Update on 21 Oct 2008 1714 CST: To those linking over from Slate, please realize that this post was written before I became aware that Rhiannon Volpe had been trying for weeks to get publicity for her shirts in an effort to make $$$ off of sexist hate. Please see this post for the details:
As this original post is OBE, I have turned the comments off.
This is sexist and wrong. Can you justify this any more than that stuffed monkey doll with the Obama sticker on its head carried by a man in the crowd at a McCain rally can be justified? Or the photo I saw here on OS of a man on a motorcycle with the "Nigger please, it's the White House" t-shirt that upset so many?
Why is Obama not controlling his supporters?
Perhaps neither candidate can control their supporters? If that is true and candidates cannot control every single supporter, then why is everyone upset with Senator McCain, but not Senator Obama? Why is a racial slur made by a mere supporter more important than a gender slur made by a
mere supporter campaign volunteer? (Updated based on the information provided by Politico and Senator Obama's website)
Or is the outrage only partisan in nature?
Am I being overly cynical by thinking Senator Obama won't be apologizing for this anytime soon? Or will I be suprised by his public condemnation of this gross act by his supporters that only fosters hate?
I found this at Politico:
October 12, 2008
Categories: Barack Obama
Jake Tapper's questions answered
The ridiculously industrious Jake Tapper asks who the people are who showed up outside a Palin event in Philadelphia with t-shirts whose neon green lettering carried a particularly taboo slur about Palin.
I mentioned the shirts in passing earlier, and one of their creators, emailing under the name Rhiannon Volpe, objected to my suggestion that she was a Democrat:
I personally am a registered Libertarian, supporting Obama this year. Palin is the last woman I want to hold a political office right now. Her lack of common sense, cruel treatment to animals, and just plain ignorance to what we (Americans, and even women) really care about is absolutely frustrating. The point of wearing the shirt to me is just a bold way of saying that she certainly is not liked or one of "us." To play the gender card is irrelevant, because I am a woman who wears the tshirt anyway.
She added that McCain had, reportedly, used the word himself, "so is it really that offensive?" And she said none of the people pictured were Democrats.
She's also selling the shirts online, part of a line of ironical Philly hipster gear.