House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shook her head in disgust Monday afternoon when asked about an advertisement released by Breitbart.com, a conservative political Web site, that features her face superimposed onto a sexually suggestive image. The image, one of several advertisements for “Breitbart CA” — a new, California-focused offshoot of the site — drew ire throughout the day. Asked about the image following a news conference, Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded: “So tasteless, that .. I mean, is it even worthy of a question. It’s so undignified.”
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has called on GOP figures to boycott Breitbart until the images are removed.
“If GOP leaders are serious about their rebrand, then both their elected and Party leadership should condemn this outrageous behavior, call on Breitbart News to immediately remove the ad, and not continue to use this website as a forum for their views,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “To say the least, the Breitbart News ad is foul, offensive, and disrespectful to all women. It is a disgusting new low and would be reprehensible against any woman — regardless of party.”
Breitbart has responded by publishing a lengthy recounting of the ways that Republican women have been mocked by liberal commentators and comedians. An excerpt:
There have been plenty of other instances in which liberal leaders like Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz have been silent when conservative women have been maligned, such as after Martin Bashir suggested that that someone should urinate and defecate in Palin’s mouth; Bill Maher referred to Palin as a “cunt”; David Letterman joked about the statutory rape of Palin’s daughter and referred to her as a slutty flight attendant and hooker; and comedian Kathy Griffin joked that McCain picked Palin as his running mate after receiving sexual favors. Saturday Night Live joked about Todd Palin having sex with his daughter because… the Palins are “from Alaska.” Donny Deutsch said on air that Palin is type of woman he would want “laying next to me in bed” without any outrage. And Tracy Morgan said Palin is nothing more than “good masturbation material” without ginning up outrage among prominent Democrats.