It is interesting to view the troupes that play out in our society with an objective eye. It allows one to dispassionately observe the hypocrisy of members of political parties as they attempt to justify their contradictory paradoxical behavior.
A fine example of this is none other than the recent dismissal of Tomi Lahren from The Blaze. Was Tomi Lahren fired for not knowing her place? Or is something more at work?
It’s a man’s world
It’s been argued by many media observers that Tomi Lahren’s rise is largely due to her sex appeal, in addition to her insistence on playing the bad guy when social issues come into the conversation.
She thinks Black Lives Matter is the new KKK, Trump is reasonable, Mexicans steal jobs, and Syrians should go back and fight for their own country. Sure, these ideas are often devoid of real substantive commentary but great for inciting a reaction.
The blonde bombshell has withstood constant criticism and accusations of being racist. Petitions were written to have her fired from The Blaze but the petitions went nowhere; that is, until she expressed an opinion that many conservatives disliked.
During a taping of the view on March 17, 2017, Tomi appeared as a guest and explained to the audience that she was a constitutional conservative, which meant she wanted a smaller government. According to her, this meant that the government should stay away from guns and her womb. Upon announcing to the world she was pro-choice, she was immediately suspended from The Blaze. During the following days, it was announced that she would not return to The Blaze and she is now fighting over the ownership of her Facebook page.
Where did this rising star go wrong?
Politics or sexism?
Many in the media are claiming that she was dismissed for being a woman who champions women’s issues. This is possible, if one considers abortion exclusively a women’s issue. On the other hand, it could be argued that she was dismissed for holding a view that upset conservatives. Which one is it?
I tend to think that it is both. It appears that The Blaze was fine with her seeming racist, bigoted, xenophobic and Islamophobic remarks. They were also fine with her sexualized portrayal. However, the moment she crossed that pro-choice line, all bets were off.
The truth is probably that The Blaze, as a business, is catering to a certain market; a market that is not interested in hearing Tomi talk about her nuanced ideas regarding her conservative position. I am not sure why Tomi would view this as a negative. She can take her following and go elsewhere. That is exactly what Milo Yiannopoulos did when he and Breitbart parted ways. I guess the difference is that Milo wrote much of what he said, I am not sure if the same can be said of Tomi Lahren.
Gary St. Fleur
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