Where are women and the media to react to crude ‘joke’ sexualizing Kellyanne Conway?

Where are women and the media to react to crude ‘joke’ sexualizing Kellyanne Conway?
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Maybe Nancy Pelosi and her proud fellow feminists will dress up in white again to let Rep. Cedric Richmond (D.-La.) know how little they appreciate his crude sexual joke about a woman. Then again, maybe hell will freeze over first because the woman who was the butt of Richmond’s attempt at humor was Kellyanne Conway. Richmond might also get some slack cut for him, not because of the content of his character — he has none — but because of the color his skin.

Here’s the “joke,”which riffed on the somehow controversial photo of Conway kneeling on a sofa in the Oval Office. A video of Richmond’s knee-slapper, told at a a Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner on Wednesday, follows:

I really just want to know what was going on there, because, you know, I won’t tell anybody. And you can just explain to me that circumstance, because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there. But, don’t answer, and I don’t want you to refer back to the 1990s.

When asked by The Daily Caller to comment, Richmond responded with a statement that read:

Since some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn’t I think it is important to clarify what I meant. Last night was night [sic] of levity. Where I grew up saying that someone is looking or acting ‘familiar’ simply means that they are behaving too comfortably.

I decided to use that joke due to the large social media backlash over her inappropriate posture considering there were more than 60 HBCU [Historically Black College and University] Presidents in the room.

I’m still waiting for clarification of how Conway’s “posture” was “inappropriate.” In any case, is Richmond making the case that her behavior had racially insensitive overtones? If so, he has more explaining to do.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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