Breitbart News ad features sexist image of Nancy Pelosi as Miley Cyrus

This has got to be a new low, even for the conservative media.

West Coast Politics Breitbart ad featuring Gov. Jerry Brown and Nancy Pelosi in Miley pose and

Breitbart News launched its California political coverage today with an ad campaign featuring some street art-style images, including this one of Nancy Pelosi in a Miley Cyrus-esque pose, as well as a confusing one about about Silicon Valley Girls starring Mark Zuckerburg with topless breasts (seriously, can someone explain?). As The Wire notes, the ads are all part of Breitbart’s attempt to cultivate an image of the right wing as cool and edgy. “But the new ads don’t seem dangerous and new; instead they play on old sexist tropes.” 

And while the GOP and right wing media certainly don’t have a monopoly on sexist political images, it’s telling that conservative attempts to be “cool” veer so quickly to the boringly sexist. As DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in statement declaring the ads “foul, offensive, and disrespectful to all women” and calling on Republicans to condemn them, “It’s no wonder the Republicans are having problems appealing to women.”

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • rocinante3d

    It is odd to note that feministing did not say something similar when the former governor of Alaska was brutalized by the media. There were many comments about Ms. Sarah Palin that didn’t even merit complaint by feministing.

    One particular comment by Mr. Martin Bashir was that someone should crap in Ms. Palin’s mouth really did not merit much attention here at all. Neither were the attacks on her daughter get much mention here at all.

    It would be nice if feministing even had an illusion of treating women equally. All we get is left leaning tirades that quickly become tiresome and boring.

    • Maya

      As mentioned in the original post, we’ve never pretended liberals can’t be sexist. We did a whole Sarah Palin Sexism Watch series in ’08. And for Michele Bachmann too. No doubt we didn’t cover every single instance of sexism toward conservative politicians, but I’m sure we missed some towards Dems as well.