Thursday, March 08, 2007

Coulter's Guide to Insults

Warning: Contains inappropriate language - unless you are at a conservative convention.
Ann Coulter, as you are all surely aware, caused a bit of a stir this past week by calling John Edwards a faggot. Apparently her justification is that, well, Edwards isn't actually gay and therefore couldn't possibly be offended by such a harmless taunt. Coulter says:
"It is a schoolyard taunt, and unless you're going to announce here on national TV that John Edwards, married father of many children, is gay, it clearly had nothing to do with that. It's a schoolyard taunt."
Oh, so when a slur is applied to someone who is not actually in the category of people that said slur is meant to insult, it's okay. What's next? Maybe Ann will refer to Bill Clinton as a "nigger," it couldn't possibly be offensive, since Clinton is White. Ann's critique of an American with Italian ancestry like Rudy Giuliani could never include hateful words like "wop" but maybe she could call Mitt Romney a "wop" - simply as a schoolyard taunt.

Barack Obama's multiracial heritage makes him a bit of challenge, both "honky" and "nigger" are off the table for Ann. I suppose she could recycle "faggot" but that's getting a bit old. I guess it's part of Coulter's job to figure out this conundrum.

In the meantime, I think I will refer to Ann Coulter as a horrible mutant offspring of Skeletor, Barbie, and Barbie's horse. Remember she could never take offense, because it isn't true - or that's what I'm told.

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