The Raging Grannies skewer Representative Todd Akin for his appalling comments regarding “legitimate rape” in this new song, which has spread rapidly across the Internet. (Warning: The clip may not be suitable for work, as these sweet-looking grannies swear like sailors.)
Akin, who is the Republican Senate candidate from Missouri, said in a television interview recently that he did not support abortion, even in cases of rape.
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said of pregnancies occurring from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin’s ignorant, inaccurate comments immediately prompted angry public backlash and condemnation across the board, including from women’s health advocates and fellow politicians.
The Raging Grannies, a group of female activists all old enough to be grandmothers, fired back with their own angry message, in this tune set to “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”
The social justice group has produced countless songs on various political topics, including “Twelve Days of Taxes” and “Bad Border Laws in the Desert.”
The lyrics in their “Legitimate Rape” song include gems such as “Rape won’t make babies and that is a fact/There is no global warming, the earth’s really flat.”
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Kelly Zhou hails from the Bay Area and is currently a student in Los Angeles. She has written on a variety of topics, predominantly focusing on politics and education. Email Kelly | @kelllyzhou | TakePart.com