We interrupt our scheduled program of Viral Monday and Uncommon Verbiage to do a much-needed Public Service Announcement on proper common sense and the internet.
You may have heard recently about a less-than-brilliant quote made by the one and only conservative dingbat Todd Akin, who stated, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Now as if that weren’t insult enough, he went on to say, “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Now, I’m going to offer my unprofessional opinion on the matter with an old truism from my childhood:
If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Or in this case, don’t say it on national television.
If you are on television, and someone asks you about ‘whether or not [you think] abortion should be legal in the case of rape’, do not add the word ‘legitimate‘ anywhere in your answer. In fact, decline from answering. Or cite your ‘doctors’ by name so we can lampoon them instead when giving a batshit answer.
Since his goof-up a twitter handle known as @LegitimateRape had been ceaselessly lampooning him, and was later revealed (after it was taken down) to be none other than political cartoonist Matt Bors. Conservatives have begun to back away in horror at the brevity of this wildfire of a PR shitstorm (technical term).
To see the blunder in its natural habitat, watch the video below (moron moment at 2:22):