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Russell Frank

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739282

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.001.0001

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Where Is the Humor?

Where Is the Humor?

Anti-Hillary Jokes in the News

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Russell Frank

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the jokes about former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. It explains that some of the anti-Hillary jokes date to the earliest days of electronic newslore and suggests that the volume and persistence of nasty jokes about Clinton are simply astonishing. It discusses journalist Jason Horowitz’s description of Clinton as an empty vessel into which her detractors can pour everything they detest about politicians, ambitious women and an American culture they fear is being wrested from their control. This chapter also provides some examples of anti-Hillary jokes.

Keywords:   Hillary Clinton, anti-Hillary jokes, electronic newslore, Jason Horowitz, politicians, ambitious women, American culture

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