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Meghan McCain Fires Back Against Glenn Beck’s Sexism

Meghan McCain Fires Back Against Glenn Beck’s Sexism

Glenn Beck’s sexism is, sadly, not a new phenomenon.  I wish I could be surprised that he responded to Meghan McCain’s new skin cancer PSA by graphically pretending to vomit at the sight of her in a strapless dress, but at least McCain didn’t take his sexist tirade lying down.  She responded to Beck’s vicious tirade about her body by telling him to focus on what’s important: fighting against skin cancer.

It’s a particularly sensitive issue for McCain because both of her parents suffered from skin cancer, which is perhaps why she chose to respond to Beck’s vitriol in such a mature and productive way.  In an open letter, published on the Daily Beast, she said that she thought by pretending to be naked (the theme of the PSA is a number of celebrities, depicted wearing nude bodysuits or filmed, like McCain, so that they appear not to be clothed, saying that they feel “naked” without sunscreen), she could draw attention to the disease.  McCain was, in reality, wearing a strapless dress, which was cut off by the camera.

Beck, on his radio show, pretended to vomit into a trash can every time he looked at McCain or heard her name.  He then said, “Put some extra clothes on. Like, lots of extra clothes … has she thought about a burqa, just to be extra safe?”

It would have been easy for McCain to respond with absolute, righteous fury — Beck’s comments were insulting, fat-hating, and sexist beyond words.  But instead, she showed just how empty his hatred is.

“There really is no need to make something like my participation in a skin cancer PSA into a sexist rant about my weight and physical appearance,” McCain wrote, “because I’m going to let you in on a little secret, Glenn: you are the only one who looks bad in this scenario, and at the end of the day you have helped me generate publicity for my skin cancer PSA, a cause that I feel quite passionate about.”

And then she delivered the kicker: “You’re a full-grown man with teenage daughters who are probably dealing with the sexist, body-obsessed media environment that is difficult for all women. Is this really the legacy you want to be leaving for yourself?”

Meghan McCain deserves some serious applause for standing up to a more extreme version of the sexism that most women experience daily when their bodies are criticized or scrutinized and their words are ignored.  We need more women in the public sphere who point out, rightly, that when people like Beck criticize women for their appearances, they’re the ones who come out looking ugly.

To learn more about McCain’s campaign against skin cancer, you can visit this website.

 

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11:08AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I commented on this already, but it didn't appear here, although it did on Facebook! Tavis, the only difference between you and Beck is that you, at 16, have SOME excuse for your lack of maturity, Beck, a grown man doesn't have any. Someone said here that they would expect this from a 12 year old, that doesn't give a lot of 12 year olds much credit. I have read here about 11 and 12 years old who show a lot more maturity, such as the 11 year old boy who spoke out against genetically modified food and the girls of similar age who denounced the clothes manufacturers who try to sell them skimpy outfits with suggestive slogans on them. They show a maturity beyond their years, not the opposite, and give me great hope for the future of this planet.

6:57AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I don't always agree with Megan McCain but she has shown herself to be a women who is interested in putting out intelligent arguments about causes she believes in.
Of course she should participate in a PSA about skin cancer. She is at higher risk and I'm sure she wants to make sure that everyone is aware what they need to do to decrease there risk and get proper screenings. Why should Glenn Beck care what Megan McCain does to increase health awareness about a very dangerous disease?

8:07PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

@ Joy >> B/C the are TEAPARTIERS or REPUBLICONS, whichever you prefer, and they think they should Rule All with THEIR IDEAS of how our Country should be run. And They Don't Care WHO They Have To Destroy To Gain Control!!! They are Women Hating, Lower Class Hating Racists who are Terrified that the blood that runs in their veins is perhaps NOT PURE Anglo-Saxon European Blood!
I'm STILL in Disbelief that ANYONE VOTED these Neanderthals in office in the first place!!!

6:53PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

ALTHOUGH I DID NOT ANSWER POLL, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY HE AND THOSE LIKE HIM ARE ALLOWED TO DEGRADE HUMANITIES WIT.

8:07AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Isn't it preposterous that mainly the ones who - like in this case - accuse others to be indecent or whatsoever, are temselves the most indecent and repellant bunch when it comes to necessary protection measures for the environment and fellow beings??? What kind of of destructive mental illness is that???

12:33AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:17PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Good for her!! What a sensible young woman!!

10:34AM PDT on May 16, 2011

You go, Meghan, you have more class in your little finger, than that .........whatever!

10:31AM PDT on May 16, 2011

Her response to Glen Beck is pure class. Beck is the one who should wear a burqa, and he should be gagged as well. That way, we're protected against having to look upon his unquestionably fat self and listen to his garbage.

10:30PM PDT on May 15, 2011

We have bunch of stupid and crazy people around us they are like garbage throw them out

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