Conservatives may be familiar with gutsy GBTV personality S. E. Cupp. Cupp, who frequently appears on Fox News and various media outlets is a strong, fiery conservative who minces no words about her opinions, and doesn’t apologize for them either.
Because of this, she’s been the subject of personal attack before, although none quite as reprehensible as Hustler magazine’s recent decision to doctor an image of Ms. Cupp. Under the heading “What Would S. E. Cupp Look Like With a D*ck in Her Mouth?”, Hustler published a ‘composite fantasy picture’ of Ms. Cupp with genitalia in her mouth as an indictment of her pro-life stance, apparently justifying this sick attack with a disclaimer saying the image is altered and ‘should not be taken seriously’.
A redacted image of the photo, taken from The Blaze:
The caption attached to the photo reads:
“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 program, 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.”
Where is the National Organization of Women? Recently, they sponsored a boycott of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program because of his comments about Sandra Fluke. Yet, the virtual rape of a woman is somehow not their concern? The About section of NOW’s website states that, among other things, NOW focuses on representation of women in the media. Surely then, this despicable media attack of S. E. Cupp is in the realm of NOW’s concern. Or could it be that, because Ms. Cupp is a conservative, NOW somehow does not deem her worthy of defense?
Hustler has every right to publically disagree with Ms. Cupp’s conservatism and pro-life stance, but that right is not extended to character defamation or actual malice. Given the nature of the photo, and the commentary alongside, the malice behind Hustler’s image is hard to miss. Hustler refers to Ms. Cupp as ‘a member of the dark side’- read conservative. They call her support of life ‘a dumb idea’. And the doctored image they suggest is Ms. Cupp’s idea of preventing unwanted pregnancy. This is much more than disagreeing with Ms. Cupp’s opinion. Disagreeing with her pro-life stance is the paragraph accompanying the photo, which snidely mocks her conservatism. Malice is the phallic image, doctored to portray her in a manner she neither acted in or agreed to be portrayed in. S. E. Cupp may be a public figure, and open to public comment, but that status does not mean her rights vanish. This is not a joke, as Hustler suggests. This is sick and perverted.
This brutal attack on a conservative woman once again shows where the true war on women stems from. Not the right wing media, but the left wing media, which for all it claims to see women as more than mere sexual receptacles, can apparently only respond to arguments they disagree with by name calling and creating images which portray women as receptacles. Women everywhere should be outraged, and not just at Hustle for portraying Ms. Cupp in this light. Women should be outraged that the National Organization of Women puts party politics above the rights of people it claims to represents. If NOW had any scruples, they would be defending Ms. Cupp’s rights to speak her mind instead of remaining silent in this disgusting attack on a strong woman.