Mike Tyson recently had a few crude, juvenile things to say about Sarah Palin having sex with a black man. Why should we care? Why would almost anyone care, especially considering it’s Mike Tyson?
Here’s the thing: we don’t. He’s an animal, a convicted rapist, riffing on a rumor. Tyson played out a frathouse scenario for shits and giggles on a Las Vegas radio station, like ‘what if she got a BBC?’
“Glen Rice is a wonderful man,” Tyson said. “He’s a wonderful guy. You want her to be with somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up in there . . Let’s get that donkey in here now. Just imagine Palin with a big old black stallion ripping. Yeehaw!”
I post the comments so you get the sense of what the pugilist was talking about. There’s no sophistication there, no point of view, there are no politics in them. It was Mike Tyson being, we assume, Mike Tyson.
So why is Tucker Carlson’s conservative politics website, The Daily Caller, publicizing this sort of trash? We presume they don’t want to embarrass or denigrate the potential Republican presidential candidate. So why reprint the comments in a supposedly well-respected home for right-wing news and commentary? Why post the audio, additionally?
Tucker Carlson says it’s ‘news.’ Greta Van Susteren disagrees:
She warns Tucker he can’t “hide behind” the excuse that his website is simply reporting on comments made by someone else. “This denigrates women. He knows that, I know that, you know that,” Van Susteren writes.
“I am suspicious his website is not doing well and this is one quick last breath to create buzz to keep it afloat,” she adds.
I’m not sure Mike Tyson’s stupidity “denigrates women.” But the comments are crude enough that no one would want to be associated with them.
Had Tyson used this language to attack virtually any other person in public life, he’d be vilified on the front page of the New York Times. But you won’t read these quotes in the Times. We believe they deserve public scrutiny and condemnation.
Perhaps Tucker thinks Mike Tyson is one of those rapists whose sentiments the public takes very seriously. He’s a reasonable enough person that his thoughts “deserve public scrutiny.” And, in this particular context, obviously, they’re especially noteworthy.
So I’ll do your bidding, Tucker, as you’re a thoughtful person who runs a serious blog. But I’ll condemn Mike Tyson’s wishes that Sarah Palin someday have sex with “the wombshifter”, as your site made so plain and public. If comments like these aren’t held up for proper scrutiny, as I’ve just done, they could become associated with the target. Or worse, they could be ignored. And forgotten.