It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
1. Jesse Watters
This week, Ivanka Trump was booed by spectators while speaking at a women’s panel in Germany. However, when Fox News anchor Jesse Watters commented on the matter, he managed to somehow sound even more disrespectful than the jeering crowd.
“It’s funny, the left says they really respect women, and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss,” Watters said in the clip. “And I always thought the Europeans were supposed to be so sophisticated and well-mannered, and now they’re treating it like it’s a soccer match … So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
Not surprisingly, the comment “I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone” raised eyebrows everywhere, and it seemed fairly obvious that Watters was attempting to make a lewd joke. (Which: HELLO, Ivanka’s on your side, you fool!)
Though Watters later insisted that he was merely commenting on her composure, he also conveniently decided to take “a vacation” following the backlash.
2. The Dirty Dancing Trailer
The promo for the upcoming Dirty Dancing remake dropped this week, and good God, where to even begin with this trainwreck?
First, there’s the fact that Dirty Dancing does not need a remake, and even if it did, that remake already happened! It was called Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and the only person who watched it was my friend in middle school, who also owned the DVD!
Second, why is Abigail Breslin in this? Her acting abilities aside, has she ever demonstrated that she has any affinity for dance? Aside from that segment in Little Miss Sunshine where everyone dances to “Superfreak”?
Lastly, this looks like a shot-for-shot remake of the original, except hokier and worse. If you’re going to trod on the original, at least change some of the dialogue, for fuck’s sake!
3. Senator Mike Enzi
This Republican Senator in Wyoming spoke to students at Greybull High School and Middle School last Thursday, and allowed for questions from the audience. The transcript of the event was just published this week, and the Senator made a remark which has stirred up considerable controversy.
One of the students asked Enzi what he was going to do to in order to support the LGBT community. Enzi’s response? Essentially: that if you’re bullied for your sexual orientation, it may be your fault.
“What we need to have is a little civility between people,” the senator replied. “We always say that in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem. I’d be interested in any solutions that you have for how we can make that work better … The biggest thing that we need is civility”
Um. Okay. Thank you for telling the victims of LGBT hate crimes that they had it coming, Senator.
Enzi later apologized in a statement, saying:
No person, including LGBT individuals, should feel unsafe in their community. My message was intended specifically to be about promoting respect and tolerance toward each other. I hope if people look at the entirety of my speech, they will understand that. I regret a poor choice of words during part of my presentation. None of us is infallible and I apologize to anyone who has taken offense.
Which is a very eloquent apology — although, judging from his off-the-cuff remarks, it’s pretty evident how Enzi actually views the LGBT community.
4. Robert Fisher
This New Hampshire state representative was unmasked by The Daily Beast this week as the founder of the infamous woman-hating subreddit, r/redpill.
This is the very same subreddit that is responsible for the rise of racist and sexist trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos, and is highly misogynist in its messaging and cult-like in its following.
Fisher did not confirm that he was behind the hateful subreddit, but the evidence was fairly damning, according to The Daily Beast:
Within hours of contacting Rep. Fisher, and after delivering by email a summary of his apparent connections to The Red Pill kingpin, his two primary Reddit usernames had been wiped, and four blogs connected to him were deleted or made private. He has not returned additional requests for comment.
Welp. Looks like Fisher may have a thing or two to explain to his constituents, hmm??
5. High School Prom Organizers Everywhere
This week, the Wall Street Journal did a deep dive on the rules and regulations surrounding various high school prom dress codes — specifically, how those dress codes and requirements are solely directed at female students. Though there are plenty of viral stories to clue the general public in on this kind of injustice, I was personally astounded at some of the lengths that schools will go to in order to police their female students’ bodies.
The WSJ reports:
Today, things are a little more complicated. At Boylan Catholic High School in Illinois, the dos and don’ts of prom-wear alone stretch to 21 pages.
Melissa High School in Texas requires female students to have prom dresses preapproved by a school coach. At Archbishop Ryan High School in Pennsylvania, all female students submit a photo wearing their prom dress, or bring it to school, for approval by a three-person committee.
Carencro High School in Louisiana has no preapproval for dresses—but floor-length ones are required at prom. Earlier this month, a student was barred from entering the prom because her dress was asymmetrical, showing the lower part of one leg beneath the knee.
A three-person committee?? Seriously? While many students are protesting this type of setup, this sort of sexist dress code enforcement is all too common nowadays, and is nothing if not pervasive.
As if being a teenage girl weren’t uncomfortable and awkward enough.