Lady Gaga released a public service announcement last month about sexual assault, talking about her own experience as a survivor and reminding people to support and help victims in their own lives. Sounds great so far … but her decision to team up with former Vice President Joe Biden is a head-scratcher.
Biden has a well-documented history of infringing the personal space of women and girls in public with kissing, massaging and nuzzling, earning him the title of “creepy Uncle Joe.” In a time when men are being exposed left and right for assaulting, groping and harassing women, Biden is looking worse and worse.
“Joe Biden, We Need to Talk About the Way You Touch Women,” Gawker wrote in 2015. Daily Beast writer Erin Gloria Ryan was blunt this week with an opinion piece headlined “Dear Lord Would Joe Biden Be a Terrible Candidate for These Times.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
DOC: Really? Really?
Joe Biden is doing a public service announcement against sexual harassment. Joe Biden, the former vice president is on a public service announcement talking about inappropriate behavior. No, no, no. Not promoting it. I mean, saying it’s wrong. Never should you raise a hand to a woman, ever.
Joe creepy old man rubbing up on every woman he sees Biden is doing a public service announcement. Really? Really? You have lost your mind. He is doing it with Lady Gaga, because that makes a lot of sense too.
All right. Let me set the stage for you, before we play this quick public service announcement from Joe Biden. Joe Biden is seated in what looks like a hotel room with Lady Gaga. And she’s rubbing his shoulder, and they’re all close. And keep that in mind, that’s what’s actually happening, while they’re saying this. Here’s the public service announcement. Joe Biden and Lady Gaga.
JOE: I heard you’re not only a great friend, but a fierce advocate. Lady Gaga has been the voice for people who have been forgotten, people who have been abused, until it happens to you.
Well, it happened to her. And she’s shown enormous courage. And we want to make it real clear, it’s on us. It’s on everyone to intervene to stop abuse when they see it, and when they hear about it, to intervene. It’s, no man has a right to raise a hand on a woman for any woman, other than self-defense, ever, period.
VOICE: And that’s not to leave out the men as well. I am a sexual assault survivor, and I know the effects, the aftermath, the trauma, psychology, physical, mental. It can be terrifying.
VOICE: Waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body. But we’re here to remind you that it’s important to reach out to someone in your life that you can trust, and to know that they will be there to help you. There will be someone to listen. Because you know what, it’s on us.
What’s next? Hillary launching a public service campaign about the dangers of Libya? Is that your next PSA? That’s the next liberal PSA that’s coming? Is Colin Kaepernick going to explain proper US flag code? Are Corrine Brown and William Jefferson teaming up for an anti-government corruption PSA? Is that what’s coming tomorrow?
Joe Biden on a PSA discussing what is inappropriate behavior around women is like Harvey Weinstein in a campaign promoting carpal tunnel awareness and water conservation.
It’s like Jeffrey Dahmer discussing the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. It’s like Monica teaching proper techniques for laundering formal wear. Joe Biden warning against sexual harassment assault is like Al Franken warning against sexual harassment and assault.
It’s like Larry Craig discussing the ills of public displays of affection. It’s like Bill Cosby and George Takei promoting dating safety tips.
It’s like John Boehner being against lobbying in DC. It’s like Glenn Beck launching an anti-obesity campaign.
Did I take that too far? I think I took that too far. I took that too far.
VOICE: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You did.
DOC: I think I took it too far.
Really? I’m expected to believe Joe Biden in this? And other people are as well?
Where the hell are you progressives calling him out for this? It’s not hard to find all of the inappropriate behavior.
Simply go to YouTube. Type in “creepy Joe Biden.” Type in Joe Biden gropes kids. Joe Biden gropes women.
It’s all over the place. He clearly has done things to make them feel uncomfortable. Touching them. Saying things that makes them feel uncomfortable. And he somehow gets a pass?
This is the problem. A lack of consistency. I don’t care what you think about either side is where you fall, but if you are not being consistent from person to person, and situation to situation, and applying the same logic and beliefs in this, then you’re part of the problem. But I got to disagree with crazy creepy Joe and Lady Gaga. This is not on all of us. It’s not on all of us to prevent sexual assault. It’s on the people who sexually assault.
You take responsibility for you. I will take responsibility for me. Don’t blame everybody else. Don’t blame society. Don’t blame toxic masculinity or any other BS term you come up with. Blame the people responsible. Hold them accountable.
Let the punishment fit the severity and nature of the crime. And if they are punished, they’re remorseful, they make amends, forgive them and move on.
These are not worse crimes. It’s not worse now. This is not some liberating age, where we’re finally getting beyond this. It is a witch hunt. Beyond just calling people out for doing bad.
By the way, when Lady Gaga said that, I couldn’t help, but think, we’re here in this hotel room to fight against sexual abuse and sexual assault. We’re here, promoting the cause of women and how creepy people like Joe shouldn’t be creeping up on women. In this hotel room, that’s what we’re doing. Join me on Twitter. It’s @DocThompsonshow. Got a bunch of calls. We’re stacking them deep. We’re going to get to them next, on the Glenn Beck Program.