Now, I’m all about the street-slang. Ya know? Word. And I guess I take Shuster’s question to ask whether the former first-daughter was promoted or featured too prominently by her mother and the Clinton campaign. Featured in a way that maybe you, as a parent, would not otherwise be inclined to to do, unless your name was, say, Lynn Spears or Joe Simpson.
To his credit, Bill Press advised that the world give Chelsea a break. He’s right, of course. Who else remembers the Wayne’s World Saturday Night Live skit back in ’92? The past 20 years can’t have been easy for the girl.
The Clinton campaign has, somewhat predictably given the trouble they’ve had with MSNBC, lashed out. Clinton is threatening to boycott the network, and cancel a scheduled debate with Obama (who should also issue a press release condemning the comment, btw).
But that brings us back to the term, “pimped out.” Just how offended should the Clinton Campaign be? Are they being serious about this, or is this all a way of sticking it to a network that has had no problem sticking it to Clinton?
After all, “pimped out” is more or less common vernacular now, isn’t it? Not according to EMILY’S List President, Ellen Malcom, who said the following:
I’m sending this letter today to let you know that the misogynistic pattern in the reporting by your network must come to an end. I know I speak for millions across this country when I demand that you take immediate steps and publicly tell us what you will do to eliminate this sexist and demeaning culture that has become so pervasive in your network.
Is “pimped out” sexist? I’m not so sure. MTV invites viewers to “pimp their ride.” According to the Urban Dictionary (urbandictionary.com), to be pimped out is “cool, awesome. Worthy of being a pimp or a pimpette.” Actually, if your scroll further down the page on that particular phrase, you get an even better definition:
“Funked up. Done up to be absolutely fan-f*cking-tastic”
Now, I don’t think that’s what Shuster meant. But that’s what he said. And so there it is, Clinton camp, and Emily’s List President, Ellen Malcom. We’re taking back “pimped out.” No longer shall it be sexist or mysoginistic.
From now on we shall take it to mean that she’s Chelsea Clinton, and she’s absolutely fan-f*cking-tastic.