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The Cupp slander

 

Conservative pundit S.E. Cupp, who is currently a host for Glenn Beck’s GBTV, found herself the subject of an incredibly vile Photoshop by Hustler magazine. 

The magazine put Cupp in a sexually degrading position, as part of a “Celebrity Fantasy.”  Beck’s website, The Blaze, has a digitally blurred copy of the image, along with a response from Cupp.  I will not reproduce it, or describe it any further.

Here is the reason Hustler gave for selecting Cupp as a target for slander:

S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side.  Cupp, an author and media commentator who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute.  But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

I’ve been discussing totalitarianism quite a bit lately.  This is among the purest expressions of totalitarian hatred I’ve seen in an American publication.  Granted, it’s Hustler, but simple minds often express uncomfortable truths with the greatest clarity.

What these people are saying is that Cupp’s political positions literally erase her dignity.  They feel entitled to treat her like a piece of meat, which can be abused in any disgusting manner they please, because they disagree with her.

And they’re doing this just a few weeks after a massive, orchestrated media campaign concerning the “War on Women,” touched off by a far less insulting joke made at the expense of a professional political activist.  But that’s not really news: leftist totalitarians are very comfortable with hurling ugly, often brutal insults at conservative women… both before and after they shriek that Rush Limbaugh’s rights to free speech must be suppressed, because he said this:

What does it say about the college co-ed Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex?  What does that make her?  It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.  She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.  She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.

Criticize the tastefulness of those comments if you wish, but none of that orbits in the same solar system as what Hustler just did.  The difference between Limbaugh’s controversial remarks, and the filth bubbling routinely from the likes of Bill Maher, is that you can discuss the Limbaugh controversy in polite company.  Anyone who railed against Limbaugh without loudly and immediately speaking up in Cupp’s defense is the worst species of hypocrite… or, more to the point, a totalitarian. 

That’s what totalitarianism means: the subordination of everything to politics.  Every principle is easily discarded, every rule effortlessly rewritten, because in the end only political causes and Party loyalty matter.  The drive for victory wipes out cognitive dissonance.  The only way to make sense of rapidly shifting, contradictory totalitarian positions is to remember that political identity transcends sex, race, professional affiliation, and everything else. 

The only thing that separates “good” from “evil” venture capitalists is their political donations.  The difference between Saint Sandra and S.E. is their position on the intersection of compulsive government force and sexual issues.  Liberals don’t have any problem with obedient women, but a pretty face offers no protection when it’s time to punish dissent.  In fact, beauty only drives the Left to greater heights of vicious abandon.  Nothing enrages them more than a provocative reminder of identity treason.  Take a look at the rest of the women they loathe: Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham…  it’s the most pleasant homework assignment I could give you.

Cupp said of the Hustler article, “You have to wonder if they had done this to someone like Nancy Pelosi or Michelle Obama, would that stand, would no one make a stink about it?  I have to think they would.”  So far, no one at the Blaze has been able to get much of a response from the National Organization for Women.  Little has been heard from the “Hush Rush” crowd.  Well, of course not!  If S.E. Cupp wanted to be respected as a woman, she should have adopted the correct ideology.  Identity is a political construct, after all.

Update: Let us puase to salute to two swift liberal denunciations of Hustler, from Planned Parenthood and Sandra Fluke, both via Twitter.

Planned Parenthood, unfortunately, just had to compare Cupp with Fluke: “Sexist attacks made against women like @SandraFluke and recently @secupp are disgraceful and cannot be tolerated.”

Fluke was more on point: “@HustlerMag depiction of @secupp so offensive. Sexualization of female public figs attempts 2 limit them 2 being sexual figures & not more.”

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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