Meghan McCain Returns Fire At Laura Ingraham
March 17, 2009 at 7:49 AM (PT)
Sen. JOHN MCCAIN's daughter MEGHAN MCCAIN responded to TALK RADIO NETWORK host LAURA INGRAHAM's barbs about her weight MONDAY in an appearance on ABC's "THE VIEW" and at THE DAILY BEAST website.
Last THURSDAY, INGRAHAM, criticized MEGHAN MCCAIN, who has become more active in political punditry in recent months, saying, "Do you think that anyone would be talking to you if you weren't kind of cute and you weren’t the daughter of JOHN MCCAIN?" Imitating MCCAIN, INGRAHAM imagined her saying, "Okay, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in 'THE REAL WORLD,' but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way."
On "THE VIEW," MCCAIN said, "The significant majority of my readers are young women. What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the REPUBLICAN PARTY and the answer is, 'She's fat, she shouldn't have an opinion.'" MCCAIN complained that "I'm a political writer on a blog and all of a sudden I'm too fat to write? There's no place for weight criticism of women in 2009 ... I couldn't possibly understand how any woman could criticize another woman's weight. I'm a pop-culture junkie and when TYRA BANKS went on her show in her bathing suit and said, 'Kiss my fat ass,' that's what I feel like right now. I'm like 'Kiss my fat ass!'"
And at the DAILY BEAST, MCCAIN wrote, "Unfortunately, even though INGRAHAM is more than 20 years older than I and has been a political pundit for longer, almost, than I have been alive, she responded in a form that was embarrassing to herself and to any woman listening to her radio program who was not a size 0.... The question remains: Why, after all this time and all the progress feminists have made, is weight still such an issue? And in LAURA's case, why in the world would a woman raise it? Today, taking shots at a woman’s weight has become one of the last frontiers in socially accepted prejudice."
MCCAIN also took aim at the news media reporting what INGRAHAM said as news, saying, "I don’t listen to LAURA's show, so if journalists hadn’t picked up on it and reported on it, I never would have known what she said. I wonder how LAURA would feel if at some point someone were to criticize her daughter’s weight and broadcast it nationally on the radio. At this point, I have more respect for ANN COULTER than I do for LAURA INGRAHAM because at least COULTER didn’t come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight. All I can do is try to be a positive role model for women of my generation and, I hope, help show that no matter what industry you are in, what size you are has nothing to do with your worth."