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Group targets Leno over O'Donnell sex joke

The "Name It. Change It." campaign has launched an offensive against comedian Jay Leno for a joke he made Tuesday night along with "Tonight Show" guest and "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane.

Leno referred to McFarlane's appearance on Bill Maher's HBO program saying, "you were talking about this Christine O'Donnell, you know, the anti-masturbation woman who is running for Senate, and you were talking, and you said you would enjoy having sexual relations with this woman?" McFarlane goes on to say that it was "a little joke" and that O'Donnell resembled actress TIffany Amber Thiessen from the 1990's show "Saved By the Bell:"

Leno: Wow...Now, why -- why do you find -- does the fact that she's the anti-masturbation candidate....
MacFarlane: I think the second she opened her mouth, it would probably ruin everything.
Leno: Really?
MacFarlane: Yes, yes -- once we got into...
LENO: Or make it really good.

The joke landed with a thud at "Name It. Change It." - a group that seeks "to end sexist and misogynistic coverage of women candidates:"

This type of sexist commentary is extremely damaging to women running for public office and should not--under any circumstances--go unrecognized by the general public. A study conducted by Lake Research Partners reveals that sexism, even in its mildest form, has a damaging effect on the political standing of female candidates. Sexist media coverage has a proven negative impact on voters' likelihood to vote for women candidates, and it further perpetuates the inequitable political environment experienced by all women.

The group demands Leno apologize and sign an Equality Pledge that says, in part, "I will pro-actively work to treat all subjects with respect, regardless of gender, and to create an overall media culture in which sexism and misogyny have no place."

"Name It. Change It." is a joint venture of The Women's Campaign Forum, Women's Media Center and Political Parity to research sexual bias and profane name-calling in the media, among other related issues.

(via Huffington Post)

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Hmmm... And I guess you never said anything stupid when you were in high school?

Posted by: robinTX54 | October 7, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

She made an issue out of her ideas in the formative years, appearing on television, and now must pay the price. She will just have to write off the masterbater vote and will pick up votes from the convents.

Posted by: tmd678 | October 7, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Leno is an all purpose all person jokester.
If a man had said the same thing as the anti-masterbation woman, don't you know for sure that he would have said, the anti-masterbation man?

Posted by: mikepost1 | October 7, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Palin committed the same faux pas as McCain did. She neglected to do a little research into McDonnell's background. It must have been out there to find easily since every Tom, Dick and Harry has not only found it, but has videos to prove her basic flaws. I want women in politics since I am a woman, but aren't there any really intelligent right-wing females? We Democrats found at least one, i.e., Hillary Clinton. Wouldn't you all enjoy a debate between Hillary and either Palin or McDonnell, or both Palin and McDonnell with Hillary's hands tied behind her, wearing a blindfold and a gag in her mouth. Hillary would still win!!!!

Posted by: Grannieannie | October 7, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Bible Spice sells sex. That is all she is.
If you want to get past her "If he chooses to please himself, then why am I in the picture?" message, then fine, she is a grifter and a fraud.

Incredible someone thinks she should be taken seriously, let alone sexually.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

America, after all, does have talent. Where is it, is my question, er, uh ... statement. D'oh, whatever.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | October 6, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see it live, but I can't start laughing. Easily the funniest thing Leno has said since his return. "Now I don't care who you are, that's funny!" He'd better not apologize for making a GREAT joke.

Posted by: madstamina | October 6, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

MacFarlane said "the second she opened her mouth, it would probably ruin everything." Obviously this was a blatantly sexist reference to a woman's supposed incapacity for meaningful discourse.
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Wrong. It was reference to that woman's demonstrated incapacity for meaningful discourse.
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Wrong again, it was reference to that woman's demonstrated incapacity for meaningful intercourse.

Posted by: matrox | October 6, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Name It. Change it needs to get on their collective knees and open their collective mouth for a collective high protein meal.

Posted by: angelos_peter | October 6, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Jay should say:

F 'em if they can't take a joke.

Posted by: dastubbs | October 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

kbarker302, you keep using that word, "liberal". I don't think it means what you think it means.

Posted by: Duodenum | October 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

MacFarlane said "the second she opened her mouth, it would probably ruin everything." Obviously this was a blatantly sexist reference to a woman's supposed incapacity for meaningful discourse.
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Wrong. It was reference to that woman's demonstrated incapacity for meaningful discourse.

Posted by: mason08 | October 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

To begin with, Jay Leno hasn't been funny in years. He's a hack. Secondly, he's mr. loves all things republican, so please don't try to associate him with liberals.

Posted by: NCCrab | October 6, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Typical libby-lib double standards. Not that I care a whit about "journalists", but some talking head--a lib one at that--on MessNBC/MSLSD/PMSNBC (choose your moniker) made a reference to Chelsea Clinton being "pimped out" for campaign purposes, and you would've thought he'd committed a felony. Libs actually do say overtly sexist (and racist) things about conservatives, and it's all so ho-hum/yawn. As for O'Donnell, I would rather have a hundred of her in the Senate or House rather than one single lib.

Posted by: kbarker302 | October 6, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Name It. Change It" has it all wrong. MacFarlane said "the second she opened her mouth, it would probably ruin everything." Obviously this was a blatantly sexist reference to a woman's supposed incapacity for meaningful discourse. Leno tried to over come this gaffe by inquiring if, on the other hand, a woman expressing herself might not make the relationship much more pleasurable.
Leno should be commended, not chastized.

Posted by: meltee | October 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect?

This broad is a dingbat who makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar.

So that's what Tea Baggers consider a "candidate" - a short-bus reject and embarrassment to women in general.

Some jokes just write themselves.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | October 6, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect?

This broad is a dingbat who makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar.

So that's what Tea Baggers consider a "candidate" - a short-bus reject and embarrassment to women in general.

Some jokes just write themselves.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | October 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect?

This broad is a dingbat who makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar.

So that's what Tea Baggers consider a "candidate" - a short-bus reject and embarrassment to women in general.

Some jokes just write themselves.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | October 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Any ridicule directed at O'Donnell is acceptable. Another unqualified Republican running for high publice office.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

this is news?

Posted by: pofinpa | October 6, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

good one hacksaw. That says it all.

Posted by: red2million | October 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid waste of time....
Posted by: massmedia77
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This discussion, or O'Donnell? Toss up.

Posted by: pjohn2 | October 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

ODonnell is doing more damage to society taking female candidates seriously than Leno could ever do.

Posted by: hacksaw | October 6, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

sure
as soon as women in the media start to rate male candidates based on their qualifications as a *candidate* vs how much they'd like to sleep with them.

if there's a difference.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 6, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for double post, folks.

Posted by: bucinka8 | October 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@willemkraal: Please visit my blog at http://shutyoureverlovingpiehole.wordpress.com for some literature you may find useful.

For the activists, from both the liberal and conservative sides, it's worthwhile to note that this incident demonstrates the First Amendment at work. Don't like what Leno has to say? Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel are two clicks away.

Posted by: bucinka8 | October 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Awillemkraal: Please visit my blog at http://shutyoureverlovingpiehole.wordpress.com for some literature you may find useful.

For the activists, from both the liberal and conservative sides, it's worthwhile to note that this incident demonstrates the First Amendment at work. Don't like what Leno has to say? Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel are two clicks away.

Posted by: bucinka8 | October 6, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The important point about comedy/satire is that everyone is subject to ridicule, not just a select few and only because of their status. Women are just as prone to get clobbered with jokes as men, as are celebrities. If people are going to put their faces out there, then they have to know that the other side (doesn't matter which side that would be) is going to find some excuse to cause ridicule and tarnish reputations...that's political satire for you.

Posted by: LyndaLBD | October 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Leno is right christine should not have to masturbate if she prefers the real thing but in the meantime oh pleeze christine give me a hand!!!

Posted by: willemkraal | October 6, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid waste of time....

Posted by: massmedia77 | October 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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