Jon Stewart & Kristen Schaal make fun of GOP contempt for women
Jon Stewart and Kristen Schaal did a masterful job of putting various GOP ads targeting women into proper context. Kristen Schaal use of sarcasm was impeccable.
Jon Stewart starts by showing news clips from various news outlets stating that women will decide the 2014 election. Women will decide control of the Senate.
"Usually women are a sure thing for Democrats," Jon Stewart said. "This year the GOP is launching a big rebranding effort to change that and you know what that means."
After showing more news clips of the talking heads talking up Republican's push to attract women, Jon Stewart introduced Kristen Schaal, a 'senior women's issues correspondent'.
"Kristen, how is this Republican outreach campaign to women going," asked Jon Stewart.
"So great Jon," replied Kristen Schaal as she went into the setup of the skit that showed the contempt for women that the GOP used in the construction of ads targeting women. "Republicans have finally figured out what is most important to women, men folk! Women don't see candidates as potential leaders. They see them as possible soul mates. And Republicans are finally running ads to reflect that."
Jon Stewart asked if the GOP thinks women believe elections are just about getting into relationships. "No! No," responded Kristen Schaal. "That is insulting and reductive. Women don't just think about getting into relationships. We also think about getting out of them. Like the one we are in with Obama."
The two real commercials they showed are so stereotypical and offensive it's hard to believe they are not supposed to be satire. It is really demeaning to women and to the intelligence of women.
The first ad assumes women voted for President Obama to be in some relationship as if policy issues didn't guide their vote. The policies they voted for, fair taxes, increasing the minimum wage, ending wage discrimination, affordable healthcare, student loan relief, rebuilding of the infrastructure, marriage equality, immigration reform, were either implemented, in the process of implementation, or being blocked by those now asking for their vote.
The second ad asks women to keep an incumbent based on superficial tenets. It did not ask for the vote based on specific issues or accomplishments of the candidate. It used stereotypical notions of what makes women tic. This ad is for a candidate that materially hurt many of the poor, working poor, and working middle class by denying them healthcare.
The skit ends on a rather funny but representative ad that simulates what the macho male GOP ads throughout the country look like. There is much depth to this skit. One hopes both women and men get it and vote in the best interest of their families, their states, and their country.
Watch the uncut skit here.