In case you haven’t heard, actor Jason Biggs is in hot water for some tweets made by him (and his wife.)
Biggs, best known for his role in the teen sex comedy franchise American Pie, recently received a role as the voice of Leo in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon … which is where most people are having an issue.
You see, Biggs posted some rude and lewd comments about the wives of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. (I won’t post the string of obnoxious tweets here, but you can see them in a really well-written post over on The Beehive Blog.)
Apparently, Nickelodeon linked Biggs’ Twitter auto feed into their account and then all hell broke loose about how Nick shouldn’t be doing business with Biggs.
Nickelodeon did release the following statement:
The offensive comments made by Jason Biggs last week on his personal twitter account do not reflect our company’s views or values, and we condemn them. Nickelodeon does not support or condone the use of graphic or vulgar language on any of our platforms.
It was our mistake to link from our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles twitter feed to Jason’s personal twitter account, and we quickly corrected our error. We also insisted Jason use better judgment and discretion in public communications while affiliated with our brand.
But that’s not my issue; my issue is bigger than Nick. As a mom who has a four year old, we watch a great deal of those kids’ channels. I don’t think it’s great that Nick has continued their association with Biggs; however, there seems to be a bigger problem that everyone is overlooking: Why are we allowing men (or anyone) to continue to demean women like this? Why is it ok for Biggs to broadcast what he wants to do to the anal cavity of another man’s wife? And even worse? Why is this hardly getting any news attention? (An excellent point from Queen Bee Kimberly on The Beehive Blog.)
Here’s why: We’ve become so calloused as a society that we don’t even bat an eye at these kinds of comments about women. These seemingly innocent comments made publicly as a joke trickle down and give men (and other women) permission to demean women … and our daughters.
When the proverbial “s” hit the fan, Jason Biggs deleted his tweets (but we all know by now that things on the Internet live forever). However, it seems that Biggs wife, actress Jenny Mollen, is also known for demeaning tweets. In March, she wrote this disgusting tidbit on her Twitter account:
[edited on here, not on her tweet]
“My husband is nominated for a Teen Choice award which means tons of eighth grade p*ssy ;) Please make sure your kids vote!!!”
So, not only is she making pedophilia-like comments about my eighth grader (if I had one), but now she wants me to go support her and her husband? WHO DOES THIS?!?
If you think these “are no big deal” or “innocent” or “joking” comments, you’re delusional about what this is doing to the female society. This is giving people permission to say things like this to your mom, or wife, or sister, or daughter.
And, if Biggs and Mollen ever have daughters, God help them. We’ll see how funny they think those kinds of comments are when they’re directed toward their own kids.
Oh? Neither Biggs nor Mollen have shown remorse for any of their tweets. I think that’s the most telling of all.