White privilege means that you can cast judgment against women/other marginalized groups when they address matters of sexism, sexual harassment, the wage gap, or other social, political and/or legal issues, but when one or all of those things impact you, you publicly cry, file gargantuan lawsuits, and expect pity. Such has truly been the case with people like Andrea Tantaros, Megyn Kelly, and others who made great livings supporting the racist, sexist, and generally culturally and otherwise insensitive hate-speech of Fox News, but are now suing for seek millions after claiming harassment by former CEO Roger Ailes.
In that same vein, despite his deeply sexist and highly abusive rhetoric and decision to pick a Vice-President who prides himself in wanting to exert control over women’s bodies, over 50% of white females who voted in Election 2016, voted for Donald Trump. As if the policies of Trump, Pence, and those like-minded males who comprise their base don’t affect white females, many of them still support the Trump administration.
Where these females are concerned, actor Tina Fey is among those who has said it best:
‘A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV. You can’t look away because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually.’
With Fey’s comments in mind, one can only guess that that those who wish to be connected/employed by Trump, but aren’t, only openly support him because they think they will earn some kind of favor. One such person is Sarah Palin. At the expense of sounding flat-out ignorant, Palin seems to say whatever comes to mind where her support of Donald Trump is concerned.
Since it appears she thinks she is part of the good ol’ boys’ network, and she once worked for Fox News, one has to wonder if Palin was ever abused, assaulted, harrassed, or treated inappropriately by Roger Ailes or Bill O’Reilly. CNN’s Jake Tapper was wondering as well.
As part of an interview that included questions about her White House dinner with Donald Trump and fellow bigots Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, Tapper asked Palin if she’d ever experienced harassment of any kind while working at Fox. As if she is immune to being in the same position as those who have accused Ailes and O’Reilly, Palin answered:
‘I wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing. At the same time if a woman believes that she is being intimidated and harassed, she needs to stand up and do something about it, not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years, and then after the fact complain about what she went through.’
Palin’s privilege didn’t end there. Implying that women who are harassed and assaulted are weak, Palin asserted:
‘As a strong woman, I say, you know, we should be — feel more empowered than that and we should, you know, take a stand and get out of the place or, you know, blow the whistle on whoever is the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.’
Continuing to dance around Tapper’s original question, when asked why she didn’t return to Fox, Palin replied:
‘You know, I’m not going to speak for them. My contract wasn’t renewed, that’s the line.’
Tapper pressed harder and even called Palin out as sounding like she had in fact endured an incident/s, but Palin claimed:
‘I just — you know, it was time to part ways and, you know, get out there in, I guess, a more diverse arena to express views and to speak for the public, and that’s what I’ve been able to do now.’
Palin’s full interview with Jake Tapper may be viewed below:
Featured Image screenshot via YouTube.