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Mysogynistic, Funny, or Both?

Horowitz-HillaryClinton1H.jpgA post over on MadAtoms, a blog I’ve never heard of until today, is suddenly making the rounds, thanks in part to a link from Wil Wheaton. It’s a parody of Hillary Clinton as “The Psycho Ex-Girlfriend of the Democratic Party.” And while it’s pretty goddamn amusing, I feel a little squeamish about laughing at it, since a male candidate, for obvious reasons, would never be the subject of such a parody. Whatever: Laugh or cringe, here it is, in part:

Despite all the math counting her out, Hillary Clinton fervently remains in the race to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2008. She has become the Democratic Party’s psycho ex-girlfriend, and she’s not going away without a restraining order.
It’s 2:31 AM. The Democratic Party is sleeping peacefully when it hears its phone buzz on the night stand. It rolls over and sees “Hillary” on the caller ID. It pauses briefly, considering pushing “END” and not dealing with this shit tonight. The thought is appealing but the Democratic Party knows that if it doesn’t take this call, another one is only minutes away.
DEMS: …Hello?
Hillary: Hey baby.
DEMS: C’mon Hillary. Enough with this.
Hillary: Don’t you get it? You NEED me.
DEMS: No, I don’t. It was fun while it lasted but I’m with Barack now. I made my choice, it’s done.
Hillary: You can’t really mean that. How can you say that after all the good times we had?
DEMS: To be honest, I started hanging out with you because Bill’s pretty awesome.
Hillary: But I’m just like Bill!
DEMS: No, you’re not. Bill is charismatic, inspiring, and gets me really good weed.
Hillary: Fuck you. You’re elitist!
DEMS: I’m going back to sleep.

| Comments (8)


I would say that I am a feminist, but I found it funny.

I feel like that joke could be applied to a man, as well, though I guess the question is really "would it be?" so I dunno. Hillary pisses me off, so I thought it was amusing, and I'm a feminist.

Heh. I also found it funny, though, yeah, it's just another negative stereotype to saddle her with... I just wish she'd stop being all the things we all kind of thought she was, y'know? I always kind of thought she was a machine politician who would pander any pander and sling any mud to further her own ambition without regard to the good of the party or the country... but I always stopped myself, thinking "I don't really have any proof of that." This entire primary season has been a course in "Hillary Clinton - You Were Right About Her All Along."

I will say that the call from a needy ex isn't necessarily sexist - I've gotten that call before, but the guy was always drunk, and not nearly that coherent. The Democratic Party needs to learn the beauty of call block....

This would work as applied to a man, but he would probably be a stalker. To bad Edwards folded so quickly. We could have had some laughs.

of course, a different but comparable analogy would be to say that she is the "fucking brian" of the party. a fucking brian is that guy who hangs out with a group of friends, but no one likes him. he doesn't quite fit in, and is never invited, but always manages to find out about the party. and when he shows up, everyone says, "oh god, it's fucking brian...."
gender neutral, at least

Ewww. James. No Dane Cook references here please.

Ted Kennedy was a lot further behind in the delegate count going in to the 1980 convention than Hillary is now. And yet, he stayed in the race to the very end, without the calls to get out of the race.

Yeah, and we know how well that worked out for the Dems in 1980, arby...