Pro-PP Comedy Show Sparks Protester Showdown

According to the Detroit Free Press, the kick-off performance of “Daily Show” creator Lizz Winstead’s Planned Parenthood benefit tour turned into a showdown outside the Pontiac, Michigan, venue. The participants? Pro-life protesters and anti-life PP supporters ranting about “women’s health.”

First of all, between Ms. Winstead doing stand-up about her abortion to benefit PP and affiliates, and Jon Stewart yelling at Chris Wallace that FOX News viewers are “consistently misinformed,” I hope we can go a little bit further toward putting to rest the “just comedy” myth about “The Daily Show.” It’s comedy, sure, and it’s often very funny and intelligent comedy. It is also, however, comedy with a viewpoint, that is to say, the viewpoint of its creators, writers, and on-air personalities. The show has even come over quite critical of the U.S. House’s valiant attempt to defund PP.

I know nothing about Ms. Winstead other than that she had an abortion and wants everyone to know how totally cool she is with it. I have, however, checked out the tour blog, in which she boasts about great ticket sales in “Boehner country.” (John Boehner is our very vocally pro-life U.S. Speaker of the House.)

“Do you stand with Planned Parenthood?” her blog asks. “If so, you’re in good company.” What follows is a video showing several quasi-famous women, including Sarah Silverman, intoning that they stand with PP. “Families take planning… I should know: I’m a lesbian with two sons, and that took a lot of planning,” quips comedian Judy Gold. Actress Kathryn Erbe, star of the “Law & Order” nobody watches, also chimes in somewhat ineffectually, in a blurry video in which she reads haltingly from a written statement.

Well-known comedian and SNL star Amy Poehler also began stumping for Planned Parenthood recently. A Google search for “Amy Poehler Planned Parenthood” gets 896,000 results, which is pretty good, although significantly less than the 18.3 million results in a search for “Sarah Palin hate.”

It can be discouraging to look around at the culture and find that so many of the people touted as smart, cool, and funny are also anti-life. Meanwhile, we pro-lifers are routinely sneered at as backwards, uncool, moronic, intolerant…  And those are just taken from the subject lines in my email inbox.

You and I know pro-lifers can be — and usually are — intelligent, witty, interesting, culturally savvy individuals. It’s time we let the rest of the world know it, too.

If you’re not already, start using Twitter and Facebook to influence the culture. Post comments on pages like Lizz Winstead’s tour blog. Let the media elite in New York and Hollywood know there is another America out there made up of all different kinds of people, many of whom are not impressed with Planned Parenthood’s genocidal agenda.

Let’s make it our business to let the world know that you don’t have to be cool with killing babies to be cool.

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Kristen Walker is Vice President of New Wave Feminists. She tweets as @walkertxkristen and rants about various things on her personal blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689125810 David Nisbet

    ‘Cos murder’s not just profitable, it’s FUNNY!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler are pro-choice? I guess if the cool kids think abortion is okay it must be okay! *sarcasm*

  • Barbara Smith

    Whoever is against Planned Parenthood should just go crawl into a cave. This is 2011 not 1930.  

    • S.O.P.

      You obviously don’t understand how ironic your statement is:  if only you knew why PP was really started..you would think you were back in 1930.  Be enlightened and recognize that murder of a human being at any stage of development is not cool.

    • Morghan

      Even people who are for abortion are against Planned Parenthood. Such a blatantly abusive group that shows no regard for either the law or the health of their patients leaves me wondering how anyone can support them who isn’t just following the crowd.

    • guest

      Killing babies was killing in 1930, AND IT STILL IS TODAY IN 2011!  Planned Parenthood was built on Margaret Sanger’s lies, the first one and the most blatant is that when abortion is legal there will be no unwanted children:  WELL, 55 MILLION DEAD BABIES LATER, THERE ARE STILL UNWANTED CHILDREN.

      But we are winning this battle, Americans are starting to understand, because of the pictures more than anything else, that the babies get ripped apart during an abortion, AND THAT IS MURDER, and try as the libs/lefties/feminists might, with all of their ‘product of conception,’ ‘blob of tissue,’ and other euphemistic nonsense, to justify, Americans know that it is murder and there is no justification, NONE.

      • Anonymous

        Could you please provide evidence of Sanger advocating the use of abortion?

        • Anonymous

          “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant
          members is to kill it.”

          Margaret Sanger. The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in
          Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

          Furthermore, every time she mentions abortion as being a crime, she puts the word crime in quotation marks.

          Her “opposition” to abortion in her writings comes off as being more
          “personally opposed” than actually being opposed to abortion. Some people say that while she did write as being opposed to abortion,  she said quite the opposite behind closed doors.

          • Briana Shackley

            There is also a biography that states that she had several abortions herself going to Europe to attain them. This however is not in her Planned Parenthood biography which was edited from 200 + pages to less than 60. The abortion lobby will say that Margaret Sanger was not originally for abortion – but really that is neither here nor there since they do them now anyways.

    • guest

      Killing babies was killing in 1930, AND IT STILL IS TODAY IN 2011!  Planned Parenthood was built on Margaret Sanger’s lies, the first one and the most blatant is that when abortion is legal there will be no unwanted children:  WELL, 55 MILLION DEAD BABIES LATER, THERE ARE STILL UNWANTED CHILDREN.

      But we are winning this battle, Americans are starting to understand, because of the pictures more than anything else, that the babies get ripped apart during an abortion, AND THAT IS MURDER, and try as the libs/lefties/feminists might, with all of their ‘product of conception,’ ‘blob of tissue,’ and other euphemistic nonsense, to justify, Americans know that it is murder and there is no justification, NONE.

    • anon

      finally someone sane

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniela-Calvano/100000889987914 Daniela Calvano

    Will those women still laugh when, one day, they will meet their little ones and will have to answer their “why”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.l.forbes Christine Lester Forbes

    Did you notice in her video from Pontiac at the 1:10 mark she starts bragging about how the show was sold out – to 400 people? Reminds me of the March for Life and it’s 100s of thousands.

  • ksfrench79

    If killing unborn babies is cool, I’d prefer to be as uncool as possible, thank you!!  I like being sneered at, and hated… it’s a compliment and a testament to how true and moral you are as an individual.  Love the article, thought I shouldn’t be surprised at some of these disgusting people.

  • JB

    The pro-choice crowd needs comedians on their side.  They need to make jokes to ridicule the other side.  They know they can’t defeat pro-lifers with the facts or with truth so they make jokes instead.  When you can’t win an argument the best you can do is try to belittle them by making jokes.  Comedy is a useful thing, it gives people esteem that their view is right, even when it isn’t.

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