Male commentators tell Hillary to “smile” and say she looks “mad”
Hillary Clinton had some amazing victories in the primaries last night. She swept four states and led in a fifth. But but a bunch of male pundits were too busy telling her she needed to smile more to actually congratulate her.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough led the charge:
Smile. You just had a big night. #PrimaryDay
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 16, 2016
Yup. You can have First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State on your resume and be a candidate for President of The United States, but you will still never escape the need that men have to tell you to smile. Men everywhere: can you please stop doing this? Please? What will it take? Women everywhere are literally begging you to stop. STAAAAHHHHPPPP.
Hillary having a big night in the primaries. So she’s shouting angrily in her victory speech. Supporters loving it. What’s she mad at? — Brit Hume (@brithume) March 16, 2016
She’s mad according to all of these male commentators. Not passionate or invigorated by her wins — just angry. Bernie Sanders has not stopped yelling this entire election season, usually accompanied by maniacal hand-waving, but no one has ever accused him of being “angry.” He’s eccentric. He’s fed-up. Donald Trump froths at the mouth every time he gets behind a podium.
Hillary shouting her speech. She has the floor; a more conversational tone might be better for connecting with folks at home
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) March 16, 2016
Thanks for policing a woman’s tone, Howard. That never gets old. I’m sure Hillary is taking these notes. So helpful. The women of Twitter stepped up, and the response to this bullshit, sexist, tone-and-facial-expression-policing was awesome:
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 16, 2016
Here are some of the things Hillary was addressing in her speech: young Americans struggling under the weight of student debt, grandparents worried about retirement, families worried about the rising cost of childcare, and women struggling for equal pay…