So where’s the outrage when a rapper says that we should have Sarah Palin raped?
The tweets declaring a wish to see Sarah Palin raped are explicit. The video below is safe for work, but I don’t recommend reading the screenshots that briefly appear.
Someone publicly called for the gang-rape of a person, and the media is incredibly nonchalant about it. Here’s how the Washington Post leads into the story:
Six months ago, when Sarah Palin’s name was preceded by a bunch of formers — former Alaskan governor, former Republican vice presidential candidate, former Fox News commentator — it would be easy not to write about her current social media feud with 24-year-old rapper/social media gadfly Azealia Banks, especially in a family newspaper where editing must reduce Banks’s comments to a mere trail of dashes, and when both are provocateurs pushing their brands.
But, even if Donald Trump lost the Wisconsin primary, he said last year that he would consider Palin for a spot in his administration. And she’s playing Trump surrogate these days.
So, according to Washington Post writer Justin William Moyer, calling for the rape of a woman wouldn’t even be newsworthy, except for the association with the Trump campaign. Furthermore, the story can be characterized as a “social media feud.” Sarah Palin responding to a person advocating her gang and oral rape means, according to him, “both are provocateurs.”
If Donald Trump had said these words about Megyn Kelly do you think the media would act this way?
But Sarah Palin is an un-person as far as our elites are concerned. As a pro-life, conservative (with some inconsistencies), she is fair game for any predator on the internet.
And that’s basically what writers like Moyer are saying. They won’t come out and say it is good for Palin to be treated this way, but they will encourage it by refusing to denounce the attack like they would if it were launched against someone who matters to them, and by making it seem like a mutual argument rather than as an act of aggression and a response.
Moyer has the shameless temerity to complain about Palin “lecturing” in her response to Banks.
The Washington Post article begins with a warning: “This article contains truly tasteless content.”
Yes, Moyer’s attitude and treatment of a call for Sarah Palin to be raped is truly tasteless.