Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Logan's Shun

It's good to know there are some subjects on which both extremes of the political spectrum can find common ground -- like the best possible time and way to shoot off your mouth and make a complete fucking ass out of yourself.

As word broke yesterday afternoon about the sexual assault of Lara Logan in Cairo last Friday, a few of those who dwell comfortably in the Timbuktu region of political thought came out of the woodwork to offer their sage opinions on the matter; as usual this amounted to fingers typing against keys before even the first couple of brain cells had been engaged.

From the left, here's journalist, NYU fellow and apparent insensitive tool Nir Rosen on the Logan attack:

"Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger."

"Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong..."

"Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don't support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too."

And from the right, the always thoroughly insufferable stupidity of Debbie Schlussel, taking the opportunity to once again rail against her favorite boogeyman, Islam:

"So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows... How fitting that Lara Logan was 'liberated' by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the 'liberation.' This never happened to her or any other mainstream media reporter when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled."

For the record, Rosen has since apologized profusely and quit his job at NYU, saying that he brought shame on himself and his family; Schlussel will never apologize -- ever.

Oh, and Lara Logan is scheduled to be released from the hospital today.


John Foley said...

Schlussel is a pure sociopath. I've known how hateful she was for a long time, but this is a new low even for her. Essentially her argument is that Logan was asking for it. Because the slavering, implacable beast that is Islam can never be contacted or encountered in any way. It's just THAT evil.
With any luck, she'll be censured and/or fired from whatever meaningful gigs she's been allowed to have.

Calitri said...

Your assuming there are or ever were brain cells to rub together. I'm pretty sure, at least in Debbie's case, that the brain cell (singular) has had a pretty hard and lonely life.

brite said...

Wow...just wow. So this is what 'free speech' really looks like; ugly, ignorant and without shame.
Nice culture you got going there.

Anonymous said...

I am continually amazed at the people who think there is always, always a reason to blame people for misfortune, whereas THEY would have been smarter - more sensible - more aware - and it somehow would have walked away.

At some point, we're all gonna be the one the shit falls on. The one the mugger or the rapist or the sudden flash flood or god knows what other misfortune decides to rain down on and it doesn't matter who we are and it doesn't matter how well we prepare - it's gonna happen.

Maybe pooh-poohing sexual assault is like people denouncing gays - if you're certain you'll never be affected by an issue, it's that much easier to be a dick to those who are.

I don't know Lara Logan, but I hope she can feel some small comfort in the fact that she was doing an important job that someone needed to do, and there's no reason not be proud of that.

Liz said...

Soon after I heard the story, I started watching the comments roll in. "She deserved it," was the general consensus. Fucking animals deserve to be hung, and I am not just referring to the rapists.

Chez said...

Boggles the mind, doesn't it.

brite said...

As I'm sure you're aware, thugs, rapists, thieves and other bad people are part of the demographic of any crowd, be it at a hockey game or a revolution. But good people and good things are there too.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above has pointed out an attitude I've also noticed a lot on the internet: a really bizarre tendency to over apply the idea of "caveat emptor" to everything. Not just people who make bad deals because of failure to do due diligence, but victims of gross misrepresentation, fraud, violent crimes, or pretty much anything.

Often (in adult conversation, at least) it seems like rape is about the only thing that it's not okay to blame on the victim. I guess that's not really an absolute, either.

em said...

"But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too."

I totally laugh about the prospect of people being sexually assaulted, too.

As for the "no one told her to go there" - if someone did tell her to "go there", would it then not be her "fault" or would she still have been, essentially, asking for it?

Anonymous said...

Obvious troll is obvious. By linking to her and bringing attention to her site, your feeding the beast.

CNNfan said...

"Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the face" -- Mike Tyson

howdidIgethere said...

Never heard of Debbie Schlussel, but "when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled" is absolutely incredible and abhorrent on so many levels!