Shonda Rhimes, the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator, used her social media platform to blast Fox News host Mike Huckabee over comments made at a Republican National Committee winter conference Thursday afternoon. The former Arkansas governor slammed insurance-covered contraception, the Wrap reports.
“Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them, it’s a war for them,” he said.
“And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it,” Huckabee added.
Rhimes then took to her WhoSay page and posted: “I want Mike Huckabee to wake up tomorrow having suddenly grown a vagina. Then I wanna deny his vagina proper medical care and birth control while making crazy statements about his libido. And see how he likes it.”
Rhimes also engaged a Twitter follower who asked her not to use the word “vagina.”
“Half the population possess vaginas,” she wrote. “It’s not a dirty word, it’s a body part.”
In a statement to the Wrap, Huckabee said the comments to which Rhimes and others have reacted were taken out of context. He claims that the reporters missed the point of what he was trying to say about how Democrats regard women:
“Ms. Rhimes’ comment seems to be directed at the misquotations of my speech which were made by certain members of the media. Even they were forced to admit they got it wrong and had to issue a correction. Maybe Ms. Rhimes will issue a correction as well.
“As a strong, and powerful woman, I believe Ms. Rhimes would agree that women are not helpless, and they have the capacity to manage their lives without the intervention of big government. The real scandal is the fact that Democrats continue to portray the women of America as helpless victims of gender who need government assistance in order to manage their reproductive systems. I think far more highly of women than that.”