West Wing
Enemies Foreign And Domestic

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Deborah: C+ | 1 USERS: A
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C.J. pauses briefly as she enters the briefing room, and then strides to the podium and greets everyone. She starts providing details of the scheduling for the summit. A reporter asks what POTUS sees as the goals for the summit. C.J. indicates it's primarily to meet the new Russian President, whose name is Chigorin, and adds that "they share the aspiration of building a secure and undivided Europe." Yeah, good luck with that. Another reporter asks if she's aware of the fire in Madinah. She says, "Yeah. That's a tragedy." Another reporter asks about reports that the mutawwa'in prevented rescuers from getting to the girls. C.J. says she read that, and takes another question. She seems to be trying not to be drawn into it. The same reporter asks whether the White House has a comment; C.J. mentions that she only just found out about it moments ago, and that she hasn't spoken to anyone in authority about it. So wouldn't the prudent and professional thing be to indicate that her opinion is irrelevant? Another reporter, Steve, asks if she has a comment. She says she doesn't. Steve persists: "I'm sorry, C.J., but you're not outraged by this?" She glances in the direction of Toby and Sam and hesitates before saying: "Outraged? I'm barely surprised. This is a country where women aren't allowed to drive a car. They're not allowed to be in the company of any man other than a close relative. They're required to adhere to a dress code that would make a Maryknoll nun look like Malibu Barbie. They beheaded 121 people last year for robbery, rape, and drug trafficking. They have no free press, no elected government, no political parties. And the Royal Family allows the religious police to travel in groups of six, carrying nightsticks, and they freely and publicly beat women...but 'Brutus is an honourable man.' Seventeen schoolgirls were forced to burn alive because they weren't wearing the proper clothing. Am I outraged? No, Steve. No, Chris. No, Mark. That is Saudi Arabia, our partners in peace. Bonnie, then Scott." Credits.

Well, as usual, I hardly know where to begin. All season long I've expended considerable energy trying to provide accurate information about Islam, in the interest of educating people with facts and perspectives the show can't be bothered to research or present, in the hope of offering a more balanced and accurate picture...in the greater hope of eliminating some small amount of bigotry and ignorance and confusion. It's getting so freaking old. From "Isaac and Ishmael" (which Sorkin has admitted "began as a hate-filled tirade" and which even he has also called a bad episode), to this very moment...honestly, I'm damn sick and tired of it. Sorkin's megaphone is vastly bigger than mine, and I doubt my efforts make any difference at all. People believe what they want to believe. If someone's determined to be a bigot, well, there seems to be precious little I can do about it. I guess the claims of violent psychotics count for more than facts. Doesn't the world demonstrate that every day? But because I am the sort of stupid person who enjoys banging her head against brick walls, I will attempt, once again, to provide some accurate information here, for what it's worth.

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