Erick Erickson Surprised Some Might Find ‘Barbie’ Demeaning To Women

August 11, 2014 12:36 p.m.
JOIN TPM FOR JUST $1’s Erick Erickson is confused that some women take offense to being described as barbies.

The conservative nicknamed Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie” due to her filibuster of Texas legislation restricting abortions.

“The phrase was intentional to discredit Wendy Davis, but I never thought about ‘Barbie’ being something that demeaned women,” he told the Houston Chronicle during his RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Tex. “I have an 8-year-old daughter who loves Barbie.”

Though he now realizes that some women find this offensive, Erickson says he’ll continue to use the description.

“It’s a perfect way to parody who she is,” he said.

He defended the nickname by explaining that the media has “described her Barbie good looks” and arguing that Democrats were fine with labeling Sarah Palin a “Caribou Barbie.”

Erickson said he did regret a couple of comments he has made. He admitted that he should not have called Michelle Obama a “marxist happy wife” or called former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “child molester.”

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