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Sexist Conservative Radio Targets Kagan Appearance

May 12, 2010

Amidst the counter-attack from the conservative media against Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a loud, clear, and very sexist rhetoric on Kagan's appearance has risen to the fore. As our partners at Media Matters point out, in the last few days right-wing commentators have made explicitly sexist comments about not just Kagan's appearance, but that of Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg, as well as Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. On Twitter, right-wing radio host (with over 31,000 followers) Neal Boortz compared Kagan to the infamously monstrous Disney character: "Has anyone seen Mike Myers and your new Supreme in the same room at the same time?" and went on to write "Justice Shrek? O come on now. That's just a wee bit below the belt." Radio personality Michael Savage said Monday that he finds Kagan's appearance "personally grotesque," and said last month that the nominee "looks like she belongs in a kosher deli." "Let's put it to you this way," Savage continued on his April 9 program, "she's not the type of face you'd want to see on a five dollar bill." (It's been - oh yeah, never - since any woman has appeared on our paper currency, but please, continue.) Savage then said that Kagan makes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg look like a "Kazakhstan beauty." In a May 11 tweet, editor in chief Jason Mattera wrote that Kagan, Janet Napolitano, Sonya Sotomayor all "look like linebackers for the New York JETS." I don't need to point to the sexism here; these commentators wear their misogyny on their sleeves. But where is the reaction, where is the OUTRAGE, from the sponsors of Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, and Jason Mattera? Serious demands for resignation have been made when radio commentators and politicians make disparaging remarks about an individual's race - as they should. But blatant and damaging sexism is still getting shrugged away as no big deal. Media Matters also includes further sexist commentary from the Twitter-sphere at large, but I just don't have the stomach to post it the moment. If you need a voice to yell back at, here's Michael Savage: