Planned Parenthood, whose new slogan will soon be unveiled as “Over 30 million butchered,” is saying they’re offended by senatorial candidate Al Franken, according to the Star Tribune.
One question: How do you offend these people?
Connie Perpich, Planned Parenthood senior legislative director, said the group’s political arm could find it “very difficult” to endorse Franken in his run for Senate, saying his comments had gone “beyond the boundaries” for anyone seeking elective office.
Here’s the latest “joke” that’s causing a problem from a 1995 New Yorker piece that mentioned Franken discussing a possible “Saturday Night Live” skit involving the show 60 Minutes:
The skit idea centered on a sedative pill bottle found in essayist Andy Rooney’s desk. According to the article, during a brainstorming session, Franken, adopting a Rooney-like voice, suggested several possible lines for the Rooney character:
“And ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.'”
When another writer suggested that the rape comment be about Mike Wallace, Franken said, again assuming the Rooney role: “What about ‘I drag Mike into my office and rape him. Right here! I guess that makes me bad.'”
My main thought after reading this is how unfunny Al Franken seems. Now normally people who offend abortionists are pretty high on my respect list but in this case I have to make an exception. I don’t like anyone involved in this story. A comedian/politician jokes about rape and this offends baby killers? If you don’t mind I’m just going to end it here before I start wondering about what our culture thinks is funny and who it respects as the arbiters of morality.