This morning I received a press release for one of the most vile posts I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s a piece by a New York writer by the name of Guy Cimbalo, in Playboy.
The basic premise behind the article is picking 10 attractive conservative women, demeaning them with poorly written, obnoxious comments, and talking about how Guy Cimbalo would like to have sex with them.
Now, if it had just gone that far, it would have been grotesque, but it’s Playboy. What do you expect?
But, the writer, Guy Cimbalo took it a little further,
But there is a way to reach across the aisle without letting principles fall by the wayside. We speak, naturally, of the hate f*ck. We may despise everything these women represent, but godd*mmit they’re hot. Let the healing begin.
I’ve heard several people suggest that Guy Cimbalo was using the term “hate f*ck” as a euphemism for rape. At first, I though he was going for more of an “angry sex” type of vibe, but after reading through the article a second time, I’m not as sure — and after all, it’s not like Guy Cimbalo could write an article called, “The Conservative Women I’d Like To Rape.” Even Playboy isn’t going to publish something like that. Still, I’d have to say Guy Cimbalo is probably not endorsing rape — probably.
Now, let me just note at this point: I’m not going to link the post. If you do something this offensive and then send it to me, you’re obviously trolling for links. So, that they’re not getting.
Still, let me give you an idea of what it’s like.
Here are the 10 women on Guy Cimbalo’s hate f*ck, rape, whatever list:
Mary Katharine Ham
Surprisingly, there aren’t even great pictures for most of these women. You’d think that would be a must for a Playboy article, but in this case, no — and again, the writing is terrible.
Here are some snippets:
On Michelle Malkin: “This highly f*ckable Filipina”
On Mary Katharine Ham: “You get this one pregnant, she stays pregnant. Karma’s a b*tch, isn’t it?”
On Amanda Carpenter: “She is also a columnist at TownHall, a website for illiterates who disprove evolution by their very existence.” (Actually, she writes for the Washington Times)
Of course, the point of articles like this one, in truth, is to try to drive conservative women out of politics. It’s the same thing they tried to do with Sarah Palin. They’re supposed to go, “Screw this, I quit,” after getting enough abuse — and sometimes it works. I know of talented conservative female bloggers who’ve just given up on politics because they couldn’t take it. It won’t happen with any of these women, but it’s what sleazebags like Guy Cimbalo are really trying to do.
Update #1: The article is no longer up — which I find very fascinating, since they obviously put it up and sent out a release to conservative bloggers in an attempt to generate controversy. So, I called Playboy’s Editor/Online Community Manager Aranya Tomseth. She didn’t have any comment on it and referred me over to their PR department, where I got voice mail. As a side note, both Aranya and the PR person were female. Is that a way for them to deflect criticism? Hiring women for positions that talk to the press? Interesting technique.