Teabonics Spoak Hear

my favorite "I'm Teabagging for Jesus" lady

My favorite "Teabagging 4 Jesus" lady

Always good for a laugh, those Teabaggers … when they’re not being scary.  They just make ridicule so damn easy.  Remember, they started calling themselves “teabaggers” “teabagging”.  Then the Teabaggers got really pissed off when they learned that it was already a slang term in current use (made popular by the John Waters movie Pecker) … those ignorant of the fact think the ‘libruls’ made up the sexual meaning just for them.  Nope, they’re just clueless dumbasses.

Check out the flickr photo set, Teabonics, of all the Teabagger protest signs with funny-as-shit, irony-laden misspellings and double-entendres.

I love the “Teabagging 4 Jesus” lady!  She’s my favorite of all.

UPDATE: Commenter below infers that the media coined the term for the purpose of insulting the Tea Party.  Wrong.  Here are some links, below the fold, supporting why I say that the teabaggers started using the term, ignorant and unaware of what it meant.


1) Conservative writer, Jay Nordlinger of National Review Online: “Rise of an Epithet” “The first big day for this movement was Tax Day, April 15. And organizers had a gimmick. They asked people to send a tea bag to the Oval Office. One of the exhortations was “Tea Bag the Fools in D.C.” A protester was spotted with a sign saying, “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You.” So, conservatives started it: started with this terminology. But others ran with it and ran with it.”

2) Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing.net: “John Waters on the Origin of Teabagging”: — “There’s been a lot of talk of “teabagging” lately. Conservative anti-tax advocates in the United States have been organizing “tea party” protests, fashioned after the colonial-era protests of British rule. In doing so, they and the right-wing TV punditards who cheer these spectacles on for ratings have ranted about “teabagging,” and the desire to “teabag Barack Obama” and such, without apparent knowledge of the word’s more common street use.

More recently, news anchors and bloggers have giggled knowingly over that sexual reference, but nobody has acknowledged how the word first entered popular American slang.

I’ll tell you how. John Waters.

Here is the email exchange:”

[snip] “I didn’t invent the term or the act but DID introduce it to film in my movie “Pecker.” “Teabagging” was a popular dance step that male go-go boys did to their customers for tips at The Atlantis, a now defunct bar in Baltimore. Hope this helps. — John Waters”

3) Clarence Paige, Chicago Tribune: “Blame ‘teabag’ tag on the Right” — “I’ve been charged with political incorrectness, right-wing style, for some of my recent remarkson The McLaughlin Group.

In the program’s year-end roundup, I named the “backlash” anti-tax movement’s rise “The Most Defining Political Moment” of 2009.

That accolade might have been taken as a compliment had I not also mentioned that the movement was widely known as “the teabaggers,” after they “kind of asked for that name and now they regret it.”

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2 responses to “Teabonics Spoak Hear

  1. dhydar

    Um, the media used that term for a solid year; the movement did not, in general. So the media convinced an old lady to use the term. And fooled you for that matter. Bully for the media.

    • Tom

      Wrong.
      I added supporting links to the post.

      First, this post is for humor, that’s all, and this lady’s picture is just one example and the funniest. … it’s also funny when you see a sign with misspelled words, demanding that people learn English (which, I agree with, btw, for anyone going to live in a country with a different language … Learn the language.)

      Anyway, I stand with what I said: the term was already in use as slang with a sexual meaning, and was made popular by the movie Pecker in which there was a scene at a strip bar.

      When the Tea Party first started up, one of their first famous rallying cries was “Teabag the lib dems before they teabag you.” … they started using the word ignorant of the fact that it already had a sexual slang meaning. They put it on signs, even.

      Then, naturally, anybody who knew the slang meaning of the term did a great big collective “LULZ”, and off it went, and the teabaggers got their panties in a wad over it, pretty much (falsely) accusing Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper of inventing the term in order to denigrate them.

      Even a conservative writer, Jay Nordlinger of the National Review, conceded to this true bit of language history, and suggests that conservatives might even “embrace the insult and own it.”

      Thanks for stopping by and have me spell it out.

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