Unlike Playboy article that has been the source of so much chatter, Franken didn't pen this one. But the New York Magazine article about Saturday Night Live recounts an episode in which The Freaky One jokes about raping CBS News reporter Lesley Stahl.
Here's how Minnesota Democrats Exposed described it:
At a Capitol press conference, leading Republican women leaders today called on Al Franken to denounce another in a series of jokes that target women. In particular, the leaders condemned a joke that Franken proposed for a "Saturday Night Live" skit during the 1994-1995 season where he suggested the drugging and raping of CBS News reporter Lesley Stahl as comedy fodder.
"This is sick, sick, sick. To gleefully propose humor that makes light of date rape drugs and to joke about how one will take a prominent news anchor, drug her, and rape her and then take pictures of her while she is unconscious is horrendous and terrifying, said state Representative Laura Brod. "To the thousands of women in this nation who are raped and sexually assaulted, the prospect that a man who made his living joking about these things would be a United States Senator must be horrifying," Brod added.
In the New York Magazine article, dated March 13, 1995, entitled "Comedy Isn't Funny: Saturday Night Live At Twenty--How The Show That Transformed TV Became A Grim Joke" Franken veers off of a discussion of a skit involving Andy Rooney, and proposes a skit involving the drugging and rape of Lesley Stahl.Franken: And, "I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley's passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her." Or, "That's why you never see Lesley until February." Or, "When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her."
In light of Al's seemingly bottomless closet of sexual perversion, Mike Ciresi is thinking about getting back in the race.
Of course, we always knew he was a weirdo.