• Thu, May 26 2011

Progressive Talk Radio Host Ed Schultz Suspended For Calling Laura Ingraham A Slut

In media news today, liberal talk show host Ed Schultz got a slap on the wrist and one week of vacation unpaid leave for calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a slut on the air yesterday, as part of a criticism of her negative comments about Obama.

Here’s what he said:

“Rain, thunderstorms, winds getting whipped into tornadoes of horrific proportions. Hot weather, all of this stuff. And what are the Republicans thinking about? They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. But you know what they’re talking about? Like this right-wing slut, what’s her name, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut.”

Sooo, yeah. I’m no conservative, but this is not about liberal versus conservative. This is about the fact that no matter what your political persuasion, it’s never cool to use sexist slurs as a way to insult women. On her Facebook page, Ingraham called Schultz a misogynist for his remarks (after pretending she didn’t know about his show…zing!).

And honestly? At the risk of sounding alarmist, there are people out there who use the word “slut” as a way to define rape victims. Whether we’re reclaiming it (hi, Slutwalk), not reclaiming it, or trying to figure out what we want to do about it, the word, at this moment in time, is still hugely derogatory to women. Besides, even if we do successfully reclaim it, I’m not sure it will ever be OK for men to sling around willy-nilly…but that’s another post for another day.

So, not OK, Schultz. And by the way, you’re making progressives look bad.

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  • Eileen

    What the fuck is a “talk slut”? Is she juxtaposed against, say, a “silence slut”? Or is her antithesis more like a “sing slut”?

    I mean, obviously this man appears to be “progressing” towards a future I really hope doesn’t come true, but to make matters worse his comments don’t even make sense.