Stewart to Michigan: Vaginas not like Voldemort or Beetlejuice

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:36 EDT
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Jon Stewart on Michigan and vaginas
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Monday night on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart discussed the controversy raging in the Michigan state house wherein Democratic legislator Rep. Lisa Brown (W. Bloomfield) was barred from speaking on the house floor because she used the word “vagina” to underscore a point in a debate about Michigan’s draconian new anti-abortion law.

“Finally, Mr. Speaker,” Brown said, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”

Stewart congratulated Brown on the “vagina zinger” — which he said is his favorite flavor of Celestial Seasonings tea — and took note of the special fear that Republican men seem to have of the v-word.

“‘Ey,” he said in his best New York Cabbie voice, “Can you believe this lady bringing up vaginas in an abortion debate?”

Then he asked, “What are they worried about? Vaginas aren’t like Voldemort or Beetlejuice. Invoking the name ‘vagina’ doesn’t make them suddenly appear. Believe me, if it did, then high school would have been very different for me.”

Watch the clip, which aired Monday, June 18 and is embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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