Via Harvey at IMAO, we see the consistency in the victim activism in response to the Washington Post’s Mouthpiece Theater clip, in which Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza assigned different beers to different politicians, satirizing the “beer summit” at the White House between Henry “Skip” Gates and Cambridge PD Sergeant James Crowley. The Post, Milbank, and Cillizza all apologized for offering Hillary Clinton a Mad Bitch Beer after getting a hailstorm of criticism, including this letter from the activist group Women, Action, and The Media (emphasis mine):
We believe the Post owes an explanation to its online viewers as to how such a video came to be produced and presented on the Post’s Web site. As you are no doubt aware, the show’s hosts, Post columnists Chris Cillizza and Dana Milbank, attempt to spoof President Obama’s “beer summit” between Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Sgt. James Crowley by suggesting future summits at which Washington notables might be served oddly-named — and by the hosts’ lights, aptly named — beers, including one for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called “Mad Bitch.” In addition, Rep. Chip Pickering, who is in a legal fight with his wife, is recommended for a brew called “Bitter Woman From Hell”, and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is the appointed recipient of a brew called “Arctic Devil.” …
The utter contempt for women displayed in this video speaks to the struggle that women face in every workplace, that women journalists face in every newsroom, and that all too often weaves its way into news coverage of women and of issues pertaining to women. The Post’s cowardice in addressing the problem — simply removing the video with no explanation, no apology to viewers, and no promise of disciplinary action to be taken against those who made and posted it — speaks just as loudly.
WaPo managing editor Marcus Brauchli sent a gracious response and apology, which they added above their open letter in an update. If Brauchli visited the website to see it, though, he must have found himself a little confused about WAM’s position, considering the ad just to the left of his response:
So it’s OK to advertise Bitch Magazine, but bad to talk about Mad Bitch beer? I’ve never liked the use of the word myself; it usually gets used to describe actions of women that would get praise for toughness if those actions came from men. However, before WAM gets on a high horse about Milbank and Cillizza having “utter contempt” for women because of the word, then maybe — just maybe — they should consider declining the ad revenue from a magazine that uses the word as its brand.