Monday, December 29, 2014
Another Good Reason Why Rex Murphy Should be Fired
You might think that after all that happened at the CBC this year, Rex Murphy might know when to press the mute button.
You might think that with all those horrible stories about violence against women, that nasty Con dwarf might exhibit a smidgen of human decency.
But no, he'd rather use his last National Post column of the year to dump all over the feminist movement.
Is this the feminism of 2014, flocks of feminists going undercover into the Toys R Us stores, foisting micro-propaganda into tiny toddlers tea sets and light sabres? The story is an outlier, some might say — but the some would be very wrong. In an era when college students under the mighty sway of heteronormative patriarchy have conjured up the concept of “micro-aggression” and stamped their books with “trigger warnings,” there is surely nothing too silly, too intellectually vacuous, for educated feminists to embrace.
As only he could.
Witness that most risible spectacle of Beyoncé — the Chanticleer of Bootylicious — giving a performance at the TV Music Awards that would have the most talented stripper envious of its lavish lasciviousness, assuming poses that would embarrass the most veteran proctologist, while on a backdrop, in bright lights and huge lettering the word “FEMINIST” flashed to the world how “empowering” the louche lewd and lecherous exhibition really was.
Once the grubby little demagogue used to dribble and drool about Pamela Anderson's "boobs." Or Madonna and her sex life. Now he's going on about Beyonce's "Bootylicious" and proctologists.
Using the most absurd examples to caricature and smear an entire movement, and revealing once again his ghastly misogyny.
Am I “mansplaining” here? I surely hope so. Mansplaining is a bit of this year’s wombspeak, a coinage of great self-satisfaction and smugness which attempts to put down reconciling reality to facts, naming fables when they are fables, and contesting any of the dogmas of the enlightened sisterhood, as mere condescension from the other gender. It should be paired with “femsplaining” which is of course pure unshampooed truth — as determined, of course, by when and if it works for the cause.
But of course why should we be surprised? When as I pointed a few months ago, the man is a fierce social conservative, of the American tea bagger kind, and is like them a ghastly homophobe.
Who during the gay marriage debate actually demanded that Jean Chretien should use the notwithstanding clause to deny LGBT Canadians their equal rights.
The right to discriminate is not always a popular freedom to argue for. But it is an absolutely essential one to churches -- which, by their nature, must be able to pick and choose between what they believe to be moral and what they believe to be immoral. For that right to begin to be taken away even before gay marriage has been enshrined in federal law would be an immensely dark omen.
And homophobia and misogyny inhabit the same dark and sweaty crawl place.
What is surprising, and outrageous, is that a right-wing demagogue like Rex Murphy
should continue to be employed by the CBC.
Continue to make regular appearances on the CBC's flagship news show, continue to spread his reactionary views on women and climate change, continue to recite his Con talking points like others recite the Rosary.
And of course, continue to shill for Big Oil...
But what makes Murphy's latest foul eruption even worse, is that coming in the midst of the Ghomeishi scandal, it only reinforces the view that some old and powerful males at the CBC are out of control, and think they can say or do ANYTHING.
Am I mansplaining myself Rexy? You grubby little millionaire.
You know. I'm waiting to see how CBC management handles the Ghomeishi Scandal. But judging by the way they have handled the Murphy Scandal, I find it hard to believe that anyone could have any confidence in them to do the right and decent thing.
Heads need to roll. The CBC needs to cleanse itself.
And they can start that long healing process TOMORROW.
By firing this ghastly tea bagger...
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