This is probably not a smart move…
After causing a huge controversy over the weekend by asserting women who support presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are only doing so to impress "boys," feminist icon Gloria Steinem has apologized.
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On Friday night during an appearance on Real Time with host Bill Maher, Steinem's initial comment about girls supporting Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton fell VERY flat:
"When you're young, you're thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.'"
WTF? What kind of patronizing crap is that??
Maher leapt on her comment immediately during the show, responding:
"Now if I said that, ‘Yeah, they're for Bernie because that's where the boys are,' you'd slap me."
The last two days of reaction after the show found pretty similar views to Maher's, as Steinem took a lot of heat for her insinuation over the weekend.
Now, she's backtracking.
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The feminist and activist wrote on her Facebook page on Sunday morning:
"In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what's been misinterpreted as implying young women aren't serious in their politics. What I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what's happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before."
Uh, "misinterpreted"? We thought her statement was pretty clear — and pretty darn demeaning!
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The commenters on her Facebook page didn't take too kindly to her apology either. One reader responded:
"While I appreciate the apologize, this statement doesn't really confront the problem, nor how much damage your statement did. You chalked up an entire generation of women as brainless who vote for a man's approval. That's not why we earned the right to vote."
What do U think about Steinem's comments?!
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