Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler pushed a false narrative showcasing sexism in politics, though backlash from Twitter showed that people would not let her get away with it.
“Paul Ryan enforcing dress code in Speaker’s Lobby in the U.S. Capitol that bans women from showing their shoulders,” she tweeted Monday. “Welcome to Abu Dhabi.”
Her attempt at a poorly humorous joke held a major error that had been discredited for days.
While some agreed with Handler and decried it as backwards and sexist, many others pointed out that the rules in the Speaker’s Lobby were just as restrictive to men, and had nothing to do with Ryan’s tenure as speaker. Men are required to wear a tie and a jacket in the Speaker’s Lobby, as many attested to.
Paul Ryan enforcing dress code in Speaker’s Lobby in the U.S. Capitol that bans women from showing their shoulders. Welcome to Abu Dhabi.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 11, 2017
Here are the replies to Chelsea’s Tweet:
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) July 7, 2017
Was it Abu Dhabi when Nancy Pelosi was enforcing the same rules? https://t.co/xijSsmPKtY
— Darin Lloyd (@db_lloyd) July 11, 2017
I had to wear a tie & blazer for eight years of grade school, I vowed I’d never wear a tie to work.
The Speaker’s Lobby broke that dream.
— Alex Parker (@AlexParkerDC) July 7, 2017
The dress code for the Speaker’s Lobby: Suit coat and tie for men. Women cannot wear wear sleeveless blouses/dresses.
This is not news.
— (((Daryl Thul))) (@dthul) July 7, 2017
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