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Bill O’Reilly was on air. It wasn’t a commercial break. He did not think his mic was off. He boldly and intentionally made the claim that while observing a speech by Ms. Waters that he “didn’t hear a word she said because he was looking at the James Brown wig.” He really thought it was ok to mock Ms. Waters for the same reasons there was a level of ease and comfort with public mocking of Michelle Obama which is however different from the reasons Hilary Clinton was mocked. And obviously totally separate from the reasons Trump is mocked. Let’s dissect it. This kind of arrogance and entitlement come from a long history of having the upper hand. When opponents are met with intelligence and power the side that’s used to “winning” thought it was ok, in this instance, to hit below the belt. Whether you agree or not with congresswoman Water’s political POV it’s wrong to attack a woman’s hair, body, features, clothes. O’Reilly’s comment was sophomoric at best but more so a sad reflection of our current political landscape. Recalling when #45 went after Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz’s wife during the election. You all remember that, right?
So what’s different between mocking Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Why aren’t there equal mocking opportunities for all of them? Because, as history would have it one of these three have had power and privilege by virtue of sex and race. And as we know the black woman has fought long against concepts of unattractiveness in a color obsessed society. I would love to know what you all think! Comment below!
Until next time belles,