We are seriously about to pass out. Monica Lewinsky’s recent ‘Vanity Fair’ essay was panned by several female columnists, which made Joe Scarborough, the host of ‘Morning Joe,’ extremely angry on May 7. But instead of targeting the columnists for being sexist, the MSNBC host went off on a tirade that ended up being just as sexist.
Joe Scarborough had a good point on Morning Joe on May 7, but he got so heated that he only ended up stooping lower than the people he was criticizing. Attacking the people who slut-shamed Monica Lewinsky, the MSNBC host’s rant unfortunately devolved into a sexist tirade against women’s rights activists.
Joe Scarborough Attacks Monica Lewinsky Critics
Joe was initially set off by columns by the New York Post‘s Andrea Peyser and the New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd, which dismissively bashed Monica’s tell-all essay in Vanity Fair and accused her of being self-pitying. It was clear that Joe couldn’t fathom why women would be so brutal against another woman and take the side of a cheating man instead — but he didn’t phrase his argument very well.
In a furor, Joe ranted, “All these years later, there are females going out protecting Bill Clinton from his horrific acts. I am about to pass out.” (Joe declared that he was “about to pass out” about nine times throughout his rant.)
“This is not about Bill Clinton. This is about the women who were eviscerating Monica Lewinsky, who for 18 years was quiet and, by the way, lived a life of shame and her entire existence reduced to a punch line,” Joe continued. “And she stays quiet, shows a lot of dignity, a lot more dignity than people who preyed upon her and tried to turn her into a slut or a nut. A 22-year-old daughter, really? And now they’re coming out kicking her in the face?”
Joe Scarborough’s Rant Turns Sexist
Okay, we still follow you, Joe. It is unfair for people to pile on Monica — especially 18 years later — while seemingly giving Bill Clinton a pass. But the next part of Joe’s tirade became a very sweeping, very offensive generalization:
You women’s rights ladies, you were sick in the ’90s … You’re pathetic. If you have young daughters, you should be ashamed of yourselves … I am so angry right now, I am shaking. I still can’t believe the way he was treated in the 1990s … And it was always the women … And these people have the nerve to come out after defending him — after defending him — claiming to come out, wanting to support women, and protect women — women’s rights — unless we’re protecting a really, really powerful man who is on our side politically … I’m going to pass out.
To jump ahead and place all the blame for Monica’s treatment on “women’s rights ladies” is a total misstep. And really, an argument that criticizes anyone for mistreating women doesn’t hold much water when the argument itself treats women unfairly. Finally, Joe didn’t need to attack a large group of people when he was really just upset with two women’s opinions.
What do you think of Joe’s rant, HollywoodLifers? Watch the clip above and let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro