Recently uncovered blog posts from Cenk Uygur, who is the creator and host of “The Young Turks,” revealed multiple disparaging and sexist remarks about women, including referring to women as genetically “flawed.”
Uygur apologized for writing the blog posts in an interview with The Wrap, claiming that the writings do not represent who he is today.
“The stuff I wrote back then was really insensitive and ignorant,” Uygur told The Wrap. “If you read that today, what I wrote 18 years ago, and you’re offended by it, you’re 100 percent right. And anyone who is subjected to that material, I apologize to. And I deeply regret having written that stuff when I was a different guy.”
Uygur tried to shift the blame from himself to conservatism, telling The Wrap that he made the comments when he was still a supposed “conservative.”
“I had not yet matured and I was still a conservative who thought that stuff was politically incorrect and edgy,” he said. “When you read it now, it looks really, honestly, ugly. And it’s very uncomfortable to read.”
Despite Uygur’s claim that those remarks from 18 years ago do not represent who he is today, tweets from just a few years ago show the same type of attitude emanating from Uygur:
The Wrap reported the following excerpts from Uygur’s writings:
- On women being genetically flawed for not wanting to have enough sex (2000):
It seems like there is a sea of tits here, and I am drinking in tiny droplets. I want to dive into the whole god damn ocean. Obviously, the genes of women are flawed. They are poorly designed creatures who do not want to have sex nearly as often as needed for the human race to get along peaceably and fruitfully.
- His warning to women that something sexual needs to happen by the third date and “orgasm by the fifth date” (2002):
Women, ignore these at your peril. Rule 1: There must be some serious making out by the third date. If I haven’t felt your tits by then, things are not about to last much longer. In fact, if you don’t get back on track by the fourth date, you’re done. Rule 2: There must be orgasm by the fifth date.
- On “one of the best nights of my life,” in which he kissed almost two-dozen women and “felt countless breasts” (2003):
I had one of the best nights of my life at Mardi Gras. I kissed over 23 different women, saw and felt countless breasts, and was in a wonderful drunken stupor thanks to my friend [Jack Daniels whiskey].
- On chatting up teen girls he described as “whores in training” while on a road trip with now senior VP of The Young Turks, David Koller (2004 ):
In one small Pennsylvania town we stopped for gas, and while Cenk filled up I went to talk to these three girls who were walking down the road nearby. Turns out they were three teenage girls, whores in training, literally looking for boys to pick them up. They were around 14-16 and in a few more years will be pretty damn good looking.
Seder’s now-deleted tweet read: “Dont care re Polanski, but i hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/ a great sense of mise en scene”