Really Damn Sexist: Arpaio’s Pink Underwear for Palin
After meeting Sarah Palin in Arizona on Friday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took to his Twitter to comment on his choice of welcoming gift. "I just got done welcoming Sarah Palin to our County," he wrote. "Had a nice chat and gave her a pair of pink underwear."
Arpaio, a controversial figure known for his hard-lined approach to law enforcement, has used the "pink underwear" stunt for public relations in the past. After requiring inmates to don the pink boxer shorts - seemingly in an attempt at emasculation and humiliation - Arpaio began to sell the underwear, branded with the Maricopa County Sheriff's logo, and expanded his branded merchandise to include pink handcuffs.
Arpaio's use of pink underwear is offensive and highly problematic in and of itself, but his use of a national female politician to delploy sexism as a publicity stunt is deplorable.