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I just watched a short segment on the popular ABC daytime show “The View”, in which the panel of women discussed the controversy surrounding President Obama’s comments about California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. The President got very negative feedback after he called Harris “the best-looking Attorney General”.
When the topic was brought up on “The View”, the first person on the panel to respond was Whoopie Golderberg who immediately stated that she thought the president was right, saying “have you seen the other Attorney Generals?”
Barbara Walters noted that nowadays, if a man compliments a woman about her looks, while they are in a workplace environment, she can immediately go to human resources and say that she was “s*xually harassed”. She then went on to ask if we are really living in a time when a man can’t just pay a woman a compliment, holding the temples of her head in mock frustration and disbelief.
The resident conservative, on the panel, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, made sure to point out that when then Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, talked about having “a binder full of women”, the same people who took offense to his comments have remained silent in response to Obama’s comments about Harris’ perceived good looks.
Whoopie Goldberg was quick to respond to Hasseleck, pointing out that much of the controversy surrounding the “binder full of women” comments by Romney were escalated and exaggerated by comics such as herself. “We comics took it and ran with it,” she said.
Even though President Obama quickly apologized for the comments, soon after they were made, many people are just not willing to let the comments go. Some are even speculating that, behind closed doors, the First Lady gave the President a “tongue lashing,” not only for being so careless with his comments but also because they were particularly disrespectful to her, as his wife.
I still maintain, President Obama did not need to apologize to the Attorney General”. To loosely quote Barbara Walters, what kind of world are we living in when a man can’t pay a woman a compliment?
Nomalanga helps Black women in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s Facebook page or Follow her on Twitter
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