No laughing matter
April 23, 2019

One of the women who has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriate touching is not remotely satisfied with his response.

Lucy Flores, the former Nevada assemblywoman who said in March that Biden made her feel uncomfortable by touching her shoulders and kissing her on the back of the head in 2014, told Fox News that Biden joking about the allegations was "so incredibly disrespectful."

Biden in a speech delivered amid the controversy made light of the allegations, jokingly pointing out twice that he had obtained permission to hug someone. This came after a video in which Biden promised to adjust his behavior and be more mindful of people's personal space.

Flores told Fox News that Biden's jokes "demonstrated that the words that he said — that he was going to take this very seriously, that he was going to listen and he was going to learn — to me, that indicated that he didn't mean that at all if literally the next day he was joking about it."

Biden, who is expected to announce his 2020 presidential campaign this week, has said he regrets making the women who have accused him of inappropriate conduct uncomfortable but has declined to directly apologize, saying in early April, "I'm sorry I didn't understand more" but "I'm not sorry for any of my intentions" and "I'm not sorry for anything that I have ever done." Brendan Morrow

January 28, 2016

To Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the impending possibility of a Donald Trump presidency is no laughing matter. So when the Democratic minority leader made a joke to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday that he's "kind of pulling for Trump" considering the other Republicans running, he took to the floor of Congress less than an hour later to retract it.

"I tried to be funny an hour ago," Reid said. "The danger a Donald Trump candidacy poses for our country is not a joke. Since he launched his bid for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has proven over and over again that he is a hateful demagogue who would do immeasurable damage to our country if elected."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opted for the alternative Reid probably wishes he'd chosen — to stay mum on the matter. When pressed with questions about Trump and the presidential race, McConnell simply said he wasn't going to go there. "There'd be no place to end the discussion." Becca Stanek

May 29, 2014

On the heels of airing a controversial skit that some said mocked campus rape, Glenn Beck is revealing a family history of rape and abuse. Saying he was tired of "being accused of standing with abusers," Beck noted that his father was repeatedly raped by different men — once while staying at a YMCA after running away from home, once by a man he caddied for, and once by a religious leader.

"My family is a shipwreck," he said tearfully. He continued:

"I have the sickness of self doubt. I have been passed generationally, the sickness — the effects, even if they are removed directly from you, you still feel the effects of what happened. And abuse was happening in my family, and I told my father... ten years ago that it would stop. Because it was now being passed to the grandchildren. He said it would. I said, 'It will dad, because if it doesn't, I will end it.' It was physical abuse, but it was not sexual abuse, at that time. My father never abused any of us sexually, that I know of. But my family has felt the ramifications of his abuse, and has felt the sexual abuse by others..." [YouTube]

Watch the full video below. --Matt K. Lewis

May 20, 2014

Celebrated comedian Louis C.K. was on a recent episode of NPR's Fresh Air to discuss the fourth season of his FX series, Louie, when talk turned to sex. More precisely, talk turned to the dangers of having it with strangers.

Talking about his character on the show, the comedian said, "I'm trying to beat something into his head... he gets confronted with the idea that if you're intimate with a total stranger, it's a reckless thing to do. Getting into bed with somebody, simply because you like their body — or because they came on to you — these always lead to bad choices."

"Almost every single time I've had sex with someone for the first time, I should have waited," the comedian confessed about his personal life. "Pretty much 100 percent of the time, I should have waited a little. It never hurts."

Since Louis C.K. is not exactly known as a culture warrior, Fresh Air host Terry Gross asked if this wasn't just a rehearsal for advice he plans to give his daughters when they are older. To that, he responded:

Well, I do think we should tell our kids when they start making these choices, tell them the real thing. Like, don't tell them hocus pocus, spooky stories. You know, someone's gonna kill you; Jesus is gonna' hate you if you do this. Tell them the truth, which is, you're gonna feel crappy if you do this. It's not worth it. Just wait. It's a very big deal to be naked in a room with... another person. That is so intimate. That's such a big deal. And when you don't treat it as a big deal, you get confronted with how big a deal it is, as a surprise, you know, when that urge is over that got you there.

This sounds like pretty practical, even conservative advice. Matt K. Lewis

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