It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
1. Jason Chaffetz
This Republican congressman attempted to defend the Republican’s new healthcare plan earlier this week by appearing for an interview on CNN. However, this personified cartoon rat had the nerve to say that lower-income Americans will need to adjust to the new healthcare plan by making some personal sacrifices.
“Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said, “So maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”
Basically: Chaffetz suggested that the reason people couldn’t afford a hospital stay (which costs roughly $10,000) was because they were busy buying new iPhones (which cost around $700). I’m really not sure that somebody who’s this bad at math should be serving the country in any official capacity. Not to mention the fact that Chaffetz’s statement implies that poor people literally brought their poverty unto themselves.
“Hell naw,” indeed.
2. These Marines
In what was arguably one of the most egregiously horrendous news stories of the week, hundreds of Marines are being investigated for illegally sharing countless naked photographs of female service members and veterans on the private Facebook group, “Marines United.”
Apparently, the men in question would share the nude photos without the consent, authorization, or even knowledge of the women, and then make lewd comments about them in the Facebook comments.
Although many Marines and military higher-ups have denounced this regrettable activity, the fact remains that the investigation into the men who posted and obtained these photos is still ongoing.
So, please, tell me again how sexism in the workplace isn’t a “thing.”
3. Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan is terrible every week, but occasionally he manages to tear his attention away from Madonna’s cleavage long enough to do something that truly raises the bar for obnoxiousness.
It all started when Morgan sent out a tweet which was clearly an attempt to be snarky about what he perceives to be an overly-PC culture.
When a writer for the NBC show Parks and Recreation dared to suggest that Morgan’s wordplay was abysmal (like most of MailOnline), Morgan decided to insult Parks and Recreation itself.
Um, assuming people like you more than Leslie Knope is a grave miscalculation on your part, Piers. Just look at the ratings:
Seems pretty clear where the public stands on the matter.
Unfortunately, Piers Morgan is a demon, and no amount of public humiliation will ever make him go away.
4. All The People Who Asked “When Is International Men’s Day?” On International Women’s Day
Wednesday was International Women’s Day. Some dudes (as per usual) were upset about it, and decided to bring up the fact that there isn’t an International Men’s Day.
There is. It’s on November 19.
Men who feel the need to bring this up repeatedly are douchebags. End of story.
5. Whoever Invented These Movie Theatre Jungle Gyms
Several Cinepolis movie theaters in Southern California are introducing “kid friendly” auditoriums, which have been outfitted with jungle gyms, so that kids can play during the movie under the watchful eye of their parents.
The only problem with this is EVERYTHING.
It’s already excruciating enough to endure a movie while sitting in a theater full of children (which, if you have any interest in animated films, is bound to happen sooner or later). Why add to the nightmare by encouraging kids to run around and continually NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE MOVIE?
For that matter, if your kid wants to play on a jungle gym, take them to a freaking playground. Don’t bring them to the movies if they have the attention span of a gnat and cannot be counted upon to just shut up and pay attention to the ENORMOUS SCREEN IN FRONT OF THEM.