Are you ready for the most disgusting, insensitive, unfunny and offensive video you've ever seen? It's called "Abortion Man", and it comes to us via WayOutTV, created by comedian Damon Wayans "as an incubator to develop innovative television shows for the internet." (The video is embedded after the jump.) Salon's Catherine Price breaks it down: Basically, a young guy gets a call from his girlfriend, who reveals that she is pregnant. The guy mutters "Get rid of that shit," but then tells the young woman in question he's "enthused about the whole situation." He hangs up the phone, and, à la Superman, runs to the window and yells "Help!" Enter Abortion Man, who wears a T-shirt displaying a fetus with a line through it. Abortion Man comes to the rescue by accosting the young woman in question, saying "Ah-hah! I have you now, fiend!" and then punching her. In the belly. When she falls to the ground, he stomps on her. And a bloody fetus flies out, into the bushes.
In addition to Salon, video has also caught the attention of the blog 'What About Our Daughters'. ""Abortion Man' is a burning cross," a post on the blog reads. "Its hate imagery that would make Joseph Goebbels proud... YouTube has placed no age restriction on 'Abortion Man.' Kids apparently need to be protected from candy penises, but no such age controls are needed when you depict a violent attack on a pregnant Black girls. By the way, Toyota is running ads on the WayOutTV YouTube Page."
The video is not funny. The premise is not funny. It's seriously offensive and twisted, even as a fantasy. And it's not just some low-budget, no-name production: Michael Wayans, Damon's son, appears in the clip. What About Our Daughters adds this for perspective:
According to the CDC, black women have a maternal homicide risk about seven times that of white women. Black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely as white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after childbirth.
It's impossible to fathom that any woman — and most men — would think this video is funny or even innocuous. There may be ways to poke fun at the panic of discovering an unintended, unplanned pregnancy, but depicting a man punching a woman in the uterus is unacceptable. But what's the best way to deal with this abhorrent and abominable clip? Should it be taken down? Or be broadcast and made and example of?
It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No, It's Abortion Man! [Salon]
Daymon Wayans Thinks Violently Attacking Black Pregnant Teens is Funny: "Abortion Man" [What About Our Daughters]
Abortion Man [YouTube]