Michigan’s Attorney General and the Republican nominee to become his state’s governor says he doesn’t remember appearing in a 1989 video clip that resurfaced Thursday.
In the video, which apparently is an outtake from an interview in which a camerawoman or producer asks him to move closer to a lamp, Schuette responded saying, “I will do anything you want. Some things I may not let you run the camera on, but I will certainly happily.”
We obtained this footage of @SchuetteOnDuty, dated from 1989. It seems… interesting. Can anyone give us more information about this video and who the woman is behind the camera? #migov pic.twitter.com/1ErYoodZZV
— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) October 11, 2018
Schuette was 35 and a U.S. Congressman at the time he made his apparently misogynistic remarks.
“That apparently was my poor attempt to be humorous 30 years ago,” Schuette said in a statement to The Detroit Free Press.
“The video, which appears to be edited with only one short portion shown, has been in the public domain for some time. It’s fortunate for me that Cynthia came into my life and let me know that I am not a very funny guy, but this is no less embarrassing to me today and I regret it.”
His regret appears to be insufficient to some.
“A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood’s political action committee said the remarks, directed at a female TV camerawoman, are an example of the ‘creepy behavior’ working women have to put up with all the time,” the Detroit Free Press added.
Lori Carpentier, of the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan PAC, issued a statement Thursday that said: “Every day, women go to work and try to do their jobs while dealing with creepy behavior like this. It wasn’t funny then. It’s not funny now.”
Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, Schuette’s Democratic opponent, said she imagines “everyone who’s watched it had the same uncomfortable look on our faces.” She said it’s more troubling that Schuette has spent his political career “attacking the rights of women and working to take away our access to contraception and health care.”
Not only has Schuette been attacking the rights of women, he has been at the center of attempts to quash marriage equality for years.
As NCRM reported Thursday, this past July Schuette, in his official capacity as Attorney General, claimed Michigan’s civil rights laws do not ban anti-LGBT discrimination.
In 2015 Schuette had to be ordered by a federal court to legally recognize the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples which had been legally performed in the state, after having claimed they “never existed.” He previously had announced their marital rights were “suspended.”
And maybe even worse, one year earlier, Attorney General Schuette in a case against same-sex marriage put on the stand a witness who told the court gay people are going to hell.
John Oliver unleashes on news sites that sent out stupid push notifications
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver doesn't come back until Feb. 16, but he dropped a new web-exclusive video Sunday complaining to news agencies that they should stop sending out stupid push notifications on their apps.
Oliver told his audience that there are two major criteria when considering a push notification: 1. Is there something I should be doing differently?; and 2. Is this something I need to know now?
Things like declarations of war, earthquakes or acts of terrorism are all perfect examples of things news agencies should inform readers about quickly. But when CNN sent out a push notification about a 115,000 Neanderthal child that was only found "half-eaten" by a bird, Oliver was understandably frustrated.
Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report
The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.
It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.
"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.
"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.
Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo
Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.
Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.
In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.
But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."