Comedians Take On Bishops, Church, and GOP Men in Birth Control "Controversy"
The debate over President Obama's proposed birth control coverage mandate got lots of comedic attention even last week, but when the story didn't die over the weekend the comedy treatment got more and more absurd, mirroring the absurdity of religious groups' entrenched, backwards position.
On the Daily Show Monday night Jon Stewart looked positively punchy, as though he couldn't believe the visuals from Darrell Issa's "no girls allowed" panel had been given to him to mock with impunity. While there were no ladies on that panel, he noted some of the men were wearing gowns, "so that's something."
As a deli-meat loving Jew, Stewart also cried foul on the "Kosher Deli" parable that compares mandating institutions to provide insurance plans with birth control coverage to forcing Kosher delis to serve pork. "The parable, while delicious, makes no f@#$%ing sense," said Stewart, munching what appeared to be delicious pastrami.
Later, to mimic Issa's panel, he convened his own all-guy panel to talk women's health: Jon Stewart's old-school "eye on the ladies." Watch what happens when a real lady tries to speak:
Finally, this weekend on Saturday Night Live, returning former castmember Amy Poehler and Seth Myers devoted their "really?" segment to the birth control issue and the war on women.
You will never hear the word "transvaginal" the same again.