Resentment, thy name is Michelle Obama.
The previous First Lady of the United States was far from a unifying, nonpartisan figure for the country, which is no surprise considering that before Barack won the White House, Mrs. Obama infamously suggested that making her husband a viable presidential candidate was the first thing America had done in her adult life that was worth being proud of.
But if you thought that was good, just wait until you hear her latest gem. The Daily Caller reports that during a talk at an Obama Foundation Summit (ugh) today, Mrs. Obama felt the need to lecture the male half of the country for our alleged sense of “entitle[ment]” and “self-righteous[ness].”
“Y’all should get you some friends,” she said to the men in the audience. “Get you some friends and talk to each other, because…[women] straighten each other out on things.”
“Y’all need to go talk to each other about your stuff because there’s so much of it…it’s so messy,” she continued. “Just talk to each other about why you’re the way you are” […]
“The problem in the world today is we love our boys and we raise our girls, you know?” she said. “We raise them to be strong and sometimes we take care not to hurt men, and I think we pay for that a little bit.”
“It’s powerful to have strong men but what does that strength mean?” she continued. “Does it mean respect…or are we protecting our men too much so they feel a little entitled or a little self-righteous sometimes?”
You can watch this gibberish for yourself below:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 1, 2017
Former first lady Michelle Obama: “Are we protecting our men too much, so that they feel a little entitled, a little self-righteous?” pic.twitter.com/xtmNPEhNhm
— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2017
I think I speak for most of our readers when I say: Mrs. Obama, what the hell are you talking about?
Where are the examples for any of this? The evidence? Is this all from her vague, personal impression of what’s going on (you know, the sort of assumption that is usually recognized as prejudice when directed at women or minorities). In what other context would broad pronouncements about failings that allegedly afflict “y’all” in a group, or asking for self-reflection on why members of a group are “the way you are” notbe automatically recognized as simple bigotry?
Newsweek’s write-up on the talk admits that Michelle “didn’t specify what ‘messy stuff’ she feels men need to discuss amongst themselves,” but offered a guess as to what she might have been referring to:
But after a month of dozens of sexual harassment and assault allegations—after Harvey Weinstein’s explosive scandal opened the floodgates—her words seem to take on a heavy significance. As more and more women come forward claiming they’ve been harassed, groped, assaulted and raped—including six women just today who accused director Brett Ratner of all of the above—many are feeling a growing sense that something needs to changed.
Don’t you just love how the narrative about the sins of one particular community — enlightened, feminist, pompously left-wing Hollywood — seems to have conveniently morphed into an indictment of male America as a whole, despite there being no more reason to believe the rest of the country shares this particular Hollywood sin than there was two months ago? Of course, for the Left it couldn’t be any other way; heaven forbid an actual conversation about the Weinstein culture inspire inconvenient questions about the values Hollywood liberals project in public…
Do you miss Michelle Obama yet?