Monday, September 22, 2008

Sandra Bernhard: Racist and Colluder

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"Now you got Uncle Women, like Sarah Palin, who jumps on the shit and points her fingers at other women. Turncoat bitch! Don’t you fuckin’ reference Old Testament, bitch!" Bernhard said. "You stay with your new Goyish crappy shiksa funky bullshit! Don’t you touch my Old Testament, you bitch! Because we have left it open for interpre-ta-tion! It is no longer taken literally! You whore in your fuckin' cheap New Vision cheap-ass plastic glasses and your [sneering voice] hair up. A Tina Fey-Megan Mullally brokedown bullshit moment."

I know that some people believe in word reclamation, however I feel that this is nothing more than using the masters tools.  As repellent as Sarah Palin is, calling her a bitch and a whore are unacceptable. These are terms routinely used by patriarchy to demean and debase women.  Why should what she chooses to do with her vagina have any baring on her value as a person?  In case you're forgetting Ms. Bernhard you also have a vagina between your legs. 

This kind of commentary is not new or cutting edge. It is circa sexism from the beginning of time immemorial;  that's right since the first time a man thought it was okay to beat a woman, rape a woman, or abuse a woman because he has a dick.  When women employ this kind of attack, all they are doing is reaffirming patriarchy's instance that we should be held to this kind of ridiculous standard. If it applies to Palin then it applies to all women. 

"A Man’s World, It’s a White Man’s World, It’s a F–ked Up White Man’s Racist World"

Glad to know that she believes in the white supremacist state, but when it is followed with a warning for Palin to stay out of Manhattan least she be "gang raped by her black brothers", it certainly promotes the very racism she is decrying.

All black men are rapists, hungrily craving white female flesh.  They simply loose all sense of self at the mere thought of white pussy because they are one step above the beasts.  This kind of thought pattern is exactly what Sandra is promoting.  It is dehumanizing and racist. 

No matter your position on Palin threatening her with rape cannot be deemed as anything less than assaultative speech, meant to remind women that if they don't obey "the men" and properly perform womanhood, the penalty is rape.  Oh yeah, and if you are a really bad girl we will get the "darkies" to rape you. Remind me again how this shit is remotely feminist? 

Yeah Sandra, what you said was racist, and it was in collusion with patriarchy; hence I am handing out yet another colluder award. The next time you have verbal diarrhea take some Immodium,  the world really should be spared this kind of crap.  

H/T Black Political Thought and Shakesville


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

first, i would think that you would understand, or try to understand the history behind the religious part of bernhard's act, with the history of how fundamentalist christianity has related to jews and tried to dominate the authority to use and interpret scripture. that you do not allude to it even once makes me wonder about a form of privilege you may have overlooked.

then there's the question of how we ought to read her use of the words "bitch", and "whore", leaving aside that i am very interested in how you feel about sandra using those inflammatory yiddish words. might she have meant in the case of the latter that palin is a political opportunist, or the tool of one. there are too many exigetical options to "know" what she meant.

and what about her remark about rape ? it could well be that she's heard about palin's alleged use of the term "sambo" to describe obama. it could also be an allusion to how she thinks white people from isolated locations fear black men.

a suggestion tho- stay away from stand up comedy. it's seldom dainty, and usually not meant to be so serious.

USpace said...

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Sandra Bernhard's biggest attraction was always just an ugly woman trying to be funny. These Leftist women are really losing their minds. Rosanne wondered on Bill Maher's show whether McCain would take away women's right to vote. Even Maher's audience thought that was a nutso thing to think.
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Theresa H. Hall said...

Ugly is ugly and Sandra has always been too rude and crass. I understand it is her style but lately the comedians, whom I usually appreciate have gotten out of hand. An apology is in order.

I am voting Obama/Biden on November 4th.

Daisy said...
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Daisy said...

USpace, I wondered how long before someone would call Sandra Bernhard ugly. And that has to do with the subject how? Why is nobody calling John McCain ugly? Reducing women to their appearances means... I didn't bother to read the rest of your comment.

Anonymous, Lewis Black did some side-splitting humor recently about the Old Testament, "Well you don't get it because... it's not your book!" He was hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Racist? Where?
I hear one angry Jewish woman saying, "Shiksa, stay outa my holy book!" I don't have a problem with that. You got a problem with that?
Calling a woman a body part as a putdown--too big a problem for Sandra B. to solve. A better choice would be, ummm--what? If Sandra did it in Yiddish, would it be less offensive?
"Uncle women"--heh. Gotta remember that.

Renee said...

Up yeah, Uncle women is a racist term further saying that her black brothers would rape Palin is racist...but hey what do I as a black woman know about racism anyway?

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

ohhh I guess I'm sexist because I call Sarah Palin a bitch, a cunt and other degrading names. Guess what! I also call McCain degrading names. and I'm a feminist. Sue me. I applaud Sandra Bernhardt for speaking her opinion. Sarah Palin is dangerous for women and it needs to be let known.

Renee said...

@Deaf Brown Trash Punk...uh it makes you a racist colluder but hey if you want to own that ugly shit that is your business. Using patriarchal language to attack women is plain sexist. Also did you just skip the part where she said Palin should be raped by black men? Yeah great thing to identify with.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Renee - what do you know? It was really just about that one time Sarah Palin may have called Obama "sambo." Probably. It's all there in the subtext if you look hard enough. This may just be another form of privilege that you're overlooking. The privilege of looking hard enough for a reason other than racist asshatery for racist asshatery.

OR OR! Once again, white leftists may be using black bodies as rhetorical instruments of boogeyman terror - leveraging, as mentioned, the common trope of black man as hyper-sexual predator. Because you KNOW, all black men in NY were just waiting for Palin to come here so that they could rape her. IT'S WHAT THEY DO.

Also: 'bitch' and 'whore'- one can never really "know" what people mean when they use those to refer to women. Which is why Sandra used these terms: to confuse her audience. That way no one ever gets the joke. Which is the point of stand up comedy, right?

Don't be dainty. Addressing content means you're dainty. And that's bad.