Check out this video of American comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. He’s talking about an American football star, Brett Favre, who was recently involved in a bit of scandal because he allegedly texted (or sexted) pictures of his penis to a female sports journalist.
The details of the case don’t really interest me (and neither does American football) but what is cool and interesting and funny is Bill Maher’s response to the whole thing.
The clip goes for nearly six minutes, but the good bits (I think) start around 1 minute 10 seconds in, because this is when Maher begins to tie this “sport sexting scandal” to a broader discussion about white masculinity and the rise in popularity of conservative women like Sarah Palin, or “MILFs of the New Right”, as he calls them.
If you can’t view the video, I’ve transcribed some parts of Maher’s piece that I think are the most interesting:
“Because here is where we’re getting to it. Because men have always been in charge. Especially white men. Brett Favre is like a lot of white males. He’s owned the world for so long he’s going a little crazy now that he doesn’t. Also like many white men across the country, he lost his job to a Mexican. [image shown of another American football star named Mark Sanchez. This gets big laughs from Maher’s audience]
And if Brett Favre’s penis could talk, what would it say? Well, other than “no photos please”. I think it would say “I’m not a witch, I’m you”. Because for hundreds of years white penises were America. White penises found America. They make the rules and they call the shots. In the workplace, in the home and at the ballot-box. But now the unthinkable is happening. White penises are becoming the minority. 2010 was the first year in which more minority babies were born than white babies. *This* is what conservatives a really upset about.
That the President is black. And the Secretary of State is a woman. And every shortstop is Latino. And every daytime talk show host is a lesbian. And suddenly this country is way off track and needs some serious restoring.
If penises could cry, and I believe they can, then white penises are crying all over America.”