Tonight on Fox News, you can expect to hear lots of outrage directed against Sandra Bernhard.
Why? Because Ms. Bernhard, in a Web video that captures 1½ minutes of her new stage show, repeatedly calls Sarah Palin a “bitch.”
And also this: “You whore in your cheap fuckin’ New Vision cheap-ass plastic glasses...”
(That metallic sound you hear is Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly locking and loading. Heck, Rush Limbaugh might even get the ball rolling in an hour or two.)
Y’all know how I feel about Sandra Bernhard: I was for her before I was against her.
And this clip seems like the kind of self-absorbed oh-so-“outrageous” horseshit ranting that Bernhard pretends is “art.” What it really is is a played-out comedian acting like she’s still on the cutting edge of American culture.
The clip below has been online for a week... with only a couple of hundred views. But now it has been noticed by the conservative blog NewsBusters and by the Drudge Report. So, like I say, you’ll be hearing about it. (Drudge is how these right-wing talking points go pandemic.)
NewsBusters and Drudge are hyping the story with a line that’s not in the video. Here’s their header: “Sandra Bernhard: Palin Would Be Gang-Raped By Blacks in Manhattan.”
That grabber comes from a blog post by Ari Roth of Washington’s Theater J, which is currently hosting Ms. Bernard’s show. To wit:
“When Sandra warns Sarah Palin not to come into Manhattan lest she get gang-raped by some of Sandra’s big black brothers, she’s being provocative, combative, humorous, and yes, let’s allow, disgusting.”
Yeah yeah yeah. And, let’s also allow, irrelevant. Except to Sean Hannity, proud sock puppet of the Republican Party.
UPDATE (09/18/08): When I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Looks like Fox News didn’t mention the Sandra Bernhard video at all. But then, Sean Hannity had the night off. (Exhausted, no doubt, from all the research he put into his Sarah Palin interview.)
On a slow news day, this could’ve been a big one.
Still, Ms. Bernhard needn’t feel ignored. This YouTube clip got 19,000 hits via the Drudge Report, and another 9,000 courtesy of Michelle Malkin, in a day and a half.
Oh, and Rush Limbaugh did mention it on his radio show. So I was right about that much. Click here to hear a 2-minute clip on my Vox blog.
(And if you’re wondering about the unspeakably obscene Jeffrey Ross joke that Rush alludes to, it’s probably this: “I wouldn’t fuck Sandra Bernhard with Bea Arthur’s dick.”)