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Chicago anthropologist weighs in on “pimp-gate”

13 February, 2008

More on the U.S. presidential race and tenuous links with anthropology: Michael Silverstein, a professor of anthropology, linguistics and psychology at the University of Chicago, was asked to weigh in on “pimp-gate,” the scandal where MSNBC anchor David Shuster was suspended after suggesting on-air that the Hillary Clinton campaign was “pimping out” Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea.

Here’s the quote I loved:  “To say that someone is pimping is really an extraordinarily negative description,” said University of Chicago’s Silverstein. “It takes a lot of work to use it so ironically that it becomes positive.”

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