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Category: Art and Entertainment, Media

George Lopez’s Piggy Name-Calling isn’t “Just a Joke”

March 24, 2011

George Lopez is known for his often offensive stand-up, and last night, the comedian went too far yet again when he compared Kirstie Alley’s Tuesday night Dancing with the Stars performance to that of a pig, remarking that "She did a nice job, her little hooves tapping away," before cutting to a video clip of a pig squeeling.

Yana Walton, WMC’s Vice President of Communications told FOX News that "Lopez's comments were not only demeaning to Alley, who has been incredibly brave and open with her journey toward health, but they were very detrimental to women and girls everywhere. In a country where eating disorders are an epidemic, where advertising continually implies women are deeply deficient, and where media place the majority of women's worth on their appearances, this is unacceptable. Such comments, amplified by his viewership of over a million people, impacts girls' grades, depression rates, and health. As a comedian, Lopez should use his creativity to make jokes that aren’t this harmful. And Alley should be judged on her dancing. After all, this is a show about dance - It's not 'The Biggest Loser."

This is not the first time Lopez has been criticized for his sexist and racist material. Audiences and critics have rightly spoken out against his blatantly offensive statements and jokes, because such content promotes discrimination. A study by Thomas E. Ford of Western Carolina University suggests that what may seem like “just a joke” can have the potential "to be a powerful and widespread force that can legitimize prejudice." Alley has handled the comments with grace, choosing to celebrate her high DWTS scores and amazing 60 pound weight loss through her Twitter account, but the effects of Lopez’s joke are not just detrimental to Alley, but to all women.