Myopia

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 · 42 Comments »

Google News is full of Mel Gibson’s racist rant, in which he employed a racial slur as part of a tirade against his girlfriend:

“You’re an embarrassment to me,” Mel tells her at one point.

“You look like a f***ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault.”

Mel’s profane outbursts are littered with references to Oksana being a “whore” and “c**t”.

In another tirade, Mel tells Oksana: “How dare you act like such a bitch when I have been so f**king nice.”

He warns, “I am going to come and burn the f**king house down… but you will blow me first.”

You know, I could absolutely swear there’s something else going on there in addition to the racism. Must be my imagination.

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42 Responses to “Myopia”

  1. Delphyne says:

    Gosh, Violet, I’ll have to reread this several times to see if I can spot where something else is going on – I’ll get back with you.

  2. gxm17 says:

    Anti-porcine speciesism? Why aren’t the animal rights activists up in arms?

  3. Nell says:

    This reminds me of the Don Imus controversy of a few years ago. Referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball players as “hos” – big yawn fest. Qualifying that description with “nappy-headed” gets you fired.

  4. Violet Socks says:

    Remember the mass murderer in Pennsylvania who sprayed bullets into a room full of women?

  5. Nell says:

    And the Amish school house shooting where the murderer let all the boys go and shot all the girls?

  6. Delphyne says:

    Let’s not forget the border and the feminicidios of Ciudad Juarez. From Wiki:

    The victims of these crimes have preponderantly been young women, between 12 and 22 years of age. Many were students, and most were maquiladora workers. A number were relative newcomers to Ciudad Juarez who had migrated from other areas of Mexico. The victims were generally reported missing by their families, with their bodies found days or months later abandoned in vacant lots, outlying areas or in the desert. In most of these cases there were signs of sexual violence, torment, torture or in some cases disfigurement.[2]

    Or women who are murdered, here in the States, by fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles in “honor” killings?

    It goes on and on. And it must stop. Immediately.

  7. Violet Socks says:

    I was reminded of the Pennsylvania guy in particular because all the blogger dudes and most of the media just fixated on the one paragraph in his diary about black men. And so all their stories were about how this was a crime motivated by racism. Bodies of dead women on the floor, pages and pages of endless misogynistic screeds in the guy’s diary, and the blogger dudes didn’t even notice.

  8. littleisis says:

    Doesn’t surprise anyone, sadly.

  9. Sameol says:

    Right, and before they found out he didn’t like Obama and was therefore a hater (mass murder of women a sign of hate? G’wan) they were actually drippping with sympathy for him, because women didn’t appreciate him and he didn’t have the girlfriend he so clearly deserved. Poor guy.

  10. Adrienne in CA says:

    Myopia? That’s generous. More like eyes squeezed shut, fingers in the ears, and singing la-la-la.

    The powers that be are deliberately suppressing clear indicators that violent misogyny against women is on the upswing, and are quick to marginalize anyone who attempts to draw attention to it. That’s my hypothesis, and I’m sticking to it.

    *****A

  11. Hattie says:

    Roseann grabs her crotch, and the world recoils in horror.

  12. Grace says:

    What is it that attracts women to pricks like Mel Gibson? Money, celebrity status, that he was somewhat handsome 20 years ago? The guy is an unrecovering, prematurely aged alcoholic, controlling misogynist, brainless, bad actor, and a piece of junk, all in one. Like all predators, he feels bad about himself, but instead of getting some therapy he looks for women he can scapegoat, dump and project on everything that he doesn’t like about himself.

  13. June says:

    Adrienne in CA: I agree with you.

  14. Sweet Sue says:

    And let’s not forget the Lane Bryant murders of 2008. A man strolled into the Illinois shop and shot, killing five women and wounding a sixth.
    He still hasn’t been caught; presumably he’s holed up planning his next attack on “fat bitches.”
    The man and the story just disappeared down the memory hole.

  15. Swannie says:

    Hey now, if Mel had not said the N word , he would just be cussin out another ho trying to get their nasty money grubbing hands on his hard earned salary, …right???
    ( for those who think I might be insane and serious this is your sarcasm alert )

  16. Topper Harley says:

    @12 If you believe Helen Hunt, Mel knows “What Women Want.”

    Oh, and I think I see the other problem. He’s taunting that minority of Arsonist-Americans.

  17. tinfoil hattie says:

    Well, us bitchezzzz are always trying to make EVERYTHING seem sexist. So it can’t be that. Hmmm. I’ll keep reading.

  18. Violet Socks says:

    Okay, this one takes the cake. From Earl Ofari Hutchinson at HuffPo:

    Gibson could have easily, in his sick, pique of anger at his ex-girlfriend, simply wished rape as his vengeful punishment for her without specifying any ethnic group, just any man. But he didn’t. He linked his self-imposed punishment on her with race, specifically black men. This was not just the wild-eyed and ridiculous slur it seems. The image of the run amok, black man as rapist, is one of the oldest, and most durable of the vile stereotypes.

    The mind boggles.

  19. madaha says:

    it’s obviously racist, no one would even dispute that – but this so clearly shows all these people’s underlying misogyny that a pile of threats of violence, both direct and indirect, against a particular woman are answered by the protest “not the hypothetical black men!!!”

    This woman is clearly in danger from this psycho. Are they all on crack or something?

    Let’s all listen to Hutchinson on how to threaten a woman with gang-rape CORRECTLY, shall we?

    **vom**

  20. Sameol says:

    Yeah, why couldn’t he just have wished rape on her?tThat’s would have been great! But here he had to go and mess everything up. We need more ethnic-neutral rape threats and plenty of them.

  21. Nell says:

    Violet@18 re: the Hutchinson piece at Huffpoop

    Geez, it’s always about the menz, isn’t it? – regardless of race. He even manages to tie the racism to Obama.

    A real, live woman has been physically and verbally abused and threatened, and this intellectual lightweight with tunnel vision sees only the tired old (albeit unacceptable) racist epithet, ignoring the mind-numbing, soul-killing, gut-wrenching misogyny.

    “Simply” wishing rape on a woman as punishment while blaming her for the criminal behavior of her attackers – now, that is the “oldest and most durable of the vile stereotypes.”

    Dear Mother Goddess, I wish I hadn’t clicked on that link.

  22. hilary says:

    i’ve read about it elsewhere, and most places are using explicit words like sexism and misogyny. even perez hilton. mel gibson…what a guy.

  23. hilary says:

    lol @ 20.

    re-reading the story elsewhere now. sad when perez hilton gives the most accurate description of mel’s hate.

  24. octogalore says:

    You nailed it. Unbelievable (or not) how if it had been merely rape, it would apparently have been unremarkable.

    This article is plagued with similar issues. Frank Rich, in talking about the state of our nation regarding various oppressions, makes conspicuous omission of guess which one. In fact, he leads with “all men are created equal” without even mentioning the irony within that phrase.

  25. Three Wickets says:

    Fits in with his anti-semitic rant from couple years back. Bigotry is a way of life for some people. Third wave feminists had it right imo..before the movement became appropriated and smothered by the male-centric progressivism of the last decade.

  26. quixote says:

    Oh. My. God. I’d been seeing the headlines about Mr. Mel’s racist rant, but I’m totally uninterested in Mr. Mel so I hadn’t read them. Then I come here and find out what the world-news-worthy racist rant actually was.

    And the Huffpoop comment about the need for more ethnically neutral rape.

    Wha-a-a-t? {{O_O}}

    Now women aren’t even second class citizens anymore? Not even animals, I guess. That garbage would run afoul of animal cruelty laws.

  27. Ciardha says:

    Speaking of real feminist myopia (Gibson and the dude blooger non reaction goes way beyond myopia) Twisty of I Blame the Patriarchy decides to write a distorted attack on Yoko Ono today, deliberately distorting the history of the film “Rape” which was about the cost of fame and how it is a mental rape (especially of female celebrities.)

    Jill conveniently leaves out crucial elements that don’t fit into her slashing, sneering attack on Yoko- 1)the sister of the aspiring actress was the person who gave the key to the apartment and even more importantly 2)the young woman spoke to the media when the film came out and stated the Lennons met with her and were quite nice to her after the film was completed and she hoped it might led to someone hiring her to act in future films.

    Note, Twisty also completely ignored all of Yoko’s feminist pieces, including her strongly feminist “cut piece” which is about the victimization of women by society that Yoko herself first performed in 1964. All of Yoko’s MANY feminist songs, her support of many women organizations, her life with John as the incredible feminist cultural groundbreaking thing it was- they publicly insisted they were equal partners and did their best to live out that in their private life too- John doing the then shocking thing of becoming a househusband Sean’s first five years, while Yoko took on the business side of the relationship- incredibly successfully too. It was John and Yoko’s striving for a completely equal partnership marriage that revolutionized the way married couples viewed what a marriage should be- even my parents generation were affected by this, it made a worldwide impact- not only in the US but to the Japanese women now in their 40′s, and even to the Gorbachevs in the then Soviet Union- they based their marriage on the same ideal.Yoko was invited to an artists peace summit in the Soviet Union in 1986 and Raisa, when she met Yoko, she quoted John’s song “Woman” (one of John’s most feminist songs) and stated how much that song meant to her. Raisa made sure whenever they were in New York City they met with Yoko.

    Yoko’s feminism has had a profound affect on Japanese women now in their 30′s and 40′s and the feminist movement in Japan is far stronger than the feminist movement in the US (although there’s hints of the same third wave type feminism that Twisty ascribes to cropping up amongst 20 something Japanese women…) Yoko’s feminism (plus the profound impact of powerful feminist socialist politician Takako Doi in the 1980′s and 90′s) even touched a minority of the more leftward leaning Japanese men now in their 30′s and 40′s- the creator of the wildly popular (both in Japan and the US) Naruto manga, Masashi Kishimoto. It’s kind of a sad statement that no one is emulating Kishimoto’s level of respect of women in manga, or the far worse American superhero comics, despite the manga long time incredible popularity- in it’s 11th year of publication in Japan, and eighth year in the US it still holds the spot of best selling manga… many of the readers are girls and women, especially in the second part of the story, where female characters have taken even stronger roles in the story.

    Twisty trashed Hillary and adored Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, I’m seeing this trashing of Yoko coming from the same place inside Twisty’s head. A virulent dislike for strong second wave feminists who were married to powerful, charismatic men. (Hmm, and Bill and Hillary also had and have an equal partnership marriage much like John and Yoko’s, where Jill’s “feminist” ideal Barak and Michelle have a traditional, profoundly unequal marriage. (Interesting Jill also was part of the crowd that attacked the Palins too in 2008, virulently objecting to Sarah Palin’s calling herself a feminist- now I don’t like much of Palin’s politics, but her marital relationship is far, far more equal than Barak’s and Michelle’s, much more like John and Yoko’s.

    Violet, hope all this okay to say here- but I saw the link to Twisty’s post in your blogroll and the ugliness and distortions just bugged me so much I had to vent about it, and as it was a perfect example of feminist myopia I say something in this thread.

    I’ll admit personal feelings did also play a role in my reaction, I’m one of those lucky fans of Yoko that not only have met her, but has a bit of a friendship with her (she even friended me on my space, facebook and twitter before I did her- I didn’t even know she was on those places! )

  28. Violet Socks says:

    Twisty trashed Hillary and adored Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, I’m seeing this trashing of Yoko coming from the same place inside Twisty’s head…. (Interesting Jill also was part of the crowd that attacked the Palins too in 2008, virulently objecting to Sarah Palin’s calling herself a feminist- now I don’t like much of Palin’s politics, but her marital relationship is far, far more equal than Barak’s and Michelle’s, much more like John and Yoko’s.

    I don’t think that’s true, is it? I don’t think Jill trashed Hillary at all. I do remember her being skeptical of Obama, and I remember her saying that Stingray wanted a woman president.

    As for Palin, I think Jill referred to her as a collaborator, and she did buy into the rape kit myth at least at first. But I don’t recall her hammering the point or making a big deal of it.

  29. Violet Socks says:

    where Jill’s “feminist” ideal Barak and Michelle have a traditional, profoundly unequal marriage.

    Are you sure you have the right blog? That sounds so incredibly out of character for Jill, and I don’t remember anything like that.

  30. Ciardha says:

    Does she archive her posts? I know she went kind of Obot at some point and did spout some of the common third waver negative comments about Hillary.

    I know I remember it bugged me enough I struck her off my list of bloggers I visited during the 2008 presidential campaign. I know she went there more than Melissa of Shakespeare’s sister, who did kind of mildly jump on the anti Palin campaign toward the end, but not to the extent Jill did.

    Jill wasn’t a neon sign Obot like some of the others, but she went there enough that I stopped reading her during the primaries. I saw some of that same attitude in her sneering, distorted attack on Yoko Ono yesterday.

  31. Unree says:

    Ciardha, that’s totally not my memory. Jill seems repulsed by almost all politicians, especially male ones. If you’re going to claim she ever idealized Barack Obama you really ought to keep a link.

    And although I agree with you that Jill wasn’t fair to Yoko Ono, that “Rape” flick really did sneak up on an unsuspecting woman and bully her. I’m not surprised–and not that impressed either–to hear that a victim said she didn’t mind being mistreated by a celebrity. Happens a lot.

  32. tinfoil hattie says:

    Ciardha, why don’t you go over to Twisty’s blog and post your comments?

  33. tinfoil hattie says:

    For what it’s worth, I think Ono’s “Rape” project was ill-conceived and creepily executed. So the subject’s sister collaborated in the camera-stalking? Ugh. Shudder. That makes it almost worse.

    I’m glad “the Lennons” were nice to their unwitting victim afterward. That doesn’t make the film a good idea.

    And, I still admire Ono for much of her feminist works, while not being happy about this one.

  34. Violet Socks says:

    I know she went kind of Obot at some point and did spout some of the common third waver negative comments about Hillary…I know she went there more than Melissa of Shakespeare’s sister, who did kind of mildly jump on the anti Palin campaign toward the end, but not to the extent Jill did.

    I’m sorry, I just don’t remember anything like that. And I just did a search on her blog and found nothing like that. That’s just not Twisty’s style. She’s my age (older, actually), and more cynical than I am. I’ve never seen anything from her that could remotely be called “Obot.”

  35. Ciardha says:

    Violet, I don’t know what it was but I know there was at least one post- maybe toward the end of the primaries where everyone but us seemed to jump on the bash Hillary praise Obama bandwagon. I know I stopped reading Twisty around then…

    I’ll admit I was ultra sensitive about that sort of thing after months of a compete mainstream media and much of the fauxgressive bloggers attack on Hillary… Heck, it could have been something now I would roll my eyes and ignore. From what you’ve said after searching (I didn’t want to considering the tone of her anti Yoko screed post and from my sensitized memories of the 2008 presidential campaign.) I’m thinking that’s probably it.

    But the tone of her post about Yoko certainly does go there into a sneering dismissive distortion of who Yoko is and her art.

    Twisty clearly has not seen the film, I have.

    It’s done to show how fame becomes a emotional rape of the people- especially women- who become famous by the media (and this back in the 1960′s when it wasn’t as extreme as it became during the 1990 to present). It’s also, and primarily, a commentary about how women in general are always the object of the male gaze- silently judging and intruding in our lives, something second wave feminists like Yoko commented on in the 1960′s (Yoko’s Cut Piece, that she performed herself, is another artistic commentary on this, and she first performed that piece in 1964- just one year after the Feminine Mystique was published) Something the mainstream media and fauxgressive bloggers still don’t see and dismiss when women bring it up. Yoko’s film is meant to bring awareness of this.

    Also, contrary to Twisty’s description, here is what actually happens in the film-
    at first having a male video camera person (Nic Knowland) following her (Eva Majlata) is fun and exciting (the first burst of fame where suddenly you are who people want pictures of), she smiles, flirts, and speaks cheerfully to him, then gradually it becomes annoying (he never speaks back to her, just keeps filming her and following her), then finally frightening.

    It is meant to disturb and provoke awareness. Now that being said That being said, Yoko was profoundly unnerved by that film- she never made another film exploring a negative concept, until the music video she made after the 2003 Iraq war started- showing famous still pictures of the horrors of war…

    That’s the thing people miss about Yoko’s art- she’s always focused on provoking awareness, to bring people to the point of seeing how things must change. Her songs do this too, in a softer light.

  36. Ciardha says:

    Re:32 tinfoil hattie, I’m not wanting to post at Twisty’s because I know my temper would get the better of me, and I don’t want to go there. Here on Violet’s blog I felt comfortable about expressing my upset.

    Yoko is a person near and dear to me (as I said I’m one of the many fans that she befriended during the 1980′s, she knows me well enough that she friended me on Facebook, My Space and Twitter before I did her.) so it’s like seeing someone write a smear about your mom.

  37. tinfoil hattie says:

    I still think the movie is very, very problematic. Cruel, even.

  38. tinfoil hattie says:

    And back to the topic at hand:

    “You’re an embarrassment to me,” Mel tells her at one point.

    I just love that. It’s right up there with “Feminists hate men.”

    Yes, we HATE men. The ones who torture, rape, assault, harass, and oppress us. How dare we?

  39. K.A. says:

    Ciardha, I’m guessing you have Twisty confused with Melissa at Shakesville, who caught a particularly virulent case of Obama-itus during one of the most absurd moments in history that I’ve ever witnessed.

    I haven’t seen the Yoko piece yet. But everyone has said something misogynist and weird at some point though, because we live in a misogynist and weird culture. So it would be nice to conflate all the feminist bloggers’ past indiscretions into one huge asshole person, as you have seemed to do unintentionally, but the scary reality is that we are all tainted by the vicious hatred of women.

    I did actually assume TwistyJill supported Obama, albeit with the jaundiced eye of a skeptic. She did not post much about the misogyny of the campaign, and she said what Violet mentioned—that Stingray wanted a woman president. She wouldn’t have put it that way if she herself wanted Obama to lose and return back to the personality-disordered-politico-underworld from whence he came.

  40. K.A. says:

    *as you seemed to have done unintentionally

  41. Ciccina says:

    Also wishing I hadn’t clicked the HuffPo link. How disgusting.

    Who are these people? Where do they come from? How on earth could anyone expect us to be on the same team with this smug bunch of wankers? Its like racism is their dick and they won’t stop playing with it.

  42. tinfoil hattie says:

    Its like racism is their dick and they won’t stop playing with it.

    For the win.