Barbra Streisand has been one of the most vocal gender rights activists for decades, and now she has political pundits and the press in her crosshairs for their “outright sexism” covering the presidential campaign!
Noting that women are still expected to act a particular way in our society, she wrote:
“It seems that nothing much has changed. It’s been 24 years since I said in a speech for Women in Film, ├óΓé¼╦£Men and women are clearly measured by a different yardstick. And that makes me angry. Of course, I’m not supposed to be angry. A woman should be soft-spoken, agreeable, ladylike, understated. In other words, stifled. Language gives us an insight into the way women are viewed in a male-dominated society.'”
Explaining that accomplished women are traditionally treated with suspicion instead of praise, Babs says this double standard is evidenced by the media’s treatment of Clinton’s campaign.
The music legend cited tweets from Fox News‘ Brit Hume, who wrote that Clinton was “shouting angrily” in one of her victory speeches, and MSNBC‘s Joe Scarborough, who told the Democratic frontrunner to “smile” after her win.
Using these examples, Streisand said there’s no way the media would use the same language when discussing a male candidate, adding:
The 73-year-old also compared the media’s coverage of Hillary to that of the carnival event that is Donald Trump‘s campaign, blasting the press for how they report on the “joke that isn’t funny.”
“I notice the press doesn’t even call [Trump] out on his own lies or his refusal to answer questions. If you repeat a lie loudly and long enough, people may come to believe it is true…And what would the press say, for instance, if Hillary Clinton displayed anything like the crassness of Donald Trump in debates? Or his staggering lack of knowledge on foreign or domestic policy?”
She ain’t kidding around!
In the end, Streisand implored Americans to “stop being afraid of women,” concluding:
“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid. It’s about time that a woman with strength, experience and compassion leads our already great nation in this time of global insecurity. If the pundits or certain GOP candidates are afraid of that, maybe they should just try smiling more.”
Sing it, girl!
What do YOU think of Babs’ strong words about the press?
Read her full essay HERE and see what you think!
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