Here’s a follow up to the kerfuffle over Shane Wikfors’s use of the term “bitch session” to refer to a meeting between a female Republican activist and a female reporter. And don’t worry, Shane, I’m giving you a wee bit of credit on this one.
Not that I am entirely buying Wikfors’s use of the phase as a mere colloquialism. Even if it was a slip, a person involved in public relations should understand the implications of the language that gets used.
I turn, instead, to one of Wikfors’s critics. Barbara Espinosa is a Republican activist in the Valley of the Yakes that has a podcast with former Republican Party chairman Randy Pullen. Espinosa posted a criticism of Wikfors, and Wikfors responded by calling out Espinosa for racism on her podcast.
In it Espinosa calls Barack Obama a monkey. I am not making this up. I am not over interpreting. She says it, and does so with great glee several times.
I can’t tell from the clip if Pullen is on the show. How does he feel about this?
Espinosa claims that the clip is out of context. Apparently a fan sent her a cartoon of Obama as a monkey, so she just repeated it throughout the show. That makes it all okay.
Oh, and here is her best dodge:
With a last name of Espinosa I’m anything but racist.
Yes, you’re right. Because you’re got a Spanish last name, it would be impossible for you to call a black man a monkey with any racist context. We are deeply sorry for even suggesting such a thing.