Sigh. Bristol Palin said a thing:
In a blog post on Tuesday, Palin said she agreed with Fox News contributor Stacey Dash opinion that both Black History Month and the BET network should not exist as special privileges for the black community.
“Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards,” Dash told Fox News host Steve Doocy last week.
Well, I don’t much like the thing that she said. Soooooooooo…my turn to say a thing (two actually):
1- I can *almost* see media outlets paying attention to Sarah Palin. She’s a former governor and she was a Vice Presidential candidate. Yes she’s a fuckwit swimming in conservative ideology who suffers from a lack of common sense and poor critical thinking skills who fails to hold evidence-based beliefs, but it makes *some* vague degree of sense for the media to pay attention to her love of word salad. Her daughter though? Not so much. Bristol is not a major public figure, a media mogul, a popular entertainer, or a politician. Giving her opinions a platform in the media elevates them to a position of importance in political discourse by treating them as something respectable. Granted, politicians, businessmen, and entertainers of all stripes express ridiculous, offensive, bigoted, or reprehensible views and the media reports on those beliefs. But again, those are people with some degree of public importance or influence. Bristol is, well, not to put too fine a point on it-she’s just not that important. Making matters worse, her beliefs aren’t being challenged. Her ignorant opinions are sitting there in public for all to see by a media that just regurgitates them without refuting them, probably in misguided attempt to appear fair and balanced. Too many media outlets are trying that “fair and balanced” approach. How about we ditch that approach and go for “educated and informed”? Bc not all beliefs are equal and not all arguments have two equivalent sides worth treating respectably.
2- Now, as for those opinions, I can’t believe this has to be pointed out given #OscarsSoWhite, but Hollywood typically does not recognize and honor the accomplishments of African-Americans. That’s bc Hollywood has a gargantuan bias in favor of white people. That’s why BET exists in the first place. BET was created to give black people a network that focused on their wants, needs, and desires. Duh. Black awards shows exist bc Hollywood refuses to honor the accomplishments of black people. I mean, it doesn’t take the savviest person to figure that out. I guess Bristol and her mother both share the same level of savviness. Which is about the same level as an oak tree.