DOES JEFF KNOW?  4:40 pm July 11, 2012

Michigan Misogyny: Not Just For Republicans Any More!

by Jeff Wattrick

I said good day!If you watch Ed Schultz’s GET OFF MY LAWN hour for liberals, then you’ve probably heard of Virg Bernero, Lansing’s shout-tastic Mayor. Bernero was also the Democrats’ embarrassingly bad Michigan gubernatorial candidate in 2010.

And he might be a sexist and a homophobe who thinks his female political opponents are really men wearing lady clothes! City Councilwoman Jody Washington (a labor-backed Democrat like Bernero) says Mr. Anger Bear Mayor called her a man in drag—specifically a man named Eric Hewitt, who used to be on City Council.

Based on his MSNBC shtick, you might assume that Bernero is one of those uber-PC types that glares at you if you don’t bring reusable bags to the organic local food co-op. That assumption would be wrong. Virg Bernero is actually just another tacky local pol who says not nice things about Native Americans and (allegedly) ladies. Especially when they get in the way of his fun casino plans.

When a reporter asked Bernero about this man in drag allegation, he gave a non-denial denial: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He went on to tell this reporter, a lady, to “get your facts straight. ”

Of course he did. Someone has to set these broads straight. Otherwise, they’ll start to think they’re Carl Bernstein in a dress. Get your facts straight lady and make Virg Bernero a sandwich.

 

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Billmatic July 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

A sandwich would be really nice right now.

smokefilledroommate July 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

a sandwich… in drag?

Billmatic July 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

That's fine, as long as it doesn't have one of those froggy berets.

Baconzgood July 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Here in my town we put freedom fries on our sandwiches! AMERICA!

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I thought you lived in AMERCIA, Baconz.

Callyson July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Dammit, now I have a craving for Primanti Bros and I am 2600 miles away…

DrunkIrishman July 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

A sexist Italian-American? Never.

actor212 July 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That's like a drunk Irishman!

DrunkIrishman July 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

you think you're better than me?

Baconzgood July 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I know. That hurt. Let's get a drink and talk about it.

actor212 July 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Dude, I'm a Finn. We're drunker than you guys.

And we fight dirtier too…

SorosBot July 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

What will the think of next, an uptight Englishman?

sewollef July 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

you think you're better than me? Too. Also.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Geezus, there's fuckin' furrnurrs EVUHwheah on Wonketz these days. (Hides birf certificate)

Callyson July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Hey, no love for drunk Irishwomen?

va_real July 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Apparently it's STILL Misogyny Monday…

actor212 July 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Whenever I get the chance.

Callyson July 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Well played, my man…

Jukesgrrl July 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

Hey! Sexist Italian-Americans are Papal-approved. Unlike drunken Irishmen who are merely local-priest-approved.

Lascauxcaveman July 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Make him a sandwich and bring him a Tootsie Roll for dessert.

Billmatic July 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

mmmmm corn syrup logs

arcadesproject July 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Shouldn't we bring him something to drink, too? A coke? A beer maybe?

Callyson July 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

With all due respect, I can think of worse insults than being called a man in drag. Being called Ann Coulter, for example, would be much worse…

…then again, that would amount to the same thing, wouldn't it? OK, never mind, give him hell, honey…

ETA: actually, that's not fair to men in drag, who don't deserve to be compared to Coultergeist. Never mind…

Jukesgrrl July 12, 2012 at 1:22 am

Megan McCain was on Chelsea Lately last night (the Chelsea Handler who just gave the Obama campaign a cool million). She said she is horrified to find that some people get her and Coultergeist mixed up. "I'd KILL myself," Megs shrieked.

dogscantlookup July 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

Gov T bird http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBhYTERzDVE
the future is now!
FIRE IT UP!1!

actor212 July 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Virg: They call him Virgin for short, but not for long

chascates July 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Maybe the EU will trade us Greece & Estonia for Michigan & Arizona.

AlterNewt July 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

A lady reporter? I'll be danged.

Baconzgood July 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Still the best avatar on wonkette!

SexySmurf July 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Now I'm going to have to find a pic with two Smurfettes.

AlterNewt July 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Much too kind, Baconz. Much too kind.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Okay, pardon my ancient eyes, but what the fuck IS your av?

Butch_Wagstaff July 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I got the bad eyes even with glasses. Looks to me like it's a couple of young ladies doin' some sinnin' on top of some kegs?
Did I guess right? What's my prize?

MumbletyRadio July 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Corrections come in two's:
Still YOU* had the best avatar on wonkette!

*it's not even close but it's the closest I could find : (

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I gotta remember that you're one of the BAD Wonketteers who puts up linkies, like Baconz and Dok Zoom and NotThatWhateverItIsThisWeekThatHe'sNot.

I clicked that link. You'll be hearing from my attorneys. (Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe.)

Baconzgood July 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

I can't find it again.

Mumbletypeg July 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

Fair enough — and as nothing can be done about that, I will attempt to no longer drag out the subj. with mentions of it~

ChessieNefercat July 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Should I be glad that even if I click on it, I can't tell what it is?

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Trust me on this. You probably don't want to know what it is. (shudder)

smokefilledroommate July 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Sounds like he's on the Virg of being a douchebag Republican (pre-op?) He should just complete the operation.

actor212 July 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

A good cockpunch ought to put him over.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I could help with this. (Looks around for butterknife.)

SorosBot July 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Sadly this is far from the most misogynist story today, after Tosh.0's rape "jokes".

actor212 July 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

In fairness, Tosh was yesterday's news, so Virg is back in the running!

SoBeach July 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I tried to like that Tosh, what with him being a hometown guy and all — but I flat can't stand him.

It took me a while to articulate exactly what it is I don't like. Other comedians say outrageous and shocking stuff. But you can tell underneath it all they're just goofing. Tosh seems like he's got a downright mean streak.

You knew that Don Rickles, while offensive, was just doing a shtick. It was an act. Tosh seems like a guy who's only pretending that it's an act, to get away with saying the things he really wants to say.

smokefilledroommate July 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I agree. I never watch his crap and can't understand why everybody shits their pants over him.

sharethegrief July 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Rape will never be funny, even though our military tends to find it harmless.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Even beyond that I'd say that the problem I have with Tosh is that that's all he really has going on, in terms of humor. And it's hardly unique to him, there's a whole class of "comedians" who think the secret to humor is to be an repulsive douchebag on stage.

It's not that line-crossing isn't a comedic technique; vulgar humor of all sorts has a strong tradition in comedy (see: The Aristocrats), and actual decent comedians like Louis CK and Sarah Silverman incorporate vulgarity and transgression into their acts pretty ably. The problem is comedians like Tosh, or Dunham, Carolla, or Cook, who think that being vulgar is all it takes, and confuse being a douchebag for being funny. It's insanely lazy and witless and the hallmark of a bad comedians.

Billmatic July 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Well said! It's not necessarily this particular incident, his entire act has been racist and angry from the start. This outcry over the specific incident is just the public outing of a hack comedian, and like Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia before him, he'll eventually go down in flames.

I just don't understand how long we're going to have to put up with Jeff Dunham doing arena shows.

For all the grief the Blue Collar Comedians took for "legitimizing" a lifestyle, these people are much worse. Besides, I'm pretty sure Larry the Cable Guy is one of the greatest satirists of our generation. He's so good at it, the people he's mocking are the ones who celebrate him!

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Oh god, I forgot about Mencia. And actually I totally missed the part where he was a plagarist (though I did see the South Park episode that mentioned as much), the big thing there was that his shtick was entirely a whole bunch of insane racism for which he used his own background for cover from criticism. Even when, umm, he was randomly making fun of South Asians.

SoBeach July 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

Besides, I'm pretty sure Larry the Cable Guy is one of the greatest satirists of our generation. He's so good at it, the people he's mocking are the ones who celebrate him!

Bingo. And the people celebrating him KNOW he's mocking them. Or their family. They get it. And it's some clever, funny stuff.

I've never seen Tosh say anything clever.

Baconzgood July 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

She should have been making a sandwich with her man hands during that whole video.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

She would have, but her man was busy wanking.

elviouslyqueer July 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

No offense to Jody Washington, but no self-respecting drag queen would be caught dead with that hairdo.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

You see, that is why the best thing you can do with a women in the work place is just ask them to get you coffee. Anything else you say to them will just make them all emotional.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

It's also probably a good idea to tell them that they're that they look sexy, and to smack their asses. Life is stressful for women in the workplace, and it's important to boost their self-esteem!

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I also try to dump pencils on the floor of my office so they can bend over to pick them up. It's a win/win, as they get some needed exercise.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

We're so considerate! ::High-fives::

MissTaken July 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I'm sorry, how do you take your coffee? With or without salt?

SorosBot July 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

He wants it with arsenic.

emmelemm July 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Rat poison. Ever seen 9 to 5?

{Wait, rat poison usually is arsenic, isn't it?}

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Such a tragic movie.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

See, this is just what I mean. You are having one of your monthly infections, aren't you?

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

That's a (c)Newt_Gingrich original, isn't it? Or was it some other guy who was spouting on about giraffe hunting and foxholes and monthly infections?

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm
MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Lightly garnished with ground poisoned rat dicks sounds like a good recipe.

ChessieNefercat July 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I had a suggestion, but it looked really dirty after I typed it out, so never mind.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Hey, MAN??!? This is the fucking Wonketz, EVAHthang here is really dirty.

C'mon, TELL.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I know. The only question that you need to answer before posting is "Will my post be easy to masturbate to?"

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

This place was built on gin and the buttsex. Go for it.

ChessieNefercat July 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

"I'm sorry, how do you take your coffee? With or without salt?"

So, my intent would be to throw the hot coffee at them, but give them a choice:
I'm sorry, how do you take your coffee? In your face or in your lap?

Slinks off…

Jus_Wonderin July 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Ogyny has a competition? Is there fancy pageant walkin'?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

The Miss Ogyny Pageant – with fancy walkin', sammich makin', and the always-popular barefoot-in-the-kitchen competition.

Chichikovovich July 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

And someday, on their wedding night, the lucky groom will be the first to Phyl Ogeny.

Maman July 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Proof that all Dems are not PC. Now can the GOP show me Republican with a heart?

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Dick Cheney </trollolololol>

sullivanst July 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Dick Cheney lives, trolololo guy is dead – more evidence of the nonexistence of God.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Dick Cheney's very *existence* is an argument against god.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

GodDAMNit, Joe! You stole my line, man!

Baconzgood July 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

What's this bitch got her panties all in a bunch for?

Antispandex July 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Well, has anyone SEEN Eric Hewitt lately? I mean, how do we know it isn't a common mistake?

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

You can tell she's not a man by the way she's totally on the rag.

emmelemm July 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I dunno… I've known some men to be on the rag in my time.

MissTaken July 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Phff…women! Thinking they are people! Ha!

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The ex floored me with that, one day. You know the old quote. "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." I had never thought of it that way.

Butch_Wagstaff July 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Of course they're people. Someone's got the make sammiches and pop out babies.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Yes, but "they're people" means they're entitled to all the *rights* that people have. Including the right to be complete and total assholes. That blew my mind. I thought only men could do that.

Beowoof July 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Virg is just pissed that Jody has bigger balls than he does and isn't afraid to stand up to this arrogant douche.

Chichikovovich July 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Virg Bernero is not only a creep, he also fails my personal "Are you so corrupt that you'll oppose a project that has nothing but advantages to your constituents, just because you've been bought off by contributions from a scofflaw billionaire?" test. That is, Bernero opposed (and, I would guess, still opposes) the second bridge over the Detroit river. i.e. he's bought and paid for by Maroun.

That said, I must say I think this is a bit overblown. He did not say "She's a man in drag". There's a particular person, Eric Hewitt, and Bernero said that she is Hewitt in drag.

If I was trying to characterize some hitherto unknown Texas politician, a woman, who exhibited the worst extremes of wingnuttism, I might find "She's Rick Perry in drag" a snappy way to put it. To say that I was thereby saying that she was "a man" would be to twist my words.

sharethegrief July 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

All women are more manly than Rick Perry, just to clear things up.

PuckStopsHere July 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I'll have to look into the bridge thingy, but I like Virg. He's a good, solid FDR Democrat who has a pair and isn't shy about showing them off. That's why he lost to that clown Snider. He came across as angry and that, according to the polling, turned a lot of voters off. From my point of view, given the sorry state of affairs here in our fair mitten, he had and has a lot to be angry about. And I'll bet you are correct. He wasn't calling the gentlewoman a drag queen, he was saying she reminded him of Hewitt in drag based upon her policy positions, but I don't know the details. But I do like Virg nonetheless. We'd be better off had he won the governorship. But then again, we'd be better off had virtually anyone won the governorship besides the guy who did.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

It's rather unfortunate … almost sad … that this maker of bridges and corrupter of politicians should be known by the monicker of Maroun, which, I take it, is pronounced exactly like that other word his constituents doubtless use on him regularly — maroon?

Chow Yun Flat July 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

If Bernero took Matty's money (and the line of pols with their hands out was long, deep and bipartisan) it certainly wasn't money well spent. As the mayor of Lansing he has as much to say about the bridge (International Trade Crossing if you will) as I do. He was the Dems candidate for governor only because they had to have one and never really had a chance.

rickmaci July 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Stupid comes in an array of flavors.

sbj1964 July 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I'm half Irish,and half scottish;so that means I can drink,and fight,and still look good in a skirt! I mean a kilt.Yeah a kilt right.

Chet Kincaid July 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm

He is just trying to find compromise and consensus with Republicans around the issues of yappy broads and redskins!

Jus_Wonderin July 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

So, I've spent the last 40 minutes watching clips of Tootsie. I guess I could call it research.

"God, I begged you to get some therapy."

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Now I'm wondering just what on earth you DO, J_W, because I can tell you, I tried that old "I was doing research" when busted scanning YouTube clips, and my boss was all, "We're supposed to be working on science and computers, not samba music."

Jus_Wonderin July 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

LOL. Computer games. I “lead” the Art Dept; with free time today. Actually, it could be wildly construed as research from a oblique sociological angle. Tootsie: The Video Game!!!

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Oh, how cool is that! You can get away with YouTubeing at work!

Mind you, the boss who busted me on that used to come in and read the stock market reports for an hour every morning, but apparently, it's easier to pretend THAT is work.

sullivanst July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I guess we should've asked Michigan to stop being awful for longer than five seconds.

ChessieNefercat July 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Well, where I live, it's at least a pretty shithole. Sniffle.

ChessieNefercat July 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Quick! Send in the Biden!

ttommyunger July 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

This kind of schoolyard douchebaggery is rampant among politicians at every level today. Is it something in the national water supply or are we just becoming a Nation of assholes?

Chow Yun Flat July 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I think we are past the becoming and well into being.

rickmaci July 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Pretty much we have become a nation of assholes.

Buckminster July 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

They act in Montana as if we reporters were unruly schoolboys, but– they are learning. The more you slappy-paw at me, the more slappy-paw you get on Page 1

Chow Yun Flat July 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

It wasn't really a non-denial denial from Virg. He says “I don’t know what you’re talking about" a lot since he doesn't know much about anything.

rickmaci July 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Mich-ogyny

Angry_Marmot July 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Let he who is without sin… I thought it was Anne Elk (Miss) until I heard the accent.

Designer_Radio July 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Yay! Jeff, you figured out the Alt Text thingy! I knew as soon as I told you about how it's the only thing holding you back from Wonkette Blogging Billionaire Town, you'd come along.

kittensdontlie July 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

This too much a he said-she said(what she thought he meant when he said it because she was affected with emotion at the time).

shortsandpants July 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Virg sounds like he's just jealous of his fellow ladies.

comrad_darkness July 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Poor Detroit.

Buckminster July 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Virg sounds a little brain-dead. Let's just unelect this creep. The lady, however, is just fine. She has comic value.

Negropolis July 12, 2012 at 1:28 am

Not going to lie, Virg is my mayor and I'm a supporter, so I'm admittedly biased. Until someone has this documented, it's heresay as far as I'm concerned. As for the charge that he's a homophobe, that couldn't be further from the truth. Look up the guy's history from past to present.

I haven't seen Jody come up with a single witness to this. When asked, she gave the bullshit answer that they don't want to be named, and they are using his past blow-ups as some kind of proof that he said this. It is no mystery that the mayor has a temper (and usually he has a right to), but you can't just make shit up because of that. Virg has got a big fucking mouth, to the point of where I've had to criticize him, myself, even as a supporter, but unless Jody has got the proof, this is slander, straight-up, and her robocalling this is despicable.

BTW, the local media should be ashamed they are reporting this claim without asking following up on Jody's side of this. I'm talking to you, MLive and Lansing City Pulse.

Billmatic July 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

There's stuff on youtube still, like the one with bill cosby doing his bit and then mencia performing exactly the same bit down to the exact same words.

Joe Rogan was one of the flag bearers for this crusade: http://blog.joerogan.net/archives/92

Butch_Wagstaff July 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Wonkette is just like America! It's a melting pot. Or a pot that's melting…or something.

emmelemm July 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Bitches be crazy, amirite?

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

From me, you always get a prize. The prize is whatever you want that I can afford. Did you guess right? How would I know? I'm blinder than you! I do fine with distance, but it's getting to where I can no longer read the stuff on my prescription drug labels. At least they're all the kinda drugs that I'll go with a smile on my dial if I OD.

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I never could stand the guy, so I never watched him after the one time that convinced me he was a pig. So all this is news to me. Thanks for the links and the background, Billmatic.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I know, can't live with them, can't get them to dress up in tight leather Nazi uniforms.

–Emo Philips

MittBorg July 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

As hot as it is, I hope to god it's not *my* little stash that's melting.

bobbert July 12, 2012 at 12:19 am

OT, howzit by you? Reached 102 here in the foothills today.

MittBorg July 12, 2012 at 12:22 am

I thought I remembered that sleazy oily little gasbag belching that out. Gads, these Republicans are such reactionaries, I have to wonder how any sane human being can stand to be around them.

MittBorg July 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

Hey-o! The weatherliar claims we were around 81F today, all I can say is if this continues, I'm'a move north. It was so damn fucking hot I opened all the windows and passed out. Even the *cats* were melting. Ever seen a hot cat? They get *r-e-a-l-l-y* long and flat and stretch out on the nearest tile or stone floor, or even in a little mud patch, if they can find one.

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