My jaw dropped when I saw Beck trying to sell the idea that he’d intended no insult to Connie Du Toit:
“I cannot believe that anyone who’d heard me say that would have taken it for an “insult”, and besides: if I had intended to give insult, nobody would have mistaken it.
This is a mistake. The matter at hand was far too serious for an “insult” and I wouldn’t have done it. I didn’t do it.
Beck conveniently restricts that analysis to his use of the the word “woman” in addressing Connie Du Toit but that’s hardly the full context of his remarks. You only have to scroll down one post on Beck’s blog to find:
Here’s what: if this woman pretends to stand on her own two feet in a confrontation of ideas, then she should bloody well be able to take her slings and arrows like the rest of us. Especially after such a patently outrageous suggestion.
If she can’t do that, then she should stay in the goddamned kitchen.
The phrase “if this woman pretends to stand on her own two feet” is clearly intended as an insult. Then of course there’s the unfortunate “woman”->”kitchen” slur. Would he ever tell Kim to get back in the kitchen?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t object to net insults. I dish them out myself.
I was just shocked to see Beck try to walk away from this one in the space of a single blog entry.