Tuesday, February 17, 2009

IA Bashing Goes to Washington

Yes, it has happened again.

This time the offending party is Republican House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. Cantor's spokesperson sent out this highly offensive video mashup in response to the Union AFSCME taking Cantor to task for leading the charge against President Barack Obama's Stimulus Bill.

Cantor, obviously, disavows any knowledge of the video. That's not him on the voice over. And his staff is not responsible for putting the video together. They just thought this parody would be a funny way to respond to AFSCME. Apparently his staff has a lot of time on their hands. Plenty of time to troll YouTube for videos that would make -- in their estimation -- a good response to AFSCME.

The video, of course, is not funny. It takes an actual AFSCME Public Service Announcement from the 1970s and ads a voice over in a bad Tony Soprano accent. It's laced with profanity. It's offensive. And it's juvenile.

And the funny part is, Cantor makes a big deal of being "anti-profanity." He recently came out against profanity as disgusting and damaging to society. Apparently the hypocrisy that is at the core of the Republican Party is not damaging to society.

Since Cantor is Jewish, why didn't his staff look for any videos with a Jewish-sounding voice over? Why pick one with an Italian accent?

I'll tell you why. Because if they had found one with a Jewish-sounding voice over, Cantor would have been drawn and quartered in the media, by his Republican colleagues, every Jewish group in existence and just about anyone breathing (as he rightly should be). He never would even consider releasing a "parody" like that. If someone on his staff would have done something like that, how quickly -- and how publicly -- would Cantor have him or her fired?

Picking the Italian-sounding one was a safe bet. No one would complain too loudly about it. It's acceptable to bash Italians. We're fair game.

Apparently I'm not the only IA not pleased by this. John Amato at CrooksAndLiars also is not amused.

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