Insulting someone’s physical attributes is generally considered one of the lowest forms of political attack. And yet liberals can use it on conservatives with near impunity. That’s especially true if you’re in the entertainment industry, where that sort of thing is expected.
Take, for instance, Chuck Lorre. He is the creator of a bunch of mediocre sitcoms, perhaps most famously “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men.” I’ve never quite gotten the appeal, but plenty of people (including my wife) are addicted to the shows.
Lorre’s trademark is putting a vanity card at the end of each show as a sort of “Easter egg” to viewers. It usually goes by too quickly for anyone to read what it says, but if you go back and pause it, you’ll see a message direct from the creator himself.
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Most of the time these messages are just fluff. Sometimes, however, they’ll be political. And when he gets political, Lorre can get downright mean — mean enough to send former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee into dad mode after an attack on his daughter.
The vanity card in question comes from Thursday’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory” in which Lorre says the Deity told him that He doesn’t listen to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and hasn’t since she was a young girl.
“God told me He hasn’t spoken to Sarah Sanders since she was fourteen years old and praying for her skin to clear up,” the card read. “I have no reason to doubt Him.”
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) February 8, 2019
It seemed pretty likely that this was a reference to Sanders’ recent interview with CBN News in which she said God’s hand played a role in the last presidential election.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that He wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders said.
“That’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about,” she said.
You can disagree with this statement, of course, but Lorre decided to go from “I disagree with Sanders’ statement of faith” to “Hey! I think her skin looks bad!”
Huckabee, Sanders’ father, pointed out the double standard at play here.
“Imagine if ANY conservative said such a hateful, bullying, sexist and bigoted thing about a liberal female?” he tweeted Friday.
“How can ‘woke’ ppl be so dead in their souls as ppl like this angry bitter man?” Huckabee said. “I feel sorry for him. He needs the Jesus he mocks.”
Imagine if ANY conservative said such a hateful, bullying, sexist and bigoted thing about a liberal female? How can “woke” ppl be so dead in their souls as ppl like this angry bitter man? I feel sorry for him. He needs the Jesus he mocks. https://t.co/zNF6J1LRFN
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 8, 2019
I would personally settle for Lorre literally doing anything besides mean-spirited attacks based on religion.
During the 2012 campaign, this is the guy who attacked Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a censored vanity card because he “wears magical underwear,” a snide reference to Mormon temple garments.
And then there was his card before the midterm elections last year: “God, (I call you that even though I suspect thou art well beyond names and words and might actually be some sort of ineffable quantum situation), I humbly beseech thee to make thy presence known on November 6th,” it began.
“Demonstrate your omnipotence through us as we make ink marks on little circles in curtained booths,” his “prayer” continued. “Of course if you, in your divine wisdom, believe a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf-cheater is what we need right now, then, you know, thy will be done.”
He concluded by saying that God should “remind those who collaborate with the darkness that thou art the light, and the light is not above whipping out a little Old Testament wrath.”
Yet even that misuse of God is probably preferable to commenting on Sanders’ skin.
For as much time as liberals like spending harping on phantom misogyny, the real deal doesn’t even get addressed if it’s directed toward a conservative. There weren’t any grand think-pieces over at Jezebel calling Lorre out for his arrant sexism.
It’s almost as if those on the left believe actual misogyny can be excused because Sanders is in the Trump administration. They’ve certainly excused it before, and we have every reason to believe they’ll excuse it again.
What a surprise.