CNN Plays 'Stupid Girls' Before Story About Sarah Palin Visiting Chick-Fil-A
UPDATE AT END OF POST: CNN responds.
Remember last November when Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was disgracefully greeted with the song "Lyin' A-- B--ch" during her appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?
On Sunday, Pink's "Stupid Girls" was played before a CNN Sunday Morning piece about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin visiting a Chick-fil-A restaurant to show support for the embattled company (video follows with transcript and commentary):
[Music and lyrics]: Aha, aha. Stupid girl, stupid girls, stupid girls. Maybe if I act like that…
RANDI KAYE, ANCHOR: Sarah Palin is apparently hungry for chicken and controversy. She posted this on Twitter and Facebook: “Stopped by Chick-fil-A in the Woodlands to support a great business.” That is her and her husband Todd. Chick-fil-A has come under fire after, we were just telling you, after its president Dan Cathy came out in opposition to same-sex marriage. Several communities now trying to block Chick-fil-A from coming into their cities. Fellow Republican Mike Huckabee has organized that Chick-fil-A appreciation day scheduled for Wednesday.
Imagine such a song being used to introduce any female Democrat. The outrage would be deafening.
[I]t’s my understanding that the hosts of these shows on the 24 hour cable news channels generally have nothing to do with the selection of the bumper music. That’s usually handled by the production staff, and a specific individual is frequently assigned to do nothing but select the musical cuts. CNN can – and probably will – easily say that it was all a coincidence and it might be hard to prove otherwise.
CNN may say that, but it's no excuse for such sexism and misogyny from America's self-described "most trusted name in news."
As such, will CNN and Kaye be asked to apologize?
*****Update I: Kaye in 2006 worried "Will Saddam [Hussein] suffer in death?"
*****Update II: A CNN spokesperson emailed me with a response Monday amazingly saying, “The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story. We regret any perception that they were planned together.” Read more.
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