Everyone knew this political race was going to get slimy and gross and increasingly disgusting as it progressed. So many of you, and of my real life friends and peers said — watch — they’ll go after Michelle Obama next. And I believed that. Michelle Obama is an opinionated and outspoken woman, her senior college thesis caused controversy, and she’s made some statements that have called her (and consequently. her husband’s) patriotism into question. Twisted or not, statements like that are fair game when you’re speaking out on the campaign trail. What I have a real, serious problem with, is the tone that is emerging here.
Then this morning I got an e mail from an astute reader, pointing me to this article on Salon, about a recent interview segment on Fox News. Yes, y’all, Fox News is referring to Michelle Obama as “Obama’s Baby Mama.”
Hold UP. Wait a minute.
I find it impossible to believe that nobody at Fox News knows what a baby mama is. They know exactly the message they’re trying to not-so-subtly send, by using urban slang that their viewers are most likely unfamiliar with. By definition, a baby mama is an unwed mother, often used as a dismissive reference. For example, “Oh, she’s just his baby mama.” It’s inaccurate, completely inappropriate, and sadly unsurprising from the channel that describes itself as “fair and balanced.” In fact, if Fox wanted to accurately describe Michelle Obama while using the Urban Dictionary, they could have called her his “wifey.” But why would they do that — “wifey” doesn’t rhyme like Obama and mama does, and more importantly, it doesn’t have that insinuation of illegitimacy.
You all know that I’m not a Fox News viewer, so please correct me if I’m wrong, or ignorant, or reacting out of turn. Let me know if they’ve gone after Cindy McCain with the same kind of venom, if they’ve reported anything about that recent, heartbreaking interview with John McCain’s first wife Carol featured in Britain’s Daily Mail, or slapped any kind of dismissive label on her, or disparaged her character. Just guessing — I don’t think they have. The whole thing makes me wonder, isn’t this campaign supposed to be about the candidates? And y’know, the issues that are affecting America? Are wives and families fair play on the campaign trail? I don’t think it’s right, and I’d love to hear your opinion on that.
Sometimes I really question why I wade into these treacherous political waters. The more I write about the Obamas, the more nasty comments I start getting… just today, someone posted a negative comment on my Michelle Obama Afrobella of the Week post (written in August of last year, mind you). I don’t believe in censuring dissenting opinions, so feel free to tell me why my blog is “inane,” or to criticize my views because they don’t jibe with yours in whatever way you see fit. But when I see something that pisses me off, I’m gonna shout about it. And if Fox News referring to Michelle Obama as a “baby mama” bothers you and you want to shout about it, shout over here — firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call and leave a comment: 1-888-369-4762. Or you can click here for Fox News questions or comments.
In the meantime, I’m going back to what this blog’s s’posed to be about — beauty and music and positive vibrations. My blog heroine Gina of What About Our Daughters just started the Michelle Obama Watch, so give her a visit and send her your tips. AND Gina’s covering the Democratic National Convention! Big things a gwan for WAOD, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
If you have honest questions about anything regarding Barack or Michelle Obama, click here to visit their new Fight the Smears website.
What are your views on this baby mama drama, bellas and fellas? Does it make you angry, or are you numb to this kind of thing by now?