In yet another example of her support of the right wing's hypocritical culture of life, Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ABC's The View proposed this morning that child molesters should be put "in the ground." After a discussion about what kind of prison cell Michael Jackson might serve his time in if he is found guilty of child molestation, Hasselbeck callously decreed, "[Child molesters and sex offenders] shouldn't even have a cell...Get rid of them, exterminate them." Obviously this compassionless new mother is unaware that most child abusers have been abused themselves, and while this doesn't excuse such pitiable crimes against children, Hasselbeck's ignorance is indicative society's ongoing desire to cleanse itself of "damaged goods" rather than address or take responsibility for the massive psychological consequences of child abuse. Regardless of his guilt, Jackson is walking proof of this kind of damage, while Hasselbeck (who was recently named Jersey GOP's GOP Babe of the Week) is the product of a privileged, upper-class upbringing.
This blog entry was originally published on Slant Magazine on the date above.