By JORDAN ECARMA
And now they want to censor how you talk about Hillary Clinton. (Referring to Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as “the two Cuban guys” and saying “there’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal” are both totally still OK though.)
Actress Lena Dunham has been stumping for Clinton and kindly offered Variety a list of words that media should stop using when they write about everyone’s favorite super-fun presidential candidate.
Via The Blaze:
“The way that Hillary Clinton has been talked about in the media is so gendered and rabidly sexist in every single portrayal,” Dunham said. “The adjectives, whether it’s attacks on her personal life or the adjectives that are used to describe her clothing, we have to do a full re-examination.”
“Like, I literally want to make a list that we hand to media outlets that says these are the words you can’t use when you’re describing a female candidate: shrill, inaccessible, difficult, frumpy, plastic,” the “Girls” star continued. “I mean, there’s just a list of words that if we were allowed to talk about male candidates like that, I’d have a fucking field day. I’d enjoy my life so much.”
I’ve taken the liberty of examining this list and deciding whether or not they accurately describe Clinton. (Yes, I took out “frumpy.” I’ll give Lena that one because it’s totally sexist—I just hope she knows that also applies when you’re talking about a female conservative politician.)
I’m sorry, but you’re telling me this wasn’t shrill?
HILLARY GOES SHOPPING YOU GUYS.
Last May, NPR tallied just 13 reporter questions Clinton had answered since announcing her candidacy. Three of her answers were about the “great time” she was having in Iowa, while one was about “daffodils and tulips.”
Getting face time with Clinton was apparently so rough that outlets took to posting wishlists of what they would ask her if she deigned to talk to them. CBS News had “10 questions for Hillary Clinton” last May while Bloomberg View had 16. And let’s not forget that even when Clinton allows reporters to hang out with her campaign, they literally have to be bound by ropes to stay a proper distance away from her.
And of course, Clinton’s biggest moment of inaccessibility has been the email controversy. Whether it’s failing to turn over important emails or begrudgingly handing them over in awkward paper form, Clinton has not improved her record for transparency.
I’d say “inaccessible” just about covers it.
Active and retired Secret Service agents interviewed for Ronald Kessler’s “The First Family Detail” described Clinton as an absolute terror to protect.
“As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident,” Kessler described.
The former First Lady was known for cursing at Secret Service drivers and never saying thank you.
“Hillary was very rude to agents, and she didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military,” former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman recalls. “She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.”
I have a begrudging respect for the badass, ruthless, takes-no-prisoners version of Hillary Clinton. Sure, her Clinton Foundation is probably funded by more than one deal with the devil and she did put national security and people’s lives at risk with her secret email server. But she overcomes each scandal with a corrupt aplomb you have to admire—in the same way you love watching Frank Underwood get away with hell on “House of Cards.”
But the sloppy, pandering and yes, plastic 2016 campaign version of Clinton has been, quite frankly, incredibly embarrassing. Taking selfies with Kim Kardashian, letting Dunham take over your Instagram and clinging to any available young person in a desperate Hail Mary pass to win the liberal millennial vote (which Bernie Sanders has locked down anyway)? Please, have some dignity.
Just gonna leave this here …
Jordan Ecarma is a former journalist now living the millennial dream: getting paid for writing Facebook statuses (that is, digital PR). She watches her use of the f-word ("feminism") around conservatives and the c-word ("conservatism") around feminists. Find her under @JordanEcarma.