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8 responses to “Answering hand-waving with hand-waving: Donnelly, rape, and Lady Gaga”

  1. Mindy

    In a day that has been filled with *headdesk* moments, this one really takes the cake. Graph is an absolute winner. Does anyone else wonder is rainbow parties are an urban myth? No because they actually read the links before commenting.

    I mean god forbid that any woman actually enjoys herself or something.

  2. Liam

    Ah, now Donnelly-watching is something of an insider sport, unfortunately, L. Welcome to the club!
    He’s an embarrassment, obviously, but if you’re after sheer juvenile entertainment, nobody cusses in Hansard the way Donnelly does. Honestly, it’s almost as if he’s doing his best to read the worst and dirtiest language into the Parliamentary record as he can.
    If you don’t mind a loss of appetite, this one’s a particularly evocative description of someone who’s spent a good while looking at a jeans ad, this one’s a lower point still, and this one’s for my money his personal worst.

  3. tigtog

    Liam, even Donnelly’s inaugural speech in Parliament is a thing of astounding jawdroppingness, what with all those dogwhistles. He didn’t swear in that one though, maybe because his parents were there.

  4. BG

    Tigtog that link leads back to this page not to Donnelly’s inaugural speech

  5. tigtog

    Oops, you’re quite right! I’ve fixed it now, but here it is again.

  6. skepticlawyer

    Comedy gold. Statistics, we has them.
    .-= skepticlawyer´s last blog ..Welcoming ceremony =-.

  7. tigtog

    Anyway, my favourite part of his little rant was where he asserted that a majority of the concert audience for Gaga was going to consist of prepubescent girls, a figure which appears to be entirely pulled out of his arse. Just because one mum paid for tickets and took her 9yo without checking out a single video that might have made her go “hm” doesn’t mean that most parents are going to do the same. Just how many people do you think pay for their 9yo kids to go to live concerts any time, let alone this time?

  8. QoT

    Somebody over on LJ made the point that Donnelly probably didn’t quite mean what he said when he was talking about young men asking for oral or anal sex.

    Personally, dude, I would love to live in a world where people felt comfortable about going to social gatherings and asking other people for sex. My God, they might even take no for an answer! [Obvious male-entitlement issues aside]

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