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June 16, 2011

New Willie Horton-style Web Ad -- Now with Misogyny!

Not Safe For Work:

Talking Points Memo is spot on when they called this ad against Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn (D) -- running in a special election to replace the retired Democratic Rep. Jane Harman (CA-36) -- "Willie Horton on steroids." But its all that and more. Let's go down the check list:
  • False accusations about her actions regarding gang members: ☑

  • False inference that the gang members in question are African-American -- Obama! -- when they were primarily Latinos: ☑

  • Depicting the opponent as demonic: ☑

  • Calling the opponent a "ho" and a "bitch": ☑

  • Depictions of various gangsters (Al Capone), gang members, Che Guevara and Charlie Manson (?!): ☑

  • Depicting the opponent as a pole dancing stripper with (bonus!) a smelly crotch: ☑

  • Depicting Hahn as about to be sexually violated with an automatic weapon...WHAT?...WTF? This has got to be the sickest, most vile ad ever.
  • And, we get to thank Citizens United for this one. The ad is not being run by her opponent, tea party Republican Craig Huey. It's being run by the brand-new Turn Right USA PAC. Via TPM:
    Turn Right USA, the sponsor, is a brand new political action committee which only filed its paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. The paperwork indicates that Turn Right USA intends to operate as a so-called "super PAC," capable of raising funds in unlimited amount, but will not use those funds to directly support federal candidates or committees.

    10 comments:

    JenEngland said...

    This really is about the most offensive thing I've seen in a long time. I'm pretty much speechless.

    Maria said...

    Yes, all around offensive, but the implied sodomy with a gun...who ever thought anything like that would ever be in a political ad???

    Heir to the Throne said...

    Progressives claim the Willie Horton Ad was full of lies but can never cite any falsehoods in the ad except
    although Horton actually went by "William", the ad's creators changed his name to "Willie

    EdHeath said...

    HTTT, which "progressives" claim the Willie Horton ad is "full of lies" and where? Do you think the Willie Horton ad relies on negative racial stereotypes?

    So you are saying that because Republicans ran the Willie Horton Ad, and claim it was not racist, that means any conservative can say anything they want on any ad?

    Salon also covered this story. Apparently the creator of *this* ad told Salon's reporter that his critics can "suck it" (echoing language on the ad itself). I suspect we will see more of this sort of thing (specifically about Obama) once the primary season gets started.

    Heir to the Throne said...

    Citing the 'disgraced' news source Salon which defended/promoted the debunked Anthony Weiner "I was hacked" hoax.

    Heir to the Throne said...

    'disgraced' Salon claimed that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party were responsible for the Tuscon shootings.

    Maria said...

    HttT,

    LOL. The ad itself says "suck it" and you can see all the truly disgusting bits in the ad yourself, yet, I have seen no criticism from you of the ad.

    But keep on spinning!

    EdHeath said...

    HTTT, at least I referenced a source, you simply ignored my questions.

    As for the Salon opinion piece you linked to, the first thing Joan Walsh says is "We won't know for a while exactly why the gunman identified as Jared Lee Loughner, 22, shot 18 people, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and we may never know why." She goes on to call for a dialing back of the rhetoric of violence, but doesn't say that Sarah Palin and/or the Tea Party is responsible for Loughner.

    Still, no reason to let a pesky thing like the truth get in your way.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON said...

    I AM A NEGRO MALE. UNFORTUNATELY - BECAUSE OF RACIAL REASONS - PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WILL PROBABLY BE RE-ELECTED. USE OF A "WILLIE HORTON-STYLE" APPROACH IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE. WHETHER IT IS FOUR OR EIGHT YEARS, SURELY, EVERYONE KNOWS THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE A CAUCASIAN MALE. THE "FOUNDING FATHERS" WERE CAUCASIAN MALES. CAUCASIAN MALES ARE DEPICTED ON OUR CURRENCY AND HIGHLIGHTED IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO YOU FREQUENTLY HEAR [IN NEWS REPORTS] THE "QUIET GRUMBLINGS" OF CAUCASIAN DEMOCRATS WHO ARE UNHAPPY WITH SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES. ALTHOUGH SOME CAUCASIAN DEMOCRATS DISAGREED WITH THE POLICIES OF CLINTON, THEY WERE ABLE TO "LOOK THE OTHER WAY" BECAUSE HE WAS STILL, "THEIR GUY." WITH THIS CURRENT PRESIDENT, CAUCASIAN DEMOCRATS CAN NOT MAKE THAT "CONNECTION." THEREFORE - TO NOT BE LABELLED AS RACISTS - UNHAPPY-CAUCASIAN DEMOCRATS WILL GIVE THE PRESIDENT THEIR SUPPORT. IN 2013 (OR, IN 2017), WILL THIS ADMINISTRATION BE VIEWED AS "AN EXPERIMENT IN RACIAL KINDNESS?"
    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON said...

    GOSH! WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS? DID I SCARE EVERYBODY AWAY? NEGRO REPUBLICANS DO EXIST AND W-I-L-L BE VOTING IN NOVEMBER.
    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON