This has got to be a new low, even for the conservative media.
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 Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.