Conservatives love to claim that the reason behind all the liberal dislike of Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (along with others, such as Ann Coulter and so on) is that the Left is really just sexist and doesn’t like conservative women. Here’s Bill Maher doing a great job at debunking this idiotic armchair psycho-babble and once again explaining that, actually, the reason for all the leftist scorn and derision towards those women in particular is because they are raving loons:
“[T]rust me: it’s not because they have breasts; it’s because they are boobs.” Love it.
Relatedly, I’d like this opportunity to make a little point. I keep hearing (from people in general, notably those on the Left) about how Maher is supposed to be sexist himself because of some of the jokes and jabs he makes, but frankly, I just don’t buy it. Yeah, he makes a few crude jokes here and there, but that’s not bigotry; it’s comedy. It’s going after an easy target. To me, it’s no more inherently sexist to make a joke about women than it is otherwise intrinsically intolerant to make a joke about Blacks, or gays, or Jews, or folks with physical handicaps or deformities, or just about anyone for any reason. Of course, some attempts at humor can be outright bigoted in themselves (such as those loathsome “Obama witch doctor” chain emails the Tea Party is so fond of), but my point is that any joke about ethnicity, sexuality and so on is not inherently bigoted; it’s just a cheap laugh. Anything can be made into a good harmless joke, if only it is developed and delivered with expertise.
As I’ve said before, jokes are by very definition not meant to be taken seriously. Just laugh or ignore them. Kvetching about humor, however lame or insulting it may be, is simply not a credible argumentative tack.