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Dec
08

Cardboard

For the record, there are three issues I see with grope-gate:

a) the misogynistic implications of a woman being felt up and force fed alcohol into her pulled back head by two men (yes, this is sexual harrassment);

b) the “frat boy” culture alleged by the party atmosphere, presence of booze, and casual style of two white men raucously ganging up on a woman, even if it is a cardboard cutout, and then publishing it on a social networking site as evidence of their supposed hilarity; and

c) the complete lack of judgment evidenced by an important member of the Obama team, a young man who has been covered in The NY Times and elsewhere as largely responsible for Obama’s words and eloquence.  Favreau is the speechwriter for a candidate who won in large part because of his ability to draw enormous crowds to hear his electrifying, inspiring speeches.  He’s a player on the no-drama Obama team, a team that invested tremendously in crafting an image and a brand in their candidate.  And this is how a key image-maker behaves?

If Samantha Power is banished for calling Clinton a “monster,” then shouldn’t Favreau be kicked off the bus too?  Given the willfully public nature of his actions; their offensiveness (even if you believe it’s just “boys being boys,” this does mean you realize it’s behavior that requires rationalization, which suggests there’s something going on that needs to be acknowledged, dismissed, possibly forgiven, scolded, etc.); and Favreau’s immaturity and crudity versus Obama’s poised, professional and unruffled demeanor, I can’t believe Obama wouldn’t want to sanction this clown for his embarrassing and uncalled for behavior.

Didn’t Obama run on and beat Clinton and McCain in part because of his better judgment and cool and collected nature?  Yet, he’s got dudez like this working for him?  I listened to Tracy Morgan on TBS’s Laffapalooza for about five minutes the other night, as he painfully tried to layer one black stereotype after another ghetto behavior trope on to the Obamas and their future White House life.  Epic FAIL, as teh bloggerz say.  I don’t see how Favreau’s behavior is any less inappropriate for our President-Elect.  Although Larry Summers and Rick Warren (and Donny McClurkin) suggest otherwise, I do hold out hope that Obama is not “palling around with” men who fail to see women (and gays/lesbians) as their equals and as fully human, versus just cardboard cutouts, punching bags, helpmates, child-rearers, she-devils, and sandwich makers.

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5 Responses to “Cardboard”


  1. 1 pocochina
    December 8, 2008 at 3:54 am

    And it just makes my skin crawl that I know those guys. Okay, not Favreau and his comrade-in-simulated-assault, but guys who have everything, who love power, and writing pretty words about justice and their moral rectitude, who think this crap is hilarious. This is what they think of me. I just love having it thrown in my face by the voice of the President-Elect.

    I do hold out hope that Obama is not “palling around with” men who fail to see women (and gays/lesbians) as their equals and as fully human

    Well, that’s what makes you the optimist. I think you know what I think of optimism.

  2. 2 grahamad
    December 8, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Pocochina, you bring up such a good point – that these guys and their behavior is so familiar. It makes it that much more alienating and frustrating.

  3. December 8, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Also, I feel I should point out that Samantha Powers is back working for the transition team.

  4. 4 grahamad
    December 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    RKMK – I know that she is back in the fold. But she did wander the wilderness for awhile! I bet with Favreau there will be no such sanctions.

  5. December 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve posted both and please feel free to forward anything else you write or find. I am mad as hell that there has been no response from the Obama camp regarding this.


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