The man who's set to replace the "Lion of the Senate" is so crass that he thinks election night is a fine time to hawk his girls.
During his acceptance speech last night in the upset election that rattled the Democratic party, Brown made a very awkward and slightly creepy attempt to pimp out his college-aged daughters. It went like this:
"I want to thank Ayla and Arianna for their help as well. Just in case anybody's wondering from across the United States, yes, they're both available," he told the raucous crowd and presumably a gazillion television cameras.
"Not Arianna," said a giggling Ayla, clutching her proud pop's shoulders.
"Only kidding. Only kidding," Brown continued. "Arianna's definitely not available, but Ayla is."
Just to clarify who was who, the next senator from Massachusetts grabbed Arianna's arm and held it up, saying, "This Arianna. This is Ayla."
He then continued to sing his daughters' praises. Arianna is a pre-med at Syracuse. But it's Ayla who's got her daddy's eye. She's been crooning at campaign events across the state and on "American Idol." (This comment earned a coy eyebrow raise from the ever-so-hammy Ayla.) But that's not all, no, that's not all. The leggy brunette is also "good on the court." We're talking basketball here. Brown got so excited about the prospects of what Ayla could do for him that he offered her basketball talents to Barack Obama, challenging the president to a game. Thankfully for us all, Brown then turned the conversation back to his next favorite topic: his truck.
Okay, in the grand scheme of sleazy campaign night speeches, this wasn't the worst, but it was truly odd and veered toward the uncomfortable. These are his daughters, after all. And he offered them up to the dating world as a thank-you to them for all their campaign help. What message, exactly, were these comments intended to send? Help daddy get elected to the senate and you'll land a good man? And, we can all safely assume that if Ayla and Arianna were Abe and Andrew, their father wouldn't have transformed his acceptance speech into a coming-out party.
Brown, who posed nude for Cosmo, has taken some heat on the campaign trail for being less than sensitive to women. When a fan at a rally shouted, "Shove a curling iron up her butt," referring to opponent Martha Coakley, Brown responded, "We can do this." It wasn't clear whether or not he was responding to the heckler, but he didn't come out and say anything to contradict or condemn the crude comment either.
Brown's apparent eagerness to see his daughters get some booty out of his surprising success is, well, kind of gross. What message is Brown sending to the American people? That the man who's set to replace the "Lion of the Senate" is so crass that he thinks election night is a fine time to hawk his girls.
|Ronda Kaysen is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, BusinessWeek.com, Architectural Record, Huffington Post, New York Observer and AM New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.|