women on the Left, however, most of these networks are protective of their own. Late-night comedy shows never make fun of the likes of outspoken left-wing actresses Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer — a relative of New York's Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader. Both women have been criticized for their weight in other venues, but "SNL" has used Amy Schumer to perform many skits, while Dunham has appeared on several late-night shows.
In today's politically correct culture in the United States, the left-wing media decided it would be best to leave themselves a loophole in which they can criticize other people's appearances — but only if those "other people" don't adhere to the Left's liberal mindset or sensibilities — or, worse, happen to have their own distinct point of view. Talk about alienating a large portion of their potential audience ... but it seems they don't care. They'd rather have a liberal echo chamber.