MILLINOCKET, Maine, February 15, 2015 – Melissa Harris-Perry obviously
thought that it would be a cutesy moment. Harris-Perry, MSNBC host and Wake Forest University professor of Politics and International Affairs interviewed Attorney General Eric Holder on-air last week.
During the interview, she said to Holder, “You know, we call you the duck, in nerdland, we call you the duck. In nerdland, we say you have a very placid and even way of presenting, but you are just working for justice underneath.”
Now if Harris-Perry had left her comment there, all would have been well and everyone would have considered that she was speaking as the Princess of Nerdland.
Instead she expected Holder to embellish her imagery by asking him, “Would you quack for us?”
He must have been thinking, “Are you out of your mind, woman!?” But his reply was polite, “Well I’m not sure I want to do that, but I like the analogy.”
And he went on to embellish that analogy in his own way.
In the following days, assessments of Harris-Perry’s “quack” question on ran from “stupid” to “creepy” to “humiliating.” But in reality it was just a case of media fawning over an important person, and an attempt at humor.
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So we couldn’t resist showing you a few examples of… well…duck holders.
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