Monday, February 11, 2008


I'm curious as to people's take on Hillary's grievance du jour regarding the "pimped out" comment by MSNBC's David Shuster. I think this take is pretty right on: I think there's a legit grounds for a bitch from Hillary's side, in that using the word "pimp" in any sense other than a pejorative one is not particularly common for the 60-and-over set. I also think that many people under 40 and definitely most under 30 are going to think that it illustrates the fact that Hillary's a member of the 60-and-over set. I certainly find it less offensive than many of the racially charged innuendos that came out of the Clinton camp in the wake of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Now, this matter of exactly what offense was given and what punishment is deserved in response is besides the point that Clinton has grabbed ahold of this relatively minor infraction by a relatively minor media personage like a shipwreck victim for a life preserver. They're not making a big deal out of it because of (or at least solely because of) their outrage at the offense, but because they're fucking fired up to have something to be outraged at.

But let's ignore that matter right now. What exactly is the level of offense in this comment, if any? I'm also curious as to what the generational and cultural differences would be in this perception.

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