When a reader tweeted a link last Thursday to the Comox Valley Business Gazette story about Clark’s comments on her ex-husband Mark Marissen, I did two things.
First, I nearly choked on my coffee. This woman has no filter between her mind and her mouth.
Second, I tweeted it to Christy Clark, Mark Marissen and the creator of the Madame Premier blog, Diamond Isinger to see what she would have to say about it.
Diamond rarely lacks for words on anything related to her heroine Christy Clark, but three days later, she’s still silent on this comment:
A seasoned orator, as well as a veteran of a talk radio business where controversy and titillation are king, Clark delivered what was surely the highlight of the presentation only a few minutes in.
While struggling against a microphone that wouldn’t stay upright, she commented, “I’m not going to say it reminds me of my ex-husband.”
The comment was met with laughs by all and the most raucous ovation of the afternoon.
Since Thursday, the story is starting to pick up a little traction. The Times Colonist did a mention in Press Pass with the headline ‘Is Christy Hitting Below the Belt?‘ and our good friend RossK did a great post titled … Return to Milf Island?
Now, for those who might recall the Milfgate incident,while many people claimed it was the DJ’s wrong, it was my contention that the premier had already set the standard for innuendo and titillating talk with her prior interviews with the Vancouver Sun sports section and appearances on Rock 101.
In fact, RossK backed that up with a great transcript of one of her visits to the station while in her current position as premier. Remember Mr.Skin?
But alas, this latest limp joke really fell flat in my opinion – no pun intended.
Not just because people like Diamond Isinger run to the premiers defense with cries of sexism and political double standards for women in politics – and yes, both are real issues facing some women in politics – but because Christy’s ex is still very much in her life, co-parents their son with her and very much defends her and her government on twitter.
It makes me wonder…
How the hell Clark can reconcile being offended at Richard Bransons naked kite boarding comment, stating:
“I didn’t think it was very respectful.”
With her innuendo laden comment joking about her ex-husband.. all while unable to get a microphone to firmly stand up.
And if you want to talk about double standards, what would happen if a male premier made a joke about his ex-wife’s sexual function.. or lack thereof ?
Do you think that he might be called… gasp… sexist??
More likely women everywhere would have more than a few nastier words than that..including Ms. Isinger,who would personally man the guillotine… but because it’s Clark, she gets a pass? Come on. Innuendo laden and suggestive comments like this have ruined more successful politcal careers than Ms. Clarks.
Frankly, the hypocrisy between what Clark says and what she does, is stunning, dwarfed only by her inability to understand why she is so low in the polls.
It comes down to character and integrity – unfortunately for Clark, voters seem to think she has little of either, and with limp jokes like this, it’s no wonder.
*** While Diamond has steadfastly ignored me since last Thursday, a tweet from Bill Tieleman did elicit this tepid response last night:
** Update two.
Ms. Isinger finally responded with a non-response on twitter.
To which I responded :
Valid points, no? Ms. Isinger didn’t think so….
It is more than a little ironic that even though Ms. Isinger felt completely comfortable speaking out nationally on TV, on radio and in newspapers about the sexist comments, innuendo and disrespectful comments some female premiers face… when the premier she defended the most, suddenly commits the same crime, joking about a very sensitive mens issue…..about her ex-husband no less…
She suddenly has no opinion. ( I didn’t bother asking Isinger what she thought of Clarks Manswers interview, that might have sent her under a couch for a week…)
( a shorter version of this post appears in the Huffington Post BC: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/laila-yule/christy-clark-husband-joke-microphone_b_2854290.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia )
Andy Radia of Yahoo Canada has jumped in with this take : http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/b-c-premier-christy-clark-criticized-joke-limp-154404112.html
And Political Analyst for Omni Television states this could mean more trouble for Clark: http://www.news1130.com/2013/03/11/premier-in-hot-water-for-off-colour-remark-about-ex-husband/