What. The. Fuck.
I really hope Whoopi lets us know what "rape-rape" is. (Besides that it's not when a 44 year old man drugs and forces himself on a 13 year old girl.)
Personally, I don't think it really can be more "rape-rape" after reading this statement from the victim:
"It was not consensual sex by any means. I said no, repeatedly, but he wouldn't take no for an answer. I was alone and I didn't know what to do."I don't know about you, but that pretty much sums it up for me. And that's not even taking into account the fact the victim was only thirteen at the time.
It's a sad day when it has to be pointed out that you cannot "have sex" with a child.
Danny Leigh summed up the situation rather nicely:
"If you sense that a liking for barely teenage girls is being spun as mere hedonism, you're not alone. (And it's a tactic that seems to be applied to girls far more than boys - would D'Arcy describe Michael Jackson's best known accuser as "the sexy 13-year-old Jordie Chandler"?). Ugly as it is, the post does highlight the eternal conundrum of whether and to what extent our feelings towards a film-maker are coloured by their personal failings."
While I think Whoopi was probably trying to talk about legal terms and all that hoopla, it doesn't change the fact that she blatantly downplayed the rape of a child on national television. If anything, it seemed she, along with co-host Melissa Gilbert, were more critical of the victim's mother than the middle aged man who gave alcohol and drugs to a child before orally and anally raping her.
I don't really know what else to say.
-You can read Jezebel's great post here.