Forget sex, race, and religion. The biggest divider in America today is probably whether you have a sense of humor or not.
Dr. Dareld Morris runs the Morris Medical and Weight Loss Center in Fort Myers, Florida. He’s been running a radio ad in which he discusses the impact of low testosterone on men’s health. And as NBC reported — with the requisite pained look on its (metaphorical) face — Dr. Morris made a politically incorrect association in the ad, which is now going viral:
Most are not aware of the effect low T can have on your mental state. For instance your ability to focus and think clearly. As a community service, for any guys out there that are thinking of voting for Hillary, I want to offer you a free testosterone test. Let’s see if we can help.
It’s no real surprise to learn that some people think it’s funny, and some people don’t. Some people are getting their noses out of joint over it. BizPac Review picked up on one:
“I honestly feel like he’s a pinhead for saying that. Just because a man is voting for a woman, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with it. It’s sexist,” Tedazia Vinders told NBC-2. Tashara Brown told the station that businesses “shouldn’t mix business with politics.”
Of course, businesses mix business with politics all the time. (Politics certainly feels free to mix with business.) Whether it’s Bud Light telling us they’ll sell beers to “all genders,” or Ben & Jerry’s advocating renewable energy and “standing with the Occupy movement,” businesses make political statements on a regular basis. (That said, Ms. Brown may have a point that Target should have heeded, before deciding that its female and minor customers would just have to fend for themselves in the chain’s bathrooms and changing rooms.)
Dareld Morris seems to be following in the footsteps of the enterprising realtor in Illinois, who is using the upcoming election very pointedly — and with a humorous twist — to drum up business.
The difference is that Morris does tell the local news outlets he “leans right,” and plans to vote for Trump. He also says the ad is an experiment, “to see if there is a correlation between one’s health and political views.”
So if you’re a man in the Fort Myers area, why not take Morris up on that free testosterone test? Tell him which candidate you’re voting for. It’s a legitimate line of inquiry, really. I bet we’d all like to know what the empirical evidence says about low-T and voting for Hillary.