Franken, Sleeping Beauty and Other Leftovers
With all the family, food and football going on Thursday, and the Zen-like focus on Black Friday, a few stories may have missed your attention.
So sit back and take in some of our leftovers.
Franken the Hugger
On Wednesday, two more woman came forward claiming Sen. Al Franken touched them inappropriately during his 2008 Senate run. One says he groped her rear end. The other, according to the Huffington Post says he “cupped her butt with his hand” and “suggested they go to the bathroom together.”
“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations,” the statement said. “I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.”
Franken categorically denied inviting the woman to the bathroom, and says he feels terrible he “made some women feel badly.”
“Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that,” Franken said, “I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations.” Simple question: Is grasping a female’s booty a “hug”? An “embrace”? A “greeting?”
No. Meaning Franken’s “apology” for making “some women feel badly” as empty and worthless as a post-Thanksgiving turkey carcass. Worse even. At least with the turkey carcass you can make a broth.
Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Predator
A mother in England is insisting her six-year-old’s school ban Sleeping Beauty. The reason? Sleeping Beauty did not give her consent to be kissed. Yes, it is better for her to have been left in a coma for all of eternity than to be rescued from a curse by true love’s kiss.
According to Sarah Hall, the classic fairy tale sends an “inappropriate sexual message” to young children. “In today’s society, it isn’t appropriate — my son is only six, he absorbs everything he sees, and it isn’t as if I can turn it into a constructive conversation.”
So other kids have to miss out on a story that has enchanted children for centuries because one political correct mom is unable to craft a constructive conversation out of the experience. Sounds like she’d be taking all the fun out of anyway. In fact, she’d freak the kid out. “Wait a second,” her clever little son may think, “If I’m unconscious Mommy’s not going to kiss and make it better because she didn’t get to ask me first?!”
Somewhere on Hall’s bookshelf is another classic, How to Turn Your Kid Neurotic and Hated by His Classmates. Talk about your “Grim” Fairy Tale.
Eminem “Extremely Angry” That President Didn’t Respond to His Anti-Trump Rap
Rapper Eminem is “extremely angry” at President Trump. That’s no surprise. What is a surprise is his reason. The rapper’s feelings are hurt that Trump hasn’t responded to his four-minute anti-Trump freestyle rap at the BET Hip Hop awards in October.
“I was and I still am extremely angry,” Eminem told Sirius/XM’s “The Storm,” “I feel like he’s not paying attention to me. I was kind of waiting for him to say something and for some reason, he didn’t say anything.”
Sounds like a kid upset that Daddy’s spending too much time at work.
Perhaps Trump’s silence is a statement. He doesn’t think your worth a tweet. Or maybe he’s too busy being the leader of the free world to come out and play.
Or perhaps he’s hoping you will take the time to reflect on how narcissistic and needy you’re sounding.
Maybe you need a hug. A big hug. I hear Al Franken is available.