Obama supporters have been playing up the so-called scandal of Claytie Williams, a fundraiser for McCain making a joke about rape 18 years ago. McCain has already canceled the fundraiser but the furor refuses to die down.
This is all the more obscenely hypocritical, not just because of Al Franken's own rape jokes, which have come up during his Senate candidacy, but because Obama has had no problems taking lots of money from Hollywood figures who have regularly mocked the subject of rape and rape victims.
Let's take Seth MacFarlane for starters. As the creator and executive producer of Family Guy, MacFarlane has presided over a TV series that has regularly been criticized for its rape jokes, general contempt for women, racism and anti-semitism and mocked rape victims, such as in the following scene.
--Material should be considered inappropriate for just about everyone--
MacFarlane, like a lot of Hollywood people is a sizable Democratic party donor, having donated a 1000 dollars to Obama's campaign, 3300 to Lautenberg and tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic party over the last few years.
Daniel Palladino, a co-executive producer on Family Guy donated 2300 dollars to Obama.
It's safe to assume that Obama, who hypocritically attacked McCain over this, won't be returning MacFarlane's donation. And there are of course no shortage of similar examples throughout Hollywood.
Unlike Claytie Williams, MacFarlane's comedy didn't happen 18 years ago, but is an ongoing thing, and one that has a significant impact on American culture and the perception of women.
But of course the entire Claytie Williams scandal was an attempt by the Obama campaign to show itself as pro-woman, itself a pathetic hoax, from a candidate whose supporters routinely trafficked in sexist attacks.