local Republican district office in Minnesota was swamped with complaints this week after posting what critics called a "sexist" web video suggesting that Republican women are hot, and Democrats are "dogs." The ad contrasts appealing photos of Republican women, including Sarah Palin and former Miss California Carrie Prejean, with unflattering or digitally altered pictures of Democrats, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The soundtrack for GOP women is Tom Jones' "She's a Lady," while for the Democrats it is The Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out." Politicians from both parties called the ad "juvenile" and offensive, and the local Republican officials quickly pulled it down. But the people behind the video maintain critics are overreacting. "It wasn't intended to be fair," says local GOP webmaster Randy Brown. "It was intended to be funny." The trouble is, it wasn't, says Nicole Allen at The Atlantic. It was "an act of shockingly retro, sexist stupidity" — this is possibly "the most sexist ad" in political history. All this outrage just confirms that liberals can't take a joke, says John Ray at the British blog Political Correctness Watch. Watch the video here:
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