Yesterday, GotNews published a bombshell exposé titled “EXCLUSIVE: Young Turks ‘Woke Bae’ Hasan Piker’s Long History Of Vile, Disparaging, Sexist Comments Directed At Conservative AND Liberal Women In Politics,” which focused on The Young Turks (TYT) rising star Hasan Piker’s troubling record of sexist comments directed towards women in politics.
Regrettably, Piker’s sexually degrading words and misogynistic views appear to extend well beyond his comments about women in politics. Rather, the rising progressive star’s casual discussion of his sexual fantasies involving Sarah Palin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Wendy Davis, and Michele Bachmann on his public Twitter account is just a minor part of a much broader pattern of sexism from Piker, according to a GotNews review of Piker’s official Twitter account.
Piker’s Twitter account suggest it is likely that he viewed those four female politicians as sex objects not because they are politicians, but rather because they are women. A comprehensive analysis of Piker’s public opinions on women outside of politics – and women in general – suggests such demeaning comments may simply reflect how Piker really views the opposite sex.
For instance, on July 18th, 2012, two days after Yahoo’s historic decision to hire its first female CEO, Marissa Mayer, Piker cruelly disparaged Mayer, a pioneer and icon for women in Silicon Valley, on the basis of her sex. Piker wrote “Yahoos biggest challenge isn’t that it’s shares went down 41% in the last 5 years, it’s that they have a female CEO.”:
Five days later, Piker took a sexist jab at women’s driving skills, declaring “If they had traffic laws, Saudi Arabia would probably be the least dangerous country to drive in. Think about it.”:
A little under a week later, Piker took to Twitter to articulate his belief that “Its pretty much unfair how easy life is when youre a hot girl.. until you turn 35 I mean.”:
Piker went on to tell his followers later that year that “Hurricane names are all female because they are all sporadic and impossible to predict or control.”:
Some two years later, Piker slammed a woman on his airplane flight as a “b*tch” because she inconvenienced him – and through no fault of her own:
In addition to demeaning remarks like the ones above, which feed on hurtful stereotypes and sexist tropes to attack women’s intellectual capacities, personality traits, etc., Piker has repeatedly tweeted misogynistic and sexually inappropriate remarks about women, providing further evidence of his bigotry and lack of respect towards women.
For instance, on July 11th, 2012, Piker tweeted a link to a Total Frat Move article titled “30 Reasons To Hook Up With A Freshman” and described it as “The bible for our senior year.. 30 reasons to go for freshman chicks #TFM”:
The premise of the article is quite predatory, and the first seven reasons it lists to target freshmen girls for sex confirms the reader’s worst fears:
The article also includes more predatory reasons, such as taking advantage of freshmen girls’ drunkenness (19. She gets “sexually-adventurous drunk” before the pregame even ends.) and inexperience (24. She doesn’t understand how hooking up in college works yet.). The piece ends by listing “tightness” (reason #29) and “It’s really f**king easy” (reason #30).
These sexually inappropriate tweets continue for several years. On July 23rd, 2014, Piker sent out a tweet that appears to suggest he believes there are scenarios when a girl is obliged to have sex with him, which would be rebuking a key tenet of the feminist movement. The tweet reads “@feministabulous latest chart on when a girl owes you sex was like click bait for me cus I thought it would be informative.”:
That same month, Piker also tweeted “I wants the hottest thots”:
On top of that, Piker has publicly professed his belief that “A flat chested woman is like jeans without pockets. aint nothing to grab”:
Piker is also on record describing how he would like to be part of rapper P-Diddy’s entourage and “trickle down bang anything thrown his way”:
Moreover, in August of 2013, Piker confided to a fellow Twitter user that he wears dark or mirrored sunglasses so he can “stare into [people’s] asses without them ever knowing”:
And apparently degrading the businesswoman running Yahoo! was not enough for Piker, who sexually all objectified businesswomen when he tweeted “Businesswomen turn me on. Which probably explains why I constantly walk around with a hardon around 5pm at Hoboken”:
In two separate tweets from October and September of 2013, Piker expressed his desire to have sex with singer Miley Cyrus. In one of the tweets, Piker also mocked the singer’s physical appearance, writing “I dont care that miley cyrus looks like macklemore, id still do her on that wrecking ball”:
Earlier that year, Piker tweeted at Taylor Swift to ask the singer an odd and rudely inappropriate question regarding her sexuality:
In October of 2014, Piker wrote another strange tweet about Swift – this time concerning her physical appearance – which was also addressed to the superstar by including her Twitter handle. The tweet read: “. @VaiSuliafu I was wrong about @taylorswift13 she’s officially smoking hot and kew and smart all she needs is a guy body”:
Piker has also made degrading comments about women he does not find attractive, including Alison Pill’s character from HBO’s The Newsroom, whom he disparaged by writing “Just when you think Maggie from newsroom couldn’t get any uglier, she makes me spit out my food #souglyomg”:
Likewise, Piker apparently sees no problem with body-shaming women he encounters at the gym:
With all of this damning evidence, it appears likely that Piker simply has a strong misogynistic streak within him, and his sexually degrading tweets about women in politics no longer seem out of character.
Of course, these latest revelations of Piker’s misogynistic and sexually degrading views on women are just the latest of several scandals to hit the progressive TYT in the past month. In addition to Uygur’s sexist writings that The Wrap unearthed this week, TYT fired reporter Jordan Chariton in November, several days after the progressive journalist was accused of sexual assault. Chariton, who maintains his innocence, has made clear he intends to sue the Young Turks over its response.
Stay tuned for more.
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