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Thursday, June 12, 2024
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I don’t care what one’s partisan predispositions are, referring to the wife of a major party’s presumptive nominee as a “baby mama” is disrespectful and inappropriate:

For those unfamiliar, “baby mama” is slang for a single mother . From a Slate piece:

The Oxford English Dictionary defines baby-daddy as “the father of a woman’s child, who is not her husband or (in most cases) her current or exclusive partner.” The baby-mama entry follows the same template with the genders reversed.

Further, because the term (according to the article, and something I was vaguely aware of) has hip hop and R&B origins, there is a certain racial implication here as well. Indeed, to refer to a black woman as a someone’s “baby mama” (it seems to me) connotes the idea of single, inner city mother with multiple children from likely multiple fathers.

As I said: disrespectful and inappropriate.

Here’s the actual video (via Salon):

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    1. It’s Fox. Enough said.

      (OOOH!! Dr. Taylor has installed Ajax Edit Comments. Yippeeee!)

      Comment by MSS — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 11:39 am

    2. I don’t think anything said on Fox News surprises me anymore. They are obviously more concerned with causing controversy to get ratings than fairly reporting on the facts. The way they have treated the Obamas throughout the race has been shameful.

      Comment by Brett — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 12:18 pm

    3. I can see why you and the other commenters are upset. This ranks right up there with calling random female reporters sweetheart….

      On the other hand, could Fox be deliberately doing this in response to Obama’s sweetheart habit?

      Comment by Quixote — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 12:35 pm

    4. Quixote,

      Is it really that much to ask for a major new outlet to show a little class?

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 12:51 pm

    5. Is it really that much to ask for a major party candidate to show a little class? Or do you have higher expectations for the media than you do for a presidential candidate?

      I’m defending neither Fox nor Obama. I just find it amusing that people are making a big deal over the one even though they never even brought up the other. If you did cover Obama’s crassness in the past, my apologies. However, I just searched your site for “sweetheart” and did not find a reference to Obama.

      Comment by Quixote — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 1:54 pm

    6. I think you are creating a false dichotomy here–i.e., that my only options are to decry both or neither.

      Really, I am never a big fan of “yeah, well look what he did” as a defense of a specific action. Surely the “sweetheart” deployment neither adds nor subtracts from the “baby mama” usage. Indeed, this is the kind of argument my kids use all the time to try and obviate their own guilt in a situation (”but, Dad, brother did the following…”).

      And while I don’t think it matters, I personally find the “baby mama” usage more problematic than the “sweetheart” one, especially after the “terrorist first jab” business. My lack of blogging on the sweetheart reference is simply because I didn’t have anything to say about it. Regardless, I don’t see the two terms as equivalent.

      I would not that I am not in high dudgeon over “baby mama” (indeed, I think my post is fairly even keeled). I simply consider it inappropriate and unnecessarily disrespectful.

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 2:47 pm

    7. We get 5 months of this.


      We’re just getting started. I can’t wait to see what is being said in 2, 3 months.

      It’s going to be awesome, in a crane-your-head-at-the-trainwreck kind of way.

      I can’t wait.

      Comment by Captain D — Thursday, June 12, 2024 @ 10:03 pm

    8. Must read on this: John Scalzi (hat tip to Phil Klinkner at PolySigh).

      Comment by MSS — Friday, June 13, 2024 @ 8:16 pm

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