Quote of the Day: Projection is Illuminating

by matttbastard

It looks as if the concerns that some people have about Mrs. Obama tell us less about her and more about them. Once again, we seem to have an abundance of paranoid white folks who see a black separatist lurking around every corner.

Even in elite corners. How did a corporate lawyer with degrees from Princeton and Harvard and a record of bringing together whites and blacks in her position as a hospital administrator get transformed, in the minds of some, into a black militant with a chip on her shoulder and a score to settle with white America?

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What did the 44-year-old mother of two girls do to deserve the accusation, or at least the insinuation, that she’s anti-white? In the words of one of her friends and classmates at Harvard Law School, what she did was shatter the assumptions of many people about “what it means to be an African-American woman.” Here you have an accomplished, intelligent and outspoken black woman, and many Americans are at a loss about how to handle that combination. They’d rather try to destroy her than have to deal with her.

– Ruben Navarette, Michelle Obama’s Bad Rap

Related: Rupert Cornwall does his goddamndest to wrest the WOTD title from Justin Gimelstob with this straight-to-the-bottom-of-the-birdcage column from today’s Independent on how Michelle Obama is oh-so “prickly and resentful.” Well, I’m pretty sure she resents bogus racist/sexist ‘analysis’ from asshat pundits like Cornwall. Kate Harding and Michelle Obama Watch (h/t) have more on Cornwall’s crass idiocy.

Also see this Comment is free post from MOW founder Gina McCauley on the inevitable Stepford rebranding of Michelle Obama.

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Wanker of the day (Atrios who? Is Internet tradition.)

by matttbastard

“She’s a [bleep],” Gimelstob said of Anna, using a word that rhymes with “kitsch. “We’re gonna kick her [bleep],” he added, using a word that almost rhymes with “kastle.”

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“Wait until you see on July 23, she’s gonna be serving 40 miles an hour and I’m gonna be just plugging it down her throat….We do exhibitions together and I’ll mock her, and make fun of her. I’ll just make her know that she’s stupid….I’m sure she’ll rue the day that she has to come here and actually share space with me.”

The Junkies asked whether she knows that they’ll be facing each other; “probably,” Gimelstob said. “She might not even be smart enough to read the schedule.”

They asked if he would serve at her head; “No, I’m gonna just serve it right into the body, about 128, right into the midriff,” he said.

And they asked what would happen if Kournikova made a move on Gimelstob. You know, a Biblical move.

“Definitely not,” he said. “I have no attraction to her, because she’s such a douche….I really have no interest in her. I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that.

– Justin “Bobby Riggs Jr” Gimelstob, securing his membership in the ‘yr doin it wrong’ school of trash talk.

“If she’s not crying by the time she walks off that court, then I did not do my job.” Oh, you did your job, Justin–you’ve ginned up attention for your stupid overpriced tennis exhibition by trollishly utilizing misogynistic slurs (and channeling the spirit of The Battle of the Sexes) in a disingenuous attempt to manufacture a controversy (mission accomplished!). And now we (as in humourless feminazi bloggers) are fulfilling our duty by getting pissed the fuck off and sharing our displeasure with those who pay your salary.

According to Jill @ Feministe, Gimelstob is gainfully employed in the US by The Tennis Channel. Email them at general@thetennischannel.com and let them know what you think about Gimelstob’s comments. Even better, via Kate in comments at Feministe, here’s a list of some of The Tennis Channel’s sponsors:

Something tells me it that, after all this is over, it won’t be Kournikova who’s crying.

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