Sen. Ted Cruz was, predictably, not amused by Sunday's True Blood episode, in which several Republicans are massacred at a Ted Cruz gala at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. After several right-leaning sites argued that the term "Republic*nt" amounted to an attack on women, Cruz wrote on Tuesday that he was surprised to be mentioned on a "misogynistic" show. Then he made a joke about voter fraud.
Then again, I guess I never had a chance w/ the vampire vote since the dead tend to vote overwhelmingly for Dems: https://t.co/U6uCqsRpuS— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 22, 2014
For those of you who don't watch the campy HBO vampire drama (or stopped watching when werepanthers became a thing), the offending scenes take place at the presidential library. While walking into the gala, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) takes in the scene and says, "of all the horrible things I've seen in the last hundred years, this could be the most disturbing." Later she complains that she's turned into a "Republic*nt." Then a bunch of people get killed.
Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a “Ted Cruz fundraiser.”
Well, I’m sorry to have lost the vampire vote, but am astonished (and amused) that HBO is suggesting that hard-core leftists are blood-sucking fiends….
A little while late he tweeted "I guess I never had a chance w/ the vampire vote since the dead tend to vote overwhelmingly for Dems." Get it — dead people voting is voter fraud. HBO didn't immediately return a request for comment.
Cruz's counterparts on the far right were less amused. Breitbart noted Pam's character "offensively referring to conservative woman in eveningware as 'republic**ts,'" and Newsbusters noted that this was further proof of the liberal war on women: "The Democrat party is the pro-woman party right? Well on Sunday night’s episode of HBO's True Blood, the left-leaning characters inadvertently reveal their hateful attitudes towards women, all the while mocking conservatives."
We'd argue that calling someone a "c*nt" is definitely misogynistic, but also note that Pam's character is a mean, spiteful, murderous vampire who hates most people and uses the word often. It's the special version of the word created for conservatives that's now offensive.
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