If you've never watched Wife Swap, you haven't missed much, but you would have missed Stephen Fowler, the pompous ass who insulted not just Gayla Long (his wife swap) by calling her "uneducated, over opinionated and overweight," but much of America as gun-totin', fascistic, militaristic yahoos. Here are the videos:
Apparently, Fowlers bizarre and obnoxious behavior has steamed more than a few of the Midwesterners he insulted repeatedly.
Internet message-board commenters went even crazier than usual, posting Fowler's home address, which in turn prompted him to threaten to sue the website where it had appeared. Someone launched stephenfowlersucks.com. On Friday, Fowler finally apologized publicly (on his wife's weight-loss blog) and resigned from the boards of two environmental nonprofits on which he served. And his wife apologized, too, stating that he needed "professional help."
Unfortunately, while watching the videos, I couldn't help but think that Fowler was simply expressing an opinion held by prominent liberals as well as bloggers and their commenters. You don't have to look very hard on the internet to see this opinion of Midwesterners expressed on liberal blogs everywhere. The outrage over Fowler's behavior is justified; unfortunately, he's just behaving like a large part of the lunatic Left.