A comedian who writes for Sports Illustrated and is featured on ESPN and other media outlets has joked about pushing a pregnant woman down a flight of stairs in a video he published about abortion protesters.
Steve Hofstetter writes a weekly humor column on SportsIllustrated.com, blogs funny for NHL.com and contributes to “Maxim” and “ESPN Magazine.” Steve’s “Sports Minute (Or So)” is syndicated on 194 radio stations nationwide, and he’s a frequent guest on ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News Radio.
So…when he uploaded this video on abortion humor it was rather shocking.
In the vid called, The War on Abortion Protesters, Steve describes his interaction with “abortion protesters” in line at an Office Depot, “Now, I know that because they brought it up. In a line- at an Office Depot. Like it was a normal piece of conversation,” he tells the audience.
The protesters told him they were late to their abortion protest. Steve’s response is definitely funny – but- I think as the gig continues – he crosses the line.
“These guys were jerks,” he continues,”Not because I disagree with their politics. You can disagree with someone it doesn’t make them a bad person“, the comedian says seriously.
“They were jerks because they were [expletive] the line was taking to long,” he explains, “These guys are jawing my ear off as if I could do something about it.”
“We’re late to our abortion protest“, he mocks.
“After five minutes of this finally I turned to them, and I said, I bet if you guys had supported abortion, this line could have been shorter,” Steve continues.
The audience then laughs.
Well…okay….I get it…it’s humor, right? But…wait….
Steve then explains that, “I told that story in Hayes, Kansas. I’d had better luck performing an actual abortion on stage.”
“Was taking a volunteer from the crowd. Does anyone have any pregnant women? Now whose got a flight of stairs?”
That weird moment when you can’t believe what just came out of your mouth and neither can your audience:
“Oh, come on, I’m not a doctor,” he says.
Bingo – there it is a typical pro-choice male or shall I say Bro-choice response to abortion. Pushing a pregnant woman down a flight of stairs is NOTHING and may I emphasis NOTHING to joke about. But- hey- if you think joking about ending the life of a baby is funny – there isn’t much of a stretch when you dehumanize the child’s mother either.
Perhaps this is all in fun and I am overreacting. I will leave it to those commenting here to debate that. But, the truth is, abortion kills millions of innocent children. Also true is that women are commonly coerced into abortions and are attacked for refusing to have abortions by the men who want OUT of their responsibility to be a father.
A report published a few years ago by Life Dynamics, in Denton, Texas proved this over and over again with horrific examples.
“Over the years, we have collected data on a large volume of these cases, the bulk of which are non- fatal assaults. Although the victims of these attacks often suffer horrifying and crippling physical injuries, we chose to concentrate solely on instances in which the victim died,” the group writes in the study, “In almost every incident in which women are told that they will be physically harmed unless they abort, they are going to comply, never tell anyone and, thus, fade into anonymity. For those who resist and end up on a stretcher or an autopsy table, they can expect to have their experiences hidden under a thick blanket of media deception.From these realities, the inescapable conclusion is that the case studies in this document can represent no more than the tiniest tip of an enormous iceberg,” the Under-the-Radar Violence in the Conflict Over Abortion, report reads.
With all the ramblings about the War on Women and calling for NFL players who abuse women to be fired one would think that joking about assaulting a pregnant women as a do-it-yourself abortion method would be frowned upon. One would think anyway!