I’m sure you all are aware of the recent attack on S.E. Cupp by Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine. Hustler doctored a false image of her performing a sexual act. It was disturbing, disgusting, and something that I can’t even imagine someone considering acceptable. Then again, I don’t consider Hustler acceptable “literature.” More details on the attack can be found here.
Wednesday morning, S.E. gave her first comments on the disgusting attack on Glenn Beck’s radio show:
There are two ways of looking at this – some suggest that a full out attack on Hustler for their disgusting behavior is warranted – we have to call out our enemies on their double standard. Plus, this is an image that will never go away now. One day S.E. will have kids, and if they do a Google search on their mom, undoubtedly this image will be there – and the disclaimer will be nowhere to be seen.
Another line of thinking is to ignore Hustler altogether, and take the “high road” as it were, as attacking Hustler only serves to give them publicity and keep them in the news cycle, giving them the media play they so desire.
While I think this type of attack on a woman is wrong, because of the implications involved, I also know S.E. would not want to be played as a victim. She would, and has, shifted the discussion to the bigger issue of “why.” Why was she targeted for this attack? It’s not because of anything she did. In fact, Hustler was very open and honest about the reason they went after her.
Here is what Hustler had to say about S.E.:
“S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator, who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.”
Quite frankly, a comment this honest almost makes them more credible than the mainstream media in terms of reporting their motives. Many unlikely figures from the Left have come out to support S.E. Cupp, noting that this is not a political issue. While, I actually think it is partially (just look at the reason given for the attack), standing up for someone that has been wronged is in no way, shape, or form a political issue. It’s simply the right thing to do.
Unless, of course, you’re N.O.W. who still has a campaign against Rush posted on their website for the use of the word ‘slut,’ but have still refused to comment on this issue.
After Flynt’s cowardly response yesterday, “That’s satire. I’m able to publish this because of the Supreme Court case I won in 1984, Flynt v. Falwell,” S.E. was invited on The View this morning (a show that isn’t exactly a safe zone for conservatives.) They were extremely supportive and sincere in their support.
I’m curious as to everyone’s thoughts on this issue. How should conservatives respond to this type of attack? I’ve never been a big fight fire with fire person; I’d rather put the fire out, and find a more clever (and not disgusting way) to win the war. S.E. Cupp didn’t get an ivy league education or work to get in the position she is now to be the center of discussion or distract from the issues. How do you think conservatives can fight back without distracting from the things that will win the war, not just one battle? Discuss your thoughts below – what should conservatives do? Give us your thoughts in the comment section.