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Published: February 2, 2013 8:38 am to Media News

Pretty desperate: Another pathetic attack on Lila Rose

Do not look directly at the Lila.

Do not look directly at the Lila.

It has been brought to my attention that Lila Rose is very, very bad.

Not evil. We don’t use the word “evil,” because the concept of evil is for simple-minded Christians.

But Lila Rose is very, very bad. Mostly because she’s pretty.

This has been called to my attention by Kathryn Joyce at On the Issues Magazine in her article “Lila Rose: A Sweet Face to Accompany Extreme Anti-Abortion Claims.” After pointing out – quite accurately – that Lila’s star is on the rise among conservatives and pro-lifers, Joyce goes on to explain that Lila became famous catching Planned Parenthood employees breaking the law. In so doing, Ms. Joyce manages to sound sympathetic to Planned Parenthood, in one instance referring to their “head in hands” attitude whilst suborning statutory rape.

But the gist of the article is that Lila Rose’s looks – her prettiness – make palatable views that would be seen as extreme coming from a man. Joyce points to activists she considers extremists, such as Reverends Clenard Childress and Patrick Mahoney, and notes that Lila admits – admits! – to being influenced by them. In return, Mahoney, for his part, admits that the pro-life message sounds better coming from a fresh-faced young woman, causing the alert reader to think to herself, “Well, yeah. So does everything.”

I digress.

Joyce goes on from there, referring to Lila’s “mainstreaming of fringe anti-abortion conspiracy theories” and calling her “a ventriloquist for ideas shaped among … the far Right.”

I’m gonna shock you when I say this, but Ms. Joyce is halfway right: Lila Rose does make people listen. But it’s not just because she’s young and attractive.

I was in Washington, D.C., with about half a million pro-lifers last week, and at least one sixth of them were young, attractive females. Any one of them could be Lila Rose, except for the important distinction that they aren’t Lila Rose.

When you’re discussing the pro-life cause with Lila, yes, at first you notice that her hair is from a shampoo commercial, and she is extremely cute and young and, okay, “fresh.” (When you google “Lila Rose,” the second search term that pops up is “Lila Rose hair.”) But then you kind of quit thinking about that because she is taking control of the room, guiding the conversation, proving her formidable knowledge of the subject, and surprising you with her insight and focus.

Yes, she’s genuinely sweet. Yes, she has a youthful freshness about her. And yes, she is very pretty. Looks help almost anybody in almost any walk of life. Lila Rose is a young, attractive female. Barack Obama is an attractive half-black man. Does the left really want to open that can of worms? Do they really want to talk about the role appearance plays in politics?

No, they don’t. They seek only to discredit what Lila has uncovered, and they can’t. Unfortunately for them, Live Action’s “fringe conspiracy theories” are now backed up with videotaped proof.

So they fall back on playing their little hypocritical games, referring to Lila’s “antifeminist” tendencies even while they take antifeminist potshots at her looks.

Lila is a pretty young woman. Last I checked, that’s still not a crime. Failing to report statutory rape is.

And I promise you, if Lila didn’t have anything to say, if she didn’t have a mountain of righteousness to back up her prettiness, she wouldn’t be on TV, she wouldn’t be famous, and she wouldn’t be the face of this movement.

Ms. Joyce and her ilk amaze me. They want to talk about the dishonest right-wing badness of beautiful women making extreme views palatable, yet we see ScarJo and AshJudd (I just made that up) extolling the virtues of Planned Parenthood every time we turn around. Oh, but that’s okay! Because, um, because…Scarlett’s from New York City! She’s…street-wise! Yeah! Lila’s just some home-schooled Catholic! And AshJudd has an advanced degree in Contemplative Feminist Literary Yoga. Or something. Lila’s degree is probably in, I don’t know, Rosary Studies.

I have never in my life seen anything like the hypocrisy and willful ignorance of the anti-life left. This latest attack on Lila Rose and Live Action doesn’t bring up anything new. They have no evidence that Planned Parenthood doesn’t break the law because, well, Planned Parenthood does break the law. All they can come up with is, “Lila Rose is pretty.” Sounds pretty desperate to me.

Then again, if I were trying to defend abortion these days, I’d be pretty desperate, too.

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One of Lila’s investigations into Planned Parenthood failure to report child sexual abuse:

About Kristen Hatten

Kristen is a writer and comedian who makes people mad on the Internet. She is Vice President of New Wave Feminists and enjoys taxidermy, yachting, and 19th century French poetry. Stalk her relentlessly for fun and profit.
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  • Kathleen

    Kristen,
    Perfectly articulated and so true!

  • Bubbalouwee

    What makes you think King Herod, I mean dictator Obama, I mean president Obama is attractive? He makes me want to run to the bathroom and puke when he is talking in public. It is not his looks that make me sick, but the lies that proceed from his heart that make me want to run to the bathroom and vomit. Lila Rose is beautiful because of what comes from her heart.

    • Bridget

      Many Obama supporters say pro-lifers say we’re the ones with blind faith.T.T

    • Timmehh

      The article was discussing physical appearance. Physically, Obama is considered to be attractive by many people.

  • Hannah Mallery

    I think they’re just embarrassed because they’ve falsely constructed the stereotype of pro-life women being a bunch of homely, middle-aged, sexually repressed doormats, and they stagger at the thought of a beautiful pro-life spokesperson.
    I think they’re also jealous because Lena Dunham, for all her edginess and modern “wit,” can’t hold a candle to Lila’s honesty and passion.

  • Hannah Mallery

    I think they’re just embarrassed because they’ve falsely constructed the stereotype of pro-life women being a bunch of homely, middle-aged, sexually repressed doormats, and they stagger at the thought of a beautiful pro-life spokesperson.
    I think they’re also jealous because Lena Dunham, for all her edginess and modern “wit,” can’t hold a candle to Lila’s honesty and passion.

    • Basset_Hound

      Hannah, you forgot stereotypes #2 and #3…

      2) buck toothed Bible thumping illiterate hillbilly with 10 kids.
      3) drop dead gorgeous Trophy Wife who feels she has to keep spouting the Party Line to keep her $2 million home and her open ended Nordstrom charge accounts.

  • http://tonylayne.blogspot.com/ Anthony S. Layne

    ScarJo and AshJudd. You forgot Sandra Flake — her wide doe eyes go a long way to making her one of America’s most plausible liars.

  • Julia

    Maybe she’s just jealous of Lila’s good looks…;)

  • http://twitter.com/MarauderTheSN Marauder

    So Kathryn Joyce thinks that attractive young women who disagree with her must be “ventriloquists” who can’t think for themselves. Sounds pretty damn misogynistic to me.

  • Kara Young

    Kristen, God bless you! My husband and I are 100% pro-life advocates in Rhode Island! You are the best comedic writer I think I have ever read, and you bring the truth – the pro-life message – to a wider audience. You are talented and blessed!

  • Kara Russo Young

    God bless YOU too, Lila!

  • Guest

    Well, “Lila Rose hair” Googles to some hair salon in Australia (not Live Action’s president). Just saying.

    I think anyone that writes a book subtitled “Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement” automatically forfeits the right to call Lila Rose a conspiracy theorist. Also, Lila Rose as a ventriloquist? I’ve never heard that one before!

    • Katie Mullins

      It must have just changed, as I saw what she was talking about a couple hours ago.

  • http://twitter.com/Astraspider Astraspider

    “Then again, if I were trying to defend abortion these days, I’d be pretty desperate, too.”

    Oh boy, you got us. We’re desperate. Oh noes. After those pro-life kooks in Indiana and Missouri won in the Senate and President Romney is gonna appoint a whole bunch of pro-lifin’ judges. Desperate times.

    • Guest

      State level. Also, do watch the masterpieces that Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Center for Reproductive Rights put up on Youtube.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509270298 Kristen Adkins

    Why doesn’t it surprise me that she is Catholic and home schooled?

    • musiciangirl591

      hey, i’m Catholic and wasn’t home-schooled… #stereotypingsucks

      • Kristen

        did i say you were?

  • Ashley

    Wow. That is so dumb. Yes Lila is incredibly beautiful, but she’s also intelligent and outspoken. All I can say if she’s reading this is, good for you girl. They’re hating on you. That means they can’t think of a good arguement.