Hannity, Guests: Jon Stewart to Blame for Gang Rape

Fox News loves to show lurid videos of young girls in bikinis around spring break as they stare at the screen and talk about how sad such displays of immorality are (wink, wink). Jon Stewart made fun of them for it a year ago. So now that a girl has been gang-raped on a spring break trip, that’s obviously all Stewart’s fault.

Sean Hannity and his guests blamed Jon Stewart’s mockery of their salacious spring break coverage last year for a gang rape this year that was recorded on video showing witnesses stand by and offer no assistance.

Guest Gavin McInness, the Vice co-founder, said he and Hannity tried to warn viewers that women were vulnerable while partying at spring break, but he said Stewart and his “Daily Show” writers were “cracking jokes like we’re at a rape roast,” reported Mediaite.

“You have that smug cretin, that despicable Jon Stewart, literally touching his eyebrows (and) going, ‘What’s the worst that could happen, hall monitor Sean Hannity? She’s going to blow out her left butt cheek twerking?” McInnes said…

“Jon Stewart and all these smug liberals who were laughing the whole time are the same as the bystanders who walked by,” McInnes said. “They have the same blood on their hands. They made jokes about rape, and they’re not funny.”

Hannity agreed, saying Stewart and other media watchdogs attacked his program’s coverage despite being “too busy with his head up Obama’s butt.”

“It doesn’t feel good to be vindicated,” McInnes said. “This is not, ‘Ha-ha-ha, I told you so.’”

“As the father of two daughters, I’m disgusted with this, and I’m disgusted with Jon Stewart talking like that,” Dietl said. “What if it was his daughter? He wouldn’t be talking so smug — smugatacious punk.”

Yes, yes, yes. Pour out that fake moral outrage. Because I’m sure that Hannity’s five-part series about girls twerking on spring break would totally have prevented this woman from getting raped a year later if only Jon Stewart hadn’t made fun of them for boosting their ratings by showing video of it to their octogenerian viewers to simultaneously be titillated and appalled by it.

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  • wreck

    “smugatacious punk”

    Dibs on band name!

  • JustaTech

    Ugh! That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works!

    Hannity, those men raped that woman because they wanted to. People walked on by because they didn’t care, or they didn’t see, or they didn’t want to get involved. Or maybe because *your show*, like so many others, describes women as objects to be used and moralized against. So they are less than human, and not worth fussing about. If anyone here deserves the finger-wag of shame it it Hannity and crew.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    “smugatacious punk”

    Dibs on band name!

    That’s not a band! That’s a whole genre!!!! (and John Lydon may have invented it)

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    Only on Fox news can you argue that the women had it coming, because they should have stayed at home, and then blame Jon Stewart for the rapes, because he mocked Fox the last time they said the girls had it coming. While showing off girls in bikinis both times.

  • Johnny Vector

    “smugatacious punk”

    Dibs on band name!

    That’s not a band! That’s a whole genre!!!! (and John Lydon may have invented it)

    Excellent! Now I have an image in my head of Sean Hannity on his last broadcast, turning to the camera and saying, “Do you ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”.

  • Synfandel

    Sorry. Smugatacious Punk is already taken for Jack Black’s next movie.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    If someone had written a mocking parody of “Mein Kampf,” one year after the original was published, would the Holocaust be that satirist’s fault?

  • scienceavenger

    “Jon Stewart and all these smug liberals who were laughing the whole time are the same as the bystanders who walked by,” McInnes said. “They have the same blood on their hands. They made jokes about rape…

    Yes, but you see, my intellectually diminutive friend (that means “stupid”), jokes about rape, however poor in taste, are not remotely the same as actual rape.

    Or put another way, behind door #1 you can hear jokes about being raped, and behind door #2, you can be raped. Choose. Something tells me your choice would be quick and decisive for #1.

  • marcus

    Synfandel @ 6 Made me look!

  • marcus

    scienceavenger @ 8 It should also be noted that Jon Stewart was not making jokes about rape. He was making jokes about Sean Hannity’s idiotic spring break coverage with regard to rape.

  • Johnny Vector

    scienceavenger:

    Or put another way, behind door #1 you can hear jokes about being raped, and behind door #2, you can be raped.

    You seem to be suggesting here that Jon Stewart made jokes about being raped. Can you provide any evidence of that? Why would you accept a statement that he did, from someone he publicly embarrassed, as any kind of proof?

    Rape jokes are not funny, and do contribute to a culture that allows rape as much as ours does. If Stewart is making rape jokes, he needs to be called out, with specific examples. If he is not (and my recollection of that bit is that he didn’t come anywhere close to it), let’s not pretend he is. The unsourced declaration of a talking head on Fox is evidence of exactly nothing.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You’re all morons! Smugatacious Punk is a kind of soil. And also Jabba the Hut’s sidekick.

  • John Pieret

    Stewart was definitely not making jokes about rape. You can watch the segment here:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hannity-panel-rips-stewart-for-spring-break-coverage-mockery-what-if-it-was-his-daughter/

  • D. C. Sessions

    Stewart was definitely not making jokes about rape. You can watch the segment here:

    It’s an easy mistake to make. To some people (e.g. BillO) rape is such an inherently funny topic that any mention of the topic is hilarious to them.

  • Artor

    Goddammit Modus! Would it kill you to let someone else win a thread once in a while?

  • Evan Brehm

    I love how Fox News loves to wail about sexual immorality and vulgarity while simultaneously inviting Gavin McInnes, one of the of the most vulgar and sexually unrestrained human beings on the planet, as a commentator.

  • scienceavenger

    @10 and @11 I’m well aware Jon Stewart did not make jokes about rape. I never miss his show and recall the episode in question. I’ve just given up trying to explain satire to these numbnuts. Some of them watched Colbert as a fan, never getting that it was all a put on. So instead, I choose to attack the simplest aspect of their argument, and show it doesn’t even hold water on its own flawed terms.

  • marcus

    @^ Understood.