Target: TV Personality Pat Robertson
Goal: Apologize for sexist comments made about women on The 700 Club
Recently, TV personality Pat Robertson offered some controversial advice to a boy who wrote in to Maxim about his parents. The teenager felt his father was not paying enough attention to his mother. However, Robertson’s ‘advice’ placed the blame on the teen’s mother by suggesting she might not be ‘sweet’ enough to her husband. Robertson then went on to blame women who are unattractive for failing marriages. The advice he gave the teenage boy is a sexist idea that should not have been given.
The boy asked for advice on helping his father pay more attention to his mother. Robertson said in reply, ‘You know, it may be your mom isn’t as sweet as you think she is, she may be kind of hard-nosed. And so, you say it’s my father, he’s not paying attention to mom, but you know mom…’ Robertson continued with anecdotes of other marriages he’s ‘helped’ by blaming the woman in the relationship. He claimed that often, a woman’s unattractiveness is the cause of any problems by making her husband feel like he is not ‘still a man.’ With these comments, Robertson furthers the sexist idea that a woman’s attitude and appearance are justifiable reasons for treating her poorly.
Robertson has a history of offensive comments on his show. However, these comments have drawn particular criticism because they were framed as advice. Women should not be told relationship problems are their fault for their attitude, nor should teenagers be told to blame their mothers for not being attractive enough. Robertson must apologize for giving these extremely sexist and misogynistic ideas as advice.
Dear Mr. Robertson:
Recently, you gave advice on your TV show to a teenage boy who had wrote to Maxim. The teen had asked for advice on helping his father pay attention to his mother. Your response was to tell the teen to blame his mother for being ‘hard-nosed’. You also claimed marriages may be in trouble if the woman is unattractive. These comments are misogynistic and should not have been given as advice.
I ask you to apologize for the sexist comments. Women are not to blame for every relationship issue. The idea that problems may have stemmed from a woman’s physical appearance is extremely misogynistic. This idea should not be given as advice to teenagers or women. Apologize for giving this sexist advice.
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