“Company officials admitted that the perception of racism was more important than whether or not my tweet was actually racist.”
—Amber Athey, explaining how she was fired as a morning co-host of D.C.’s WMAL’s public affairs show, “O’Connor & Company.”
I will assume (Arguendo!) that Athey’s account is accurate; so far, the executives responsible haven’t denied it.
This is one of those periodic episodes that should be a trivial local story but that reverberates with significance. WMAL, owned by Cumulus Media, is a popular D.C. AM radio station (especially at “drive time”) regarded as “conservative” because it employs conservative talk radio pundits here and there until they cross some invisible line and get fired or driven away. Amber Athey, the Washington editor for The Spectator magazine, was fired from the “O’Connor & Company” morning radio for a stupid tweet on a stupid topic regarding a stupid woman.
Athey posted a snarky tweet during the State of the Union address mocking Vice President Kamala Harris’s fashion choice. She wore a chocolate brown business suit which Twitter dolts felt was worthy of ridicule. I think it’s fine and irrelevant to anything, but in today’s absurd political environment, not supporting a politician means that can do nothing right. With so much else wrong with Harris (not to mention the State of the Union message the color of her outfit had to be target?
Anyway, Harris in her suit was compared to a Hershey’s chocolate bar; others wondered why she chose to match the color of her chair. Athey, who is apparently 12, couldn’t resist joining the hilarity and offered a UPS joke, evoking the company’s now retired slogan, “What can brown do for you?” See, UPS trucks are brown. I’m sure we all remember that slogan fondly.
“No one had a problem with the tweet until a few days later, when I spoke critically of protests in favor of ‘trans kids’ at the University of North Texas,” Athey says. “A group of maniacal left-wing activists who want to chemically castrate children in the name of ‘gender affirmation’ came after me. All of a sudden, the Kamala tweet was being re-framed as racist and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my ‘bigotry.'”
The Woke Twitter mob set out to get her fired, because that’s what they do. Her primary employer, the conservative magazine “The Spectator” ignored the demands, but Cumulus Media did not. On March 9, she says she was contacted by company executives and told that that her tweet about Kamala was racist. They also objected to her dismissive and combative exchanges on Twitter with the race-baiters.”I had violated the company’s social media policy, they said, and I was terminated effective immediately,” Athey writes.
It’s obvious that there is nothing “racist” about her UPS joke. One has to set out to deliberately interpret it to mean what it doesn’t mean. In that distortion, “brown” refers to Kamala’s skin shade, and it can do no good.
Thus we reach the quote above, which is sinister. If the perception of racism, created by deliberate and malicious misinterpretation, is sufficient to justify a firing, a “cancellation,” or any negative action, then the Left’s reflex race-card ploy has gone nuclear. If someone calls you a racist, and enough dim-bulbs believe it because they said it, that’s good enough, according to the terrified, groveling, weak kneed and jelly-spined executives.
Their reasoning isn’t based of fairness, justice or the English language, it’s based on fear. Nor is this an outlier: in various ways many corporations have chosen to aide and abet the Left’s frighteningly effective efforts to make dissent from their agenda and criticism of their warriors not just difficult but dangerous. Progressives, Democrats and a large percentage of the media want to have any negative opinions, even jokes and certainly votes that don’t support black officials or their favored policies perceived as racist.
For their nefarious purposes, that’s good enough.
Pointer: The Blaze