Conservative TV host Tomi Lahren is not an intelligent woman; we want to preface this article with that warning to prevent you from futilely expending unnecessary brainpower deciphering her uncouth rhetoric.
Lahren is making headlines this morning after viciously blasting Beyonce over paying tribute to the Black Panthers during Super Bowl 50. According to Tomi, the “Formation” artist is a contemporary Benedict Arnold for using her halftime performance to push a “Black lives MATTER MORE” agenda instead of shucking and jiving for White people.
What Tomi gets, but will not admit because she’s a paid GOP troll, is that the #BLM message has always been “Black lives matter”. Not more. Just matter. The protests, the marches, they’ve never been orchestrated to proclaim that Blacks as an ethnic group are MORE valuable than any other, but that they’re just as valuable as any other.
“[Beyonce] just like President Obama, Jada Pinkett Smith, Al Sharpton and so many others that just can’t let America heal, you keep ripping off the historical bandaid. Why be a cultural leader when you can play the victim, right?” Tomi questions in a manner that has us wondering if she’s aware of the era she’s in.
Beyonce and so many others like her are not using their voices to abolish slavery, or lobby congress to establish a 15th Amendment, so the “historical bandaid” line is nutter (not to be confused with utter) nonsense. These cultural leaders, or “victims” if you will, are fighting to bring awareness and change to major issues impacting the Black community and consequently all of America. This isn’t a quality of life battle as much as it is a battle for the right to life.
Regardless, by the end of rant, Lahren’s real issue with Beyonce’s militant dance off with Bruno Mars becomes apparent: that being, what gives this Black woman the right to publicly denounce the unjustified murders of Black civilians instead of entertaining me? “Guess what Beyonce? White people like your music too. White people buy your songs on iTunes, memorize your lyrics and admire your talent and beauty. Little White girls wanna be like you just as little Black girls do, but instead of that, you’d rather perpetuate the great battle of the races,” Lahren proclaims in a statement that makes us wonder if she even bothered to watch the “Believe in Love” performance.
That being said, Tomi Lahren is on TV because she’s probably attractive to the people that watch her show, not because she’s a political scientist or sociologist or someone qualified to address society’s ills. She, like so many other journalists, play to an audience comprised of people seeking affirmation, not facts. It’s not her fault, really it’s not. Its ours. We as a society have failed because people like Tomi Lahren exist.
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