The conservative vs. liberal culture wars may be reaching new heights of absurdity this week in the wake of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's interview with Megyn Kelly.
Lena Dunham is one of the many, many celebrities who have called for the cancelation of 19 Kids and Counting following the revelations that Josh Duggar molested five young girls, and his parents allowed the abuse to continue for over a year.
Unfortunately, Dunham was involved in a "molestation" scandal of her own last year when she revealed that she sexually experimented with her younger sister when she was 7 years old.
Obviously, that's not in the same ballpark as what took place in the Duggars' home, but nonetheless, in the minds of certain idiots, it leaves Dunham vulnerable to criticism in the discussion of such matters.
Naturally, former Alaska governor and current national punchline Sarah Palin took the opportunity to attack Dunham from this angle in a lengthy screed she posted to Facebook just moments ago.
"HEY LENA, WHY NOT LAUGH OFF EVERYONE'S SEXUAL 'EXPERIMENTS' AS YOU HAUGHTILY ENJOY REWARDS FOR YOUR OWN PERVERSION? YOU PEDOPHILE, YOU," Palin's rant begins.
She then turns off the caps-lock but continues right on with the crazy:
"I’m not defending the Duggar boy's obvious wrongdoing over a decade ago...but I’m sickened that the media gives their chosen ones a pass for any behavior as long as they share their leftwing politics.
"Case in point, they suggest Lena Dunham's sexual assault on her sibling is cute, and she's rewarded for it with fame and fortune. Meanwhile, they crucify another, along with an entire family.
"The Duggar debate needs to shift from solely the boy's obvious wrongdoing when he was 14 years old to...The media's hell-bent mission to go after the entire Duggar family for one member’s wrongdoing, while giving a total pass to perverted actions of someone like Lena Dunham - or any other leftwinger celeb caught doing awful things."
Palin concludes by saying:
"Welcome to my world; believe me - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!"
There are so many problems with this argument that it's hard to know where to begin, but we'll start with: Holy hell, did Sarah Palin just use the phrase "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" in an argument about childhood sexual abuse?!?!?
It might take us a while to get over the infuriating idiocy of that comment, but in the meantime, we'd like to point out that there was an absolute shitstorm over Dunham's comments about her sister, to the point that she was forced to cancel a leg of her book tour and temporarily disappear from the public eye.
Ya know, just like Josh Duggar is doing right now.
But we're sure there are plenty of other beloved liberals who committed heinous acts of sexual abuse without anyone in the media taking notice. We'll put on our most garish sweaters and enjoy a Jell-O Pudding Pop while we try to think of one.
Of course, Palin is correct in her assertion that the media is making a bigger deal out of the Duggars than they ever did with Dunham.
As far as we can tell, there are two reasons for this:
- The Duggars are far more popular and influential, and thus, more likely to make the evening news, and
- LENA DUNHAM WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND JOSH DUGGAR WAS 15!!!
The worst part about Palin's argument is that she's attempting to turn the repeated abuse of several young girls over the course of a year into a political issue.
It is not. It is a moral issue, a legal issue, and a crucial societal issue. Young men who do what Josh Duggar did should go to prison, and that is not a matter that needs to be debated on the floor of Congress.
If you disagree, the problem is not with your politics...