Here we go again with the sexist insults. This time it’s Hillary Clinton’s turn to be compared to a KFC meal.
Badges with the words “KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts… Left Wing” were doing the rounds at last weekend’s California Republican Convention.
Remember the menus at a Liberal National Party fundraiser in Queensland last June that featured on its menu: “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail – Small Breasts, Huge Thighs & A Big Red Box”?
Exactly who came up with the witty idea to compare female political leaders to pieces of fried poultry is unclear. It probably originated in the USA as an insult to Hillary Clinton about 15 years ago, but at least some in the US press are accusing Republicans of stealing the insult from Australia.
“In case you missed it, the double standard is alive and well in presidential politics, ” writes Gail Shister from the Philadelphia Times. “Regardless of a woman’s intellect, experience or fitness for office, her body is fair game, and it had better pass muster. Conversely, hotness trumps all. (See Palin, Sarah.)”
As San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci tweeted when she saw the badges: the Republicans must really be worried about Hillary’s rumoured 2016 campaign for president.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) October 6, 2013
Marinucci tweeted an hour later that the badges had disappeared and that many present at the conference were “also appalled”. While several Republicans have spoken out against the offensive nature of the badges, they’re still for sale on the website republicanmarket.com.
Other charming badges from the site include “WORK HARDER…Millions on welfare depend on you” and “Send the illegals back and send the liberals with ‘em”.
At this stage, it is still a rumour that Hillary Clinton is planning to run for president in 2016. Asked by New York magazine last month if she was considering running, Clinton admitted to “wrestling” with the idea, but said she was “not in any hurry” to make a decision.
“I think it’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon,” she said.
Whatever the case, the rumour’s strong enough to compel the New York Times to assign a full time reporter to follow her.
And just because we love the Texts from Hillary memes, here’s one of our favourites for you.
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