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The Daily Show tweeted a bad tweet.

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas’ so-called “clinic shutdown” law was unconstitutional, marking one of the biggest victories for abortion rights advocates in two decades. The law jeopardizes various state laws that critics say prohibit safe, fast, easy abortion access for millions of American women. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the notorious RBG herself, said “when a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety.”

The Daily Show chose to celebrate with a bad tweet.

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It’s difficult to quantify all the ways in which this tweet is bad, but let’s try! It’s not funny, which is probably the least bad thing about it. It’s very irresponsible, but that’s Twitter for you. It assumes that the entirety of The Daily Show‘s audience are dudes — which could be considered overthinking the joke, except for the fact that The Daily Show has a notoriously brutal history with gender diversity.

Perhaps most glaringly, it plays directly into the most common anti-abortion line: That abortions are not about a woman’s right to choose, but a man’s right to dodge responsibility for his actions. According to this joke, the SCOTUS ruling is not a victory for women at all, but a victory for the men who want to tap that and ghost.

It drew rather predictable outrage from pro-life leaders like Fox News contributor Meghan McCain and Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemmingway. But in a rare showing of bipartisan unity on the abortion issue, plenty of progressive tweeters like Buzzfeed’s Katherine Miller and former Gawker editor Max Read piled on too.

The Daily Show eventually responded with a textbook demonstration of the apology-not-apology,

Not better!

It’s hardly a hot take to say this sort of laziness wouldn’t have flown under Jon Stewart, but this sort of laziness would not have flown under Jon Stewart. But Stewart isn’t at The Daily Show anymore. He’s buying Gawker. 

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