Last week Mike Huckabee, prospective GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, pastor, and Fox News host, revealed his views about women during a radio interview. His remarks have stirred up a mess o’gritty squabbling about what appeared to be an insult directed at his former Fox News colleagues.
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Huckabee was responding to a question about whether he went through any “culture shock” when he came to New York to do his program on Fox News. He answered saying…
“Absolutely a cultural shock. … I thought, man, this is a different planet. And I came more and more to realize that the cultural divide is significant. It’s one of those things where in a business meeting that you might have in the South or in the Midwest there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the f-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting.
“In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it. And you know, you are just looking around, saying, my gosh, this is worse than locker room talk. This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman, and for a woman to say them in a professional setting, we would only assume that this is a very, as we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”
Following the interview, Huckabee was criticized for apparently insulting the women at his former network. However, he hit back saying that…
“I never said anything derogatory about the people at Fox News. I talked about the overall coarseness of conversation and gratuitous profanity that I hear in places in what I call the bubble zoo like New York, Washington and Hollywood. But, clearly, the reporters who took those headlines and made those stories up made ‘em up out of thin air. It’s an outright lie.”
That denial was picked by conservative media who also accused liberals of making up the quote and posting what they said was the whole statement to prove their contention. However, they left out the question that Huckabee was asked which explicitly referenced Fox News:
“So you were a successful governor there, and you’ve been doing a very successful talk program on Fox News. That means you went from the frying pan to the fire.”
So it could very easily be interpreted that Huckabee was responding directly to the query about his move from Arkansas to Fox News in New York. It could also be interpreted as being meant more generally about what Huckabee calls “Bubbleville” (as opposed to “Bubbaville”). Therefore, it was certainly not made up and there is no justification for calling it a lie. In Huckabee’s defense, the best that he could say is that he answered a bit clumsily.
The big problem that no one is talking about is that if we take Huckabee at his word that he was not referring to the women at Fox News, than he is asserting that the insult was meant to apply to an even larger group of people who inhabit America’s big cities. Huckabee is, in effect, making a broad assertion that everyone – men and women – in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, etc., are trashy. How is that better?
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The truth is that Huckabee is continuing in the mold of Republicans who have an innate hostility toward women in general. He regards them as being a separate class of citizen that must behave differently than men to be considered respectable. And while he denies that he was referring to the women of Fox News directly, he is still insulting them because they are also women who live in New York. There is simply no getting around this for Huckabee. He was even called out by Fox’s Megyn Kelly who told him on behalf of the women at Fox that…
“I do have some news for you before I let you go. We are not only swearing. We’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having premarital sex, we have birth control before we go to work, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men.”
Kelly’s admission reveals that Huckabee was, in fact, lying when he said that he never heard the women at Fox use bad language. That is nothing new for him. He was recently embroiled in a controversy wherein he complained about Beyonce being a bad influence, but gave Ted Nugent a pass, and even performed with him on his show. Then, reacting to the hypocrisy, he said that Nugent had changed the lyrics for that performance, which the videotape shows to be a lie (Also, Huckabee has never complained about the constant stream of vulgarities from his pal, Nugent). On another occasion he went full-birther during a radio interview, but afterward gave an excuse that was likewise proven to be false.
For a former Christian minister who professes to want to lead a moral revival in his quest for the presidency, he has sorry record of adhering to the truth. After all, not lying is one of the Ten Commandments, and Huckabee can’t manage to abide by it.
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Aside from Huckleberry’s swipe at women, I’d also like to call out his shameful trash-talk against the big cities on our coasts. I live fairly near LA and whenever I go, I find the residents I come in contact with to be quite nice and no more flaky than any other city I’ve visited. I’ve been to San Francisco a couple times too, and the people there are lovely and not just a bunch of deviants, as conservatives like to imply. And recently I went to Manhattan with my wife and kids… we were all surprised to find that the stereotypes of hostile, stressed-out, unfriendly inhabitants were way off. Everybody was sweet as can be! People of every age, ethnicity and orientation helping each other, holding hands, love was in the air! We could walk up to the weirdest looking New Yorker on the street and ask directions or whatever, and they’d be ever-so-nice!
The contrast with the small, rural, midwestern town I grew up in is indeed very stark, but in the opposite way from what Culture Warriors like Huckaderp tell us. People in small-town flyover country are mostly paranoid, angry, anxious, intolerant, and often unfriendly to outsiders. They weren’t always quite so bad, but the so-called “conservative movement” has been stirring up the less-sophisticated folks against everybody else for decades now. All for political gain. Sick right-wing degenerates are ruining America!
I find it deeply depressing that Huckabee’s bigoted inanities are giving a little credence and credibility to Megyn Kelly and her bigoted inanities.
As usual, you are lying once again. Huckabee was not referencing the women at Fox News. He thinks that women swearing like sailors is trashy. Well, yeah.
“…innate hostility toward women…”
Women, especially women form Fox News are sensitive to words like this because people like Huckabee are influential in their circle. I am a girl from big city and, then I have read the exact Huckabee words, I just shrugged my shoulders: “Ok, not a big deal, there is a cultural difference, obviously. My friends think that a woman without education, who is not able to support herself or at least participate in an intellectual discussion is trashy. But who cares…” Well I think swearing is irrelevant. I am 50 y.o. I remember then I was 20 and I was a student at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology we had a discussion: could guys swear in the presence of girls. My opinion was that I don’t see anything offensive in it. If someone swear in my presence why should I take it personally? Most likely he’s just expressing his pain and frustration about something, and the real meaning of the word is just “Ouch!” Why is it offensive? If he’d like to offend me he’d be able to tell me something really offensive without any profanity. So basically in my cultural environment I treat profanity words like emotional expression of frustration. I leaned different languages and some words in foreign language could sound like a profanity word in my native language. It is just a sound. We need to understand meaning of the sounds, we should not get easy offended just by a sound. LOL
Ask yourselves why Jesus NEVER went to the church leaders to preach and why was not one church leader chosen to be a Disciple of Jesus?
Matthew 20:18-19 “Behold , we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock , and to scourge , and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”
Guys read your Bibles and do not let these manmade religious groups like the Christian Right, the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, the Family Talk Radio, the Wallbuilders, the Pat Robertsons, the Tony Perkins, the Mike Huckabees, and James Dobsons tell you what the Bible translates to. These church leaders are the same breed of leaders that the Bible in Matthew is speaking of when they murdered Jesus Christ on that cross. They tell you education and thinking for yourselves is wrong just as the chief priests and scribes told the people then that Jesus was evil enough to be put to death. Read your Bibles and pray! God will make sure you understand what HE wants you to understand.
These fake Christians that I am talking about are stealing from the poor and God will punish these deceivers.
Regardless of what he said – having any current or former christian minister as a president or any position of authority in this country would be horrible.
This is what you get when you pull some yokel out of Dumbfuckistan and put him in a sophisticated urban setting. Is it sophisticated to swear? Hell naw. But it’s utterly unsophisticated to be surprised when people do it.
I have heard GW Bush use the F word. Fuckabee didn’t say shit about that.
He’s not anti gay….
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