After Glenn Beck attacked Meghan McCain for her appearance in a skin cancer PSA by pretending to puke at the sight of her, Meghan let Glenn in on a secret: he was the only one who looked bad in this scenario. She took to her column to call him out for adding to the sexist, body-obsessed media environment that's not good for any women, including his teen daughters. Last night on The Tonight Show, Meghan fired back again at Glenn's disgusting comments and the attractiveness double standard for women in politics. She also opened up about how she loves her body and shared her parents' reaction to the conservative pundit's inappropriateness. Watch her spread a message of positive body image now.
Glenn Beck didn't hold back when he cruelly attacked Meghan McCain for sporting a strapless dress in a skin cancer PSA, revealing her shoulders and collarbone. Yesterday on his radio show, he exclaimed that he was "getting sick just looking at it," pretended to vomit on air, and asked "has she thought about a burqa, just to be extra safe?" Wasting little time, Meghan took to her Daily Beast column to tell Glenn Beck to shut up about her body. Here are the best lines from her response:
- On how he's out of touch: "Clearly you have a problem with me, and possibly women in general, but the truth is, it's 2011 and I heard your show on Fox was canceled. Isn't that an indication that the era of the shock jock pundit is over?"
- On his embarrassing sexism: "There really is no need to make something like my participation in a skin cancer PSA into a sexist rant about my weight and physical appearance, because I'm going to let you in on a little secret, Glenn: you are the only one who looks bad in this scenario."
- On the impact he could have on his teen daughters: "You're a full-grown man with teenage daughters who are probably dealing with the sexist, body-obsessed media environment that is difficult for all women. Is this really the legacy you want to be leaving for yourself?"
- On the body-image double-standard: "As a person who is known for his hot body, you must find it easy to judge the weight fluctuations of others, especially young women. If any of your daughters are ever faced with some kind of criticism of their physical appearance or weight, they should call me, because women's body image is another issue I feel passionate about, and have become accustomed to dealing with and speaking with young women about on my college tours."
- On the staleness of his jokes: "Next time, instead of jumping straight to the 'Meghan McCain fat jokes' maybe try out some new material? Because the fat joke thing, it's been done so many times, I know a creative intellect such as yourself can do better than that."
- On how he helped her skin-cancer awareness cause anyway: "I am writing to thank you for helping me spread the word about a serious condition."
Judge Vaughn Walker rejected the petitions of gay marriage opponents today, ruling that as of Aug. 18 gay couples will be allowed to marry in California. While the Supreme Court will ultimately judge his decision to overrule California's gay marriage ban, it seems that regular Americans agree with him. For the first time — ever — more Americans support gay marriage than oppose it.
The marriage equality camp is getting love from unusual places. Yesterday when Bill O'Reilly, who's been on a roll lately, asked Glenn Beck if he thinks gay marriage will harm the country, Beck said: "No, I don't. Will the gays come and get us? . . . I believe what Thomas Jefferson said. If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?" See that? Both Thomas Jefferson and Glenn Beck support gay marriage!
Sarah Palin might be considering a 2012 run for president with Glenn Beck as her number two, but the conservative radio host says he's ruled out a Palin-Beck ticket. Last week Beck killed the rumor saying "I was just thinking, what, I'm going to take a back seat to a chick?" Having Palin in charge anywhere besides in the kitchen would be too confusing for Beck. It surely comes as no surprise that Glenn Beck said something offensive on his program, but I am a little shocked that he chose sometimes-conservative sweetheart Sarah Palin as his target. I guess left-leaning comedians aren't the only ones saying sexist things about Palin. Have a listen.
- SNL took on Glenn Beck last night in its Thursday night special. — NBC
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized. — New York Daily News
- President Obama, along with the leaders of France and Britain, accused Iran of operating a secret nuclear facility today. — AP
- Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette are set to star in Scream IV. — BuzzSugar
- Ex-Manson follower Susan Atkins has died. —CNN
- Everyone is weighing in on President Obama's healthcare reform plan, including conservative pundit Glenn Beck who says Obama wants to make the US a "hybrid between France and Venezuela." — Huffington Post
- California has finally reached a budget deal, which includes major cuts in services for the elderly and the poor, a reduction in prison sentences, and oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara. — LA Times
- A new report shows that teenage birthrates in the US, which have been in decline since 1991, have been on the rise since 2005. — The Guardian
- More than 700 people have died across the world due to swine flu. — BBC News
- Paula Abdul might be out as a judge as of American Idol. — BuzzSugar
By now we all know that Glenn Beck is a little extreme in his rhetoric. Well yesterday he took his impersonation of President Obama to the next level. The Fox News host imitated the president by pouring "gasoline" on an "average American." The manic metaphor was supposed to explain that Barack Obama is setting the American public on fire by apologizing to the "Frenchy French," sort of bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia, hinting toward a change in Cuban policy, taking on immigration, and pushing through his budget. Beck said Obama was "spending money that leads only to slavery."
Take a look, it gets extra intense toward the end, and tell me what you make of it?
Glenn Beck is all over the place these days, which means either his overdramatic performance speaks to Americans or that people love to watch a train wreck, or both!
This week the New York Times called Beck "Fox News’s mad, apocalyptic, tearful rising star." Salon turned Beck's broadcasts into poems. One reads: "Believe in something. Even if it's wrong."
Yesterday on Morning Joe, fellow conservative Joe Scarborough pondered whether Glenn Beck is really parodying Stephen Colbert parodying Bill O'Reilly. If so — no wonder Beck's show is number two on Fox. Colbert and O'Reilly are ratings machines.
Way to show your ass while inviting a tabloid editor to show hers! I had to look this loser up to find out who would be so rude as to ask a young female editor, who's talking about AI Antonella Barba's internet nudie pics, whether she'd like him to film her some time. Grow up, you tool! (Excuse my uncharacteristic lack of subtlety...haha.)