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War On Women? Senator Who Thinks Rape Is Funny Speaks At Dem Convention

- July 25, 2016

Al Franken Has A Long History Of Making Offensive, Off-Color Jokes Denigrating Women

In 1995 Franken Was Quoted By New York Magazine Making A Joke About Raping "60 Minutes" Co-Host Lesley Stahl. "In 1995, New York Magazine sat in on a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch writing session with Al Franken, Norm MacDonald, and Jim Downey as they riffed on '60 Minutes'--and rape. Republicans dredged up the session again in 2008, during Franken's extended bid for a Minnesota Senate seat (still pending). From an Associated Press story: Franken and fellow writers Norm MacDonald and Jim Downey kick around fictional Rooney responses to the discovery of the bottle. . . . The article quotes Franken putting an edgy twist on the discussion: 'And 'I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley's passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.' Or 'That's why you never see Lesley until February.' Or, 'When she passes out I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.''" (Amanda Hess, "Five Rape Jokes Not To Tell (If You Want A Future)," Washington City Paper , 6/3/09)

  • Franken: "'I Give The Pills To Lesley Stahl. Then When Lesley's Passed Out, I Take Her To The Closet And Rape Her." (Amanda Hess, "Five Rape Jokes Not To Tell (If You Want A Future)," Washington City Paper , 6/3/09)

In 2000 Franken Penned A Column For Playboy Where He "Wrote About Visiting A Made-Up Sex Institute Where He Takes Part In Sexual Acts With Humans And Machines." "Eight years ago, Franken penned a column for Playboy called 'Porn-O-Rama!' in which the former Saturday Night Live comedian wrote about visiting a made-up sex institute where he takes part in sexual acts with humans and machines." (Matthew Jaffe,, "GOP Targets Al Franken's Playboy Column," ABC News, 5/23/08)

  • "Franken Fantasized About Oral Sex Delivered By A Machine, As Well As Sex With Combinations Of Females Who Fit The Playboy View Of Women As Big-Breasted Automatons..." "In his Playboy romp, Franken fantasized about oral sex delivered by a machine, as well as sex with combinations of females who fit the Playboy view of women as big-breasted automatons, panting at the prospect of servicing the likes of Franken." (Katherine Kersten, "Franken's Porn-O-Rama Is No Satire," Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/4/08)

In 2006 Franken Impersonated Strom Thurmond, Saying "Yeah, I Screwed A Woman Who Was Vomiting Once." "In 2006, after a long monologue about a dog and its vomit, Franken impersonated the deceased Sen. Strom Thurmond as saying: 'Yeah, I screwed a woman who was vomiting once.'" (Michael Gerson, "Vulgarian At The Gate," The Washington Post, 6/18/08)

Franken In 1999: "Why Don't We Focus On What Afghan Women Can Do? They Can Cook, Bear Children And Pray. As I Recall, That Was Fine For Our Grandmothers." "At an event hosted by the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1999, Franken offered this thigh-slapper: 'Why don't we focus on what Afghan women can do? They can cook, bear children and pray. As I recall, that was fine for our grandmothers.'" (Michael Gerson, "Vulgarian At The Gate," The Washington Post, 6/18/08)


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