“In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,” the feminist icon wrote on her Facebook page Sunday morning.
The Women’s Media Center co-founder came under fire on Twitter after appearing on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday night. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,” Steinem told Maher, who leapt right on her comment. “Now if I said that, ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d slap me,” he said.
The statement Steinem said viewers “misinterpreted” came in the context of discussing a poll that suggests young women are backing the Vermont senator over Steinem’s preferred Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Steinem wasn’t the only feminist icon to criticize women supporting Bernie Sanders. Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright spoke out at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire this weekend, saying, “We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done.”
Albright added: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” Meanwhile, Steinem’s apology wasn’t exactly met with forgiveness from her fans.
“While I appreciate the apology, this statement doesn’t really confront the problem, nor how much damage your statement did. You chalked up an entire generation of women as brainless who vote for a man’s approval,” one user commented. “That’s not why we earned the right to vote.”
Steinem’s nonsensical comment leaves much to be confused about. Who are these boys she speaks of? We’re pretty certain the chase-worthy members of Bernie Sanders’ squad are few and far between.