Some D-Bags Tried To Body Shame Connie Schultz. It Did Not Work.
Hey! It's a Sunday! A Sunday between major holidays, which means we are all either feeling super chill or are at our wits end and dying for it to all be over. One of the two!
Either way, we could all probably use a good nice time post, eh? I think so! So grab a cup of coffee or tea or hot cocoa and sit down and let's talk about how Connie Schultz is our new mom. Ok? OK!
So! It is pretty obvious by now that Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown -- who has long held the distinction of being one of the very few politicians that I have personally and consistently actually liked over the years -- is probably going to run for President in 2020. If it wasn't obvious before, it certainly became obvious last week when Politico ran a profile on his extremely cool and feisty wife, Connie Schultz. I mean, that's not really the kind of article that happens unless someone is running for President, right?
Anyway, if you haven't read it yet, go do that, but here's a taste!
She's not just a spouse who's a journalist. She's a spouse who's a journalist who's a liberal feminist columnist who's won a Pulitzer Prize and teaches journalism at her alma mater, Kent State University. She's a spouse who's a journalist who's a liberal feminist columnist who's won a Pulitzer Prize and who is a Christian who actually practices her faith. She's a spouse who's a journalist who's a liberal feminist columnist who's won a Pulitzer Prize who is a Christian and who also packs a blue-collar backstory as the Ashtabula-born-and-bred-daughter of a maintenance mechanic and a nurse's aide. She has working-class cred, a powerful platform and opinions she is utterly unafraid to express. And she's all these things at a moment when the current president is unceasing with his anti-press invective.
"I am the woman he hates," Schultz said, getting water from the fridge.
She stopped and smiled.
"Can I tell you just how proud I am to be that woman?" she said. "I never measure myself against what Donald Trump would think of me. But if I am exactly what he hates, and I think I am, it makes me feel all the more necessary."
I really like her! Like, after reading that profile, I just really wanted to sit at her kitchen table and drink fair-trade coffee from a co-op and chat and listen to Laura Nyro or something. She's so cool!
Unfortunately, when Politico posted the article to Twitter, a bunch of Trumpy assholes tried to body shame her -- a thing they for some reason actually think makes them look good, when it in fact makes them look like horrible people. But Schultz's response to this was absolutely goddamned lovely.
And the cool thing here is that she took something shitty and made it into something good -- the responses to her tweet included a variety of testimonies from other people who had been body-shamed by insecure internet creeps or who had also lost their parents. Sure, they always say "don't read the comments," and that's good advice -- but I think it's also important on some level to share when people are shitty to you. It makes everyone feel less alone!
Honestly, I kind of want Connie Schultz to be president now.
Anyway, that's it for today -- this is now your open thread! Don't forget to tip your writers on the way out (IF YOU CAN)
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse