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Sunday, July 20, 2008

AlterNet: Flashback: McCain Joked About How Much Women Love to be Raped

WA:About as funny as his cute little song, "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" to the tune of the Beach Boys song. War AIN'T FUNNY, YOU IDIOT! And neither is RAPE. Maybe you'd like a nightstick forced up your rear orifice for a taste of what it is like? Most men who have suffered sexual assault don't like it - and neither do women, in any of their orifices.

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Flashback: McCain Joked About How Much Women Love to be Raped

Posted by Amanda Terkel, Think Progress at 8:31 AM on July 16, 2008.


Rape: always a very funny subject.
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Funny guy

The blog Rum, Romanism and Rebellion pulls out a 1986 Tucson Citizen article recounting a joke about rape told by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Speaking to the National League of Cities and Towns in Washington, DC, McCain allegedly said:

Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, “Where is that marvelous ape?”

McCain was swiftly criticized by women’s groups. A spokeswoman for NOW in Arizona said the organization’s members were “incensed by his cruel and sexist remark.” McCain said he did not “recall” telling the joke. More recently, the McCain campaign scheduled a fundraiser with a Texas oilman who compared rape to the weather while running for governor. "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it," said Clayton Williams in 1990. After public outcry, the event was “postponed.”

Update: Huffington Post's Sam Stein spoke to reporter Norma Coile, who wrote the original article. Coile told Stein, "I'm not sure exactly what the wording was of the joke, but something was said. Some joke involving a rape and ape was said."

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