No, Senator Gillibrand Has Not Read ‘50 Shades of Grey’

Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long are two highly accomplished professionals running to represent New York in the United States Senate–and they both just happen to be women who often disagree about the most appropriate ways to address the issues now facing the state and the nation at large. This is a sign of a healthy democracy, right?

Well, last night, the two participated in a debate at Skidmore College sponsored by Your News Now on New York 1. They discussed matters of import like the “contraception coverage” mandate and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s decision to use $100,000 in taxpayer dollars as hush money in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.

This is all serious, relevant stuff, but we’re more interested in something that all women like: The E.L. James spanking expose 50 Shades of Grey. Every living woman loves that book, right? Well we thought so, but when the debate moderator had the audacity to ask the candidates whether they’d read it during the “lightning round”, they just laughed and laughed!

Now we’re confused. What did Social Times say about Election 2012 turning into a big joke?

We understand that this particular election was never even remotely close (Gillibrand currently leads Long by 37 points), but the question is almost offensive, because it assumes that the topic is one that both women have considered. We also love the fact that public outrage led Pizza Hut to withdraw its plan for a “sausage or pepperoni” question at the last presidential debate, yet this dumb query was somehow OK.

One last point, though: Whoever wrote these questions forgot the most important one!

“Senator Gillibrand, are you a Carrie or a Samantha?”

@PatrickCoffee Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.
Publish date: October 18, 2012 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT