is a pejorative
term that is notably used by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
to characterize opponents in the state legislature
over the state budget
History of the phrase
Schwarzenegger borrowed the term from a series of Saturday Night Live
sketches in which Dana Carvey
and Kevin Nealon
played bodybuilders named Hans and Franz
, large men with Austrian accents. The two characters, for obvious comic reasons, were characterized as cousins of Schwarzenegger. The inverted usage provides an element of irony to the comedy and the term, as well.
The term was first used by Schwarzenegger in the 1988 Presidential election
, accompanied by then Vice President George H.W. Bush
. He was shown attacking Bush's opponents, saying “They all look like a bunch of girlie men, right?" He repeated it in the 1992 election
, then campaigning for President Bush, again applying it to the Democratic candidates, as seen in the 1992 documentary Feed
by Kevin Rafferty
and James Ridgeway
. He used the phrase again on July 17, 2004, where he stated "f they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ...' if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men." He would use the term twice in the speech.
Schwarzenegger would later use the term at the 2004 Republican......