Businessman Foster Friess is a very vocal supporter of Rick Santorum. So, that right there gives us some indication of the quality of his decision making skills. He also has a history of making shitty jokes that are not likely to be much-appreciated.
Today, though — while discussing Darrell Issa's Congressional witch hunt on contraception with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell — he really outdid himself…
"I get such a chuckle when these things come out. Here we have millions of our fellow Americans unemployed, we have jihadist camps being set up in Latin America, which Rick has been warning about, and people seem to be so preoccupied with sex. I think it says something about our culture. We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are.
"And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it's such inexpensive. Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."
Okay, so let's all take a step back, breathe in and out a few times, and try to stop hyperventilating for a moment after reading that.
Clearly, it was a stupid stupid joke. One that goes a long way toward highlighting what is likely a deep vein of misogynistic tendencies (he is a Santorum supporter, after all). But it was a joke. One that is likely in a million bathroom readers and crappy used book store yuck-yuck compendiums across the country. And — though you can argue against its sensitivity or value, given the circumstances — it's flat-out wrong to report on it as though it was intended as a statement of fact and not an obvious misplaced attempt at levity.
So, I'm not sure whether normally astute websites like BuzzFeed, Talking Points Memo, Think Progress and Slate didn't get that it was a bad joke or just have all just chosen to act like it wasn't one, but it seems to me like this an overblown manufactured scandal.
All that said, what an idiot!
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Tags: Contraception, Darrell Issa, Foster Friess, House of Representatives, Senate, Sex