Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is in hot water this week for making a shockingly stupid comment about First Lady Michelle Obama‘s body. Sensenbrenner was overheard on the phone saying:
“She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.”
This is stupid for so, so much reasons. First of all, Michelle Obama is in amazing shape. Second, a quick perusal of the CDC’s page on childhood obesity will remind you of the terrifying future we’re hurtling toward and that lecturing doesn’t seem so bad by comparison. Third, Michelle Obama’s natural body type has little to do with what she eats, whether it’s big or not. Fourth, who the fuck says “posterior”?
You may remember that class act Rush Limbaugh pulled this same shit in February, unsurprisingly taking it to a much more repulsive degree, “The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice…I’m trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you.” Because swimsuit models are the healthiest people in the world.
Whether or not you agree with Michelle’s campaigning for better nutrition, it’s completely inappropriate to disparage her for having a “large” anything. Fortunately, Rep. Sensenbrenner’s spokesperson has responded to the Daily Mail‘s post on the subject with an apology:
“Mr. Sensenbrenner was referring to the First Lady’s healthy food initiative. He doesn’t think the government should be telling Americans what to eat. While he may not agree with all of her initiatives, he plans to contact the First Lady’s office to apologize for his comments.”
Let’s stop doing this, please.