Even if it included too much techno and not enough rhythm, the “#TURNOUTFORWHAT” ad, brought to us by the nonpartisan group Rock The Vote, pushed a simple yet important message to young people: vote. For whomever and whatever, just vote. Meanwhile, back at the ranch that hosts the conservative media industrial complex, Media Matters notes that they are peddling a more dangerous sentiment: Women, when it comes to voting, do yourself a favor and opt not to. I suppose they don’t have to bother relaying such a message to Black people as various Republican state legislatures and the Supreme Court are doing that work for them.
The Mario and Luigi of this “If You Ain’t Got A Penis Stay Far Away From The Polls” are the National Review and FOX News.
In response to the Rock The Vote ad, which starred Lil’ Jon and Lena Dunham, the National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson complains about those who “need Lena Dunham to tell you why and how you should be voting” and takes shots at those who get “news from television comedians.” This, despite numerous studies that show those sort of viewers are more informed than FOX and CNN viewers. Williamson would rather these people do other things besides voting, including entertaining the option of becoming a nun.
Taking the baton not long after was FOX News’ Tucker Carlson, the bow tie-wearing curmudgeon who consistently makes blatantly racist and sexist to the delight of aging bigots watching at home. During an appearance on Outnumbered, Carlson complains, “You want your government run by people … who's favorite show is Say Yes To The Dress.” Well, do I want my government run by people who watch shows that essentially think women belong in the kitchen and Black folks way in the back, shining shoes and shutting up about racism?
Then there is Bill O’Reilly, who slammed women altogether by claiming that due to emotion, women voters skew Democratic “no matter what happens to the nation.”
It’s not surprising to witness white men condescend towards young people, and in particular, young women, but as FOX News has shown repeatedly over the years, they know how to present classic white male branded patriarchy (and racism) with a diverse face.
During the October 21 edition of Fox News' The Five, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle agreed with fellow co-host Greg Gutfeld that young women lack the wisdom to vote as conservatives. Yes, young women lack the “wisdom” to know that these gray haired, women-bashing men have their best interest at heart when they try to police their uteruses.
In any event, Guilfoyle not only lent her female voice to this sexist point of view, but went further and added that young women should also be excused from jury duty given they “lack life experience.” Moreover, when it comes to voting, they just “don’t get it” because they’re not paying mortgages and having babies. So what should they be doing instead? According to Guilfoyle, "They're [young women] like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world. They can go back on Tinder or Match.com."
Guilfoyle is a 45-year-old woman, proving that even if you’re closer to menopause in life than you are your first period, you can still sound as ignorant as any toddler learning how to use the potty.
Tucker Carlson is a troll who runs the National Enquirer equivalent of a conservative news outlet. Kevin D. Williamson once described a nine-year-old Black child as a “primate,” which just goes to show how useless his entire life is. But when it comes to Kimberly Guilfoyle, you would think she would be willing to give her gender a bit more credit. Then again, we live in a space where minorities in mass media are rewarded for throwing members of their own community under the bus.
Still, it’s a shame to see that when given the platform to speak against sexism and for women, Kimberly Guilfoyle instead chose to be a dick.