Sweet Jesus, I Hate Chris Matthews

So, yeah, I need another blog like a freakin’ hole in the head, but I couldn’t resist becoming a contributor to Sweet Jesus I Hate Chris Matthews, which Jill from Brilliant at Breakfast started up a couple days ago.

Because sweet Jesus, I hate Chris Matthews.

For those of you who don’t live in the States and/or aren’t familiar with him, this video by Scott Bateman should serve as a good introduction.

To my mind, what makes Matthews especially detestable is that he’s a sexist, racist, homophobic blowhard in “independent’s” clothing. Even Al, who watches Hardball a lot because it comes on after Countdown, has said to me — in response to remarks such as, “Sweet Jesus, I hate Chris Matthews” — “But, he’s an independent! He’s done all this work with democrats!” Yeah, you know what? Don’t really care. He hates women. He’s not much better when it comes to any man who’s non-white or non-heterosexual. And he thinks the imaginary smell of English Leather and Aqua Velva is a good reason to take Fred Thompson seriously. Because of his democratic history, we’re supposed to believe he’s a more reasonable and objective pundit than, say, Bill O’Reilly, whose haters inspired the new blog.

He’s not. He’s just not. And sweet Jesus, I hate him.

(Oh, and for those who ask, the nickname “Tweety” refers to his big, yellow head. Though it’s also worth noting that this man, who has publicly asked whether America is ready for the sound of Hillary Clinton’s girly voice, gets awfully screechy — dare I say shrill? — when excited.)

Update: Media Matters is asking people to contact MSNBC about Matthews’s unbelievable sexism, which I fully support.

Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a “she devil” and compared her to a “strip-teaser.” He has called her “witchy” and likened her voice to “fingernails on a blackboard.” He has referred to men who support her as “castratos in the eunuch chorus.” He has suggested Clinton is not “a convincing mom” and said “modern women” like Clinton are unacceptable to “Midwest guys.” He has called her “Madame Defarge” and “Nurse Ratched.”

And that’s only the beginning.

Sweet Jesus.

31 thoughts on “Sweet Jesus, I Hate Chris Matthews

  1. I know someone who’s been on Matthews’ s show a couple of times, and this person (who’s guy, btw) tells me that, off-camera, Matthews is just as blatantly sexist as he is on-camera. With guys, he’s pretty genial and friendly, andnot offputting at all. But with women, he flirts shamelessly in a way that seems to make women feel awkward and uncomfortable. My friend says he treats the women as sex objects, not as professionals.

    It amazes me that after all his years in public life and on air, no one ever seems to have sat Tweetie down and read him the riot act about his sexist bullshit. Or, if they have, it obviously hasn’t had the least effect on his disgusting behavior.

  2. I’m a little punchy from the amount of work we’ve had lately, but “big yellow head” is cracking my shit up.

  3. Did you see John Stewart’s, er, “interview” with Chris Matthews when he was pimping out his, er, “book”? That’s some mighty fine viewing, really.

    I’m anti-cable, so I never catch Hardball, but I sometimes watch his Sunday show, and I swear there are times when Katty Kaye looks like she’s going to fly out of her little chair and strangle him with his own smug grin.

    Oh, and I love the boys at SJIHBO. They’re freakin’ brilliant. Buy their books!

  4. Fuck, Chris Matthews voice makes me want to stick my fist in his mouth and clear his throat with my own hand.

  5. Did you see John Stewart’s, er, “interview” with Chris Matthews when he was pimping out his, er, “book”? That’s some mighty fine viewing, really.

    Oh, yeah. And it’s available on SJIHCM.

    Also, sumac, I love you.

  6. Oh, my favorite quote EVER comes from that episode:

    “I’m not trashing your book, I’m trashing your philosophy on life.” — Jon Stewart to Chris Matthews

    I’m currently using it as an AIM away message.

  7. I kind of feel sorry for Chris Matthews, because the more I watch him and read about him, the more obvious it becomes he has some kind of really weird psychological issues surrounding women, masculinity, and sexuality. I honestly think he might be mentally ill.

    Although I certainly can sympathise with the “Sweet Jesus I hate Chris Matthews” point of view.

  8. he has some kind of really weird psychological issues surrounding women, masculinity, and sexuality.

    That’s for sure. I personally wouldn’t go so far as thinking it’s mental illness, though. I think it’s more a lifetime of unchallenged ideas.

  9. Maybe it was on the SWIHCM blog, or maybe on Sadly, No! that I read that Matthews and his wife have a “mother-son” relationship. EWWWWWWWW!

  10. Eeeew. I just followed a few links on the guy. My first encounter, but it’s enough. Please don’t send him over here.

    (I love the ‘Apologies to horses’ asses’ bit at the end of that clip, BTW.)

  11. OMG, I just watched the Jon Stewart clip. I did not think it was possible for me to a) hate Chris Matthews more or b) love Jon Stewart more. Both of these things have happened. And I laughed my ass off, much like in those public service announcements. My cats are investigating it right now.

  12. Wordy McWord to this post.

    Didn’t he have the unmitigated gall to pinch my Senator’s cheek?

    I would have thought that one through. I’m sure Bill is arranging to have him taken out.

  13. feeling’s mutual, babe!

    I initially assumed this to mean “Chris Matthews hates you too,” which… yeah.

  14. Oh no, -that- interview. I remember being sort of vaguely creeped out by how non-responsive he was — Jon Stewart is ripping into him, and he just sits there with a goofy grin, laughing constantly.

    ::shuuuuuudder::

  15. Littlem, if your senator is HRC then yes, he did pinch her cheek. But I think she may have pinched one of his first. They played this on CNN this morning, in one of those Jeannie Moss things about kissing on the campaign trail. And perhaps I should clarify that the pinched cheeks in question are FACE cheeks and not butt cheeks.

    I could never quite figure Chris Matthews out, in terms of is he a republican/democrat, liberal/conservative. Perhaps, like Lou Dobbs, he should be assigned to a special class, like “out his his mind.”

  16. Perhaps, like Lou Dobbs, he should be assigned to a special class, like “out his his mind.”

    Lou Dobbs. Is he the one who considers himself a liberal but claims that illegal immigrants (by which he means Mexicans) are here to rape all the white women and give everyone leprosy?

  17. Lou Dobbs. Is he the one who considers himself a liberal but claims that illegal immigrants (by which he means Mexicans) are here to rape all the white women and give everyone leprosy?

    Yep!

  18. That HRC thing was a brilliant move on her part. He was trying to get her to respond to him, and she retorted with questioning why he is always so obsessed with her and has been for years. After she finished talking, she went directly over to him, pinched/patted his cheeks, and said, “Oh, poor Christopher,” like the big baby he is, and all he could do was mumble, “I am not obsessed.”

    A perfect takedown!

  19. Sweet Jesus H. Christ on a Cracker I hate that asshole too. I’m hoping that when Hillary wins the presidency he’ll grab his crotch and yelp “Adios mios! Mi cajones est gonzo!” and then do a funny dance and faint.

  20. The other day, I was talking to my best friend about women quietly gaining ground economically. More women are enrolled in college than men (haven’t really put the numbers to the test, but have been hearing about this), the fastest growing group of first time home buyers is single women. The number of women-owned businesses is growing.

    I said to my friend: Gawd, when The Church gets ahold of this, they are going to crap themselves! They’ll be on, like, THE MARCH after that!

    My friend said: Didn’t the whole pharmicists-denying-women-emergency-contraception start in your town?

    Yes. Yes it did.

  21. he has some kind of really weird psychological issues surrounding women, masculinity, and sexuality

    I think the technical term is “asshole”. :)

  22. Nadai–Yeah, technically, you are using the correct term. When I think of Chris Matthews, I think of the Seinfeld episode where George gets a man-crush on a handsome, macho boyfriend of Elaine’s. He just wants so bad to be a cool guy, and have a cool guy like and accept him, despite the fact that Mr Macho has the brains of a cotton ball. Watching him suck up to guys he thinks are cool–like accepting Cheney’s excuse for accidentally shooting his hunting partner, because hunters have some cool code that non-hunters just don’t get–is priceless, if it doesn’t make you heave.

  23. He just wants so bad to be a cool guy, and have a cool guy like and accept him, despite the fact that Mr Macho has the brains of a cotton ball.

    Oh, god, that’s it exactly.

    And it’s not unlike how MoDo clearly wants to be the cool chick that all the boys like hanging out with, even though the boys laugh behind her back every time she leaves the room.

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