“Family Guy”‘s Seth MacFarlane stopped by the “The Tonight Show” recently to crack a few jokes with Jay Leno and naturally the two turned to comedy gold, Delaware Republican Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell. Sadly, this was before her “I am not a witch” video, so the two had to find other things to say about her … like her orally servicing Seth MacFarlane. Jay asked Seth about how he said on Bill Maher’s show that O’Donnell bears a striking resemblance to the character Kelly Kapowski on “Saved By The Bell”, whom he had a crush on in high school. Jay then put a photo of O’Donnell and actress Tiffani Amber Thiessen side-by-side and Seth said it did nothing for him, which is implying it didn’t get a rise out of him. Jay then teasingly asked if Seth liked her because she is the “anti-masturbation candidate” and Seth answered, “I think the second she opened her mouth, it would probably ruin everything.” And then — ba dum dum! — Jay joked that could actually be “really good.”
As much as I think Christine O’Donnell is a ridiculous person, I’m super pissed any of these comics would crack an oral sex joke about her. Joking about being orally serviced by a woman is a way to denigrate her, or take her down a peg, and that’s not how O’Donnell should be taken down. It’s not how any woman candidate should be taken down. It’s a lazy joke, is what it is.
And I can’t believe I even have to explain this, but I know if I don’t, people are going to get upset: so, yes, it’s wrong when it happens to Sarah Palin or Christine O’Donnell and it’s wrong when it happens to Barack Obama, too. It’s just more tiring when it happens to women, because there are so few of us in Congress to begin with, yet our appearances are so talked about. It’s “too soon” to joke about potential-congress-lady BJs in a cultural climate where women only hold 16.8 percent of the seats in Congress.
(But for what it’s worth, if Chelsea Handler cracked a joke about Obama being a cunning linguist, I wouldn’t think she were trying to take him down a peg. I’ve never in my life heard a woman try to denigrate a man by saying he should go down on her.)