Monday, June 16, 2008

Fox's Latest Offense

You'd think news outlets would know the meanings of words used in headlines and broadcasts; and avoid using blatantly offensive phrases. Not so for Fox News, which blazed the headline "Outraged Liberals: Stop Picking on Obama's Baby Mama!" (screen grab above) under clips of Michelle Obama during a news segment about the right's "alleged" attacking of Barack Obama's wife.

Had anyone bothered to look up "baby mama" in an urban dictionary, the following definitions may have provided some pause:
  • The mother of a man's child when the parents are not married
  • The mother of one's child. The connotation is that mother and father do not and never did have any relationship beyond being sex partners. Contrast: ex-wife, ex-girlfriend.
  • The mother of your child(ren), whom you did not marry and with whom you are not currently involved.
  • A term used to define an unmarried young woman (but can be a woman of any age) who has had a child. As mentioned before in another definition, most of the time it is used for when it was simply a sexual relationship, compared to ex-wife or girlfriend. Usually this has a negative connotation, a lot of baby mamas are seen as desperate, gold digging, emotionally starved, shady women who had a baby out of spite or to keep a man. Sometimes they may act like this because of missed child support payments, unfulfilled promises by the father, or convenient sex by the father.
Just keeps getting better and better, no? Fasten your seatbelts, America: This political season is only going to get classier.

[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]

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