Sexism is Alive and Well


3 famous sexist comments.

If you thought that sexism was dead, think again. Famous actors, TV-personalities, and politicians keep spitting out sexist comments and it is time to put our foot down. Just take a look at these quotes and see for yourself.

Any non-white, non-cis, non-male seems to be a valid target for outrageous comments regarding their persona, appearance, or background. This old-fashioned patriarchal mentality is allowing men to get away with the craziest comments, and even giving them more public support. The below quotes are very much real, and the people behind them have not really been the subject of public scrutiny other than making a few headlines just to be forgotten the day after. Read, and be appalled.

Political candidate and businessman Donald Trump.

Political candidate and businessman Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is always in the headlines, with sexist comment after the other. This tweet is a tasteless example of his level of maturity, as well as his view on women. This tweet is targeting Ariana Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, a woman who usually openly disagrees with Trump politically. Mature Trump. Very mature.

Actor, Producer, and Director, Mel Gibson.

Actor, Producer, and Director, Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson is not only famous for his acting, but also for his sexist and racist comments over the years. When he split in 2010 with his long time girl friend Oksana Grigorieva, he made comments against her in a 30 minute video. He made these comments, “I am going to come and burn the f—ing house down … but you will b— me first.” He also reportedly told her that she looks like a “f—ing pig in heat” who risked getting “raped by a pack of n—–s.” He finally commented on the statements in the video in 2011 with this statement.

I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality – period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It’s one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.

However, this was not his first apology in 2006 he was arrested for a DUI. When they were attempting to arrest him he said, “F–king Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?” During the same event he looked as a female officer and said “What are you looking at sugar t–s?” He apologized for that in an interview with Diane Sawyer.

Actor and Musician Jamie Foxx.

Actor and Musician Jamie Foxx.

We all read the news about the Olympic goldmedalist Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, transitioning from man to woman. This was in the beginning of last year and people seemed to have a lot to say about it. Jamie Foxx, who hosted the second annual iHeart Radio Music Awards in Los Angeles in March last year, was one of them.

“We have some groundbreaking performances here too tonight. Bruce Jenner will be here doing some musical performances,” Foxx said. “He’s doing a his and her duet all by himself … Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.”

Television viewers went on Twitter to complain that the joke was offensive to people struggling with issues of gender and sexual identity. According to the Office for Victims of Crime, “one in two transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives,” an alarming number highlighting the societal stigma transgender people experience every day.


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Erin Maloney

Erin Maloney is studying psychology and loves criminology. Her goals are to work for a government agency as a criminal profiler. She loves to write articles about animals, psychology, social justice issues, and to be a voice for other students. Her out of school hobbies are volunteering at animal shelters, shooting guns, and tide pooling.

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