Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sexism in Media: Enough is Enough

Alex Castellanos, appearing on CNN, said: "It can be accurate to call a woman a bitch." Emily's List responds:

Dear BAC,

It's happened again.

Talking heads on cable news using vile, sexist language that insults and degrades women.

This time it's GOP consultant Alex Castellanos -- purveyor of a racist attack ad on behalf of former Sen. Jesse Helms -- appearing on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Tuesday, May 20.

Commenting in a discussion about a comedy routine characterizing Hillary as a "white b**ch," Castellanos said: "And some women, by the way, are named that and it's accurate."


In that same discussion, Castellanos went on to describe Hillary as "a very abrasive, aggressive, irritating person. . ."

Join me in telling CNN that it’s time to stop condoning sexism and start showing some respect for women.

A good first step is to stop inviting Alex Castellanos onto their programs.

A better solution is to set a firm policy against letting anyone -- host or guest -- come onto CNN and spout off hateful, sexist commentary.

Please help by sending your own letter to CNN.

Feel free to borrow language from our sample message.

Click here to watch the video and send a letter to CNN.

Together we can make our voices heard,
Ellen R. Malcolm
As was pointed out in the video, no one on MSM today would be allowed to say a similar disparaging comment about Sen. Obama. If they did, not only would they be fired, but we would never hear the end of it. Using racist language is unacceptable -- AS IT SHOULD BE. But SEXIST LANGUAGE SHOULD BE UNACCEPTABLE AS WELL.

I encourage you to take a moment and make your voice heard on this important issue.

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