Monday, February 06, 2012

Fail Quote: Penn Jillette calls author of article he didn’t like a “fucking talentless cunt”

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While Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) is usually as dickish as he is brilliant, I’ve come to love his work, particularly when he tears into some form of bunkum or another. But there’s just nothing that can excuse this sort of a response to an article authored by a woman who he finds insufficiently amusing:

Twitpic screenshot of Penn Jillette’s sexist comment by Lindy Wet

My transcript: (click the [+/-] to expand/collapse →) []

Penn Jillette: What a remarkably stupid cunt. Why did I read this? Strained comedy that does exactly what she's busting. Horrible. How about not watching? This is just someone trying to hate people and be superior and having to work really hard at it. She does the same fucking joke 4 times and pats herself on the back for it. I've never seen any of these ads, and never will, but what a fucking talentless cunt.

I’ll start off by saying that it would be useful to see just where this message comes from (the closest we get is a Twitpic shot by Lindy West herself), but only for the purposes of context, not making excuses. Because nothing short of Penn coming out and declaring that his account was hijacked by a troll could possibly defend this sort of vileness.

It’s so sad to see erstwhile respected and beloved figures fall so low. It only reminds us how important it is to remember that nobody’s perfect, including those we hold up as our icons and role models, and that even the best are prone to various biases and prejudices … including being a raging and bizarrely petty sexist asshole.

In the end, as Jen remarks, the freethought/skeptical community can do much better than embrace someone who thinks women who fail to crack jokes to their liking are “stupid”, “fucking talentless cunt[s]”.

(via Blag Hag)