After an historic five days without a GOP rape mention, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder finally broke the Republicans’ streak this weekend while hosting an awards show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The conservative comedian went after actress and potential U.S. Senate candidate Ashley Judd, a childhood rape survivor, for an essay she penned in 2010 about the prevalence of sexual violence in eastern Congo, where minerals for smart phones are mined and violent sexual assaults are used as a means of intimidating the local residents and controlling resources.
Crowder sets up his comedy bit by pretending that Judd had “just tweeted that buying Apple products again is akin to rape… from her iPhone.” (For the record, Judd criticized her own use of Apple products as “utterly complicit” in the rapes going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She never said using Apple products was “akin to rape.”)
This sets Crowder up perfectly to really zing Judd with some Seinfeldian observational humor about her going around talking about rape in Third World countries all the time:
What is this obsession with Ashley Judd and rape? It’s pretty unnerving.
I mean, right? What is the DEAL with widespread sexual violence in the mining regions of eastern Congo? And airline peanuts?
On a related note, after facing pressure from human rights groups, Apple has since improved its sourcing methods and become an industry leader in reducing its use of conflict minerals.
Meanwhile, U.N. officials continue to describe eastern Congo as “the rape capital of the world,” with the prevalence and intensity of sexual violence against young girls and women there “almost unimaginable.” Judd works with Women for Women International, which offers job skills and business training to women in regions affected by conflict like Eastern Congo. If you’re interested, here’s how to make a charitable donation.