Let’s take a moment to think about how many people were involved in the process of creating this ad – from conception (can you imagine this person?) to its national airing to millions of people across America.
And not just White Americans.
Does it boggle the mind that the thousands of people involved in the process of creating this ad saw nothing wrong with it? Didn’t see anything racist about it? Thought it was just fine and dandy to broadcast on the most-watched night of American television to a nation which includes millions of Asian-American citizens?
Yet we somehow manage to remain unaware of, and even scoff at the idea of systemic racism.
But this Smackdown has a double-billing on its ticket. This one also goes to the reporter in this video.
Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell’s effusive praise of a minority victim whom he initially sought out for attack, reveals a disturbing double-edged sword of racism. O’Donnell first attacks the minority – thereby inciting a racist feeding frenzy – then uses the same blood-stained sword to save her from same feeding frenzy in an effort to disguise his own complicity.
While Hoekstra’s brand of racism slaps you right across your damn face, O’Donnell’s represents a much more subversive brand of racism. The kind disguised as ‘aid’ as he reconstructs his own self-image.
O’Donnell “put out an APB” in a very public forum – Twitter, no less – to “locate” (and, in the process, humiliate) the aspiring Asian actress, Lisa Chan, shown in Hoekstra’s bigoted campaign ad.
Rather than expend this enormous public effort humiliating Hoekstra, O’Donnell instead targets Chan – a young girl without even a mili-tenth of the smooth political savvy Hoekstra undoubtedly used to convince her to participate in his scummy ad. In his own display of journalistic savvy, O’Donnell latches onto this ethnic actress, and smears her with tar in prep for the feathering he knows will launch his ratings into orbit.
In a subsequent newscast, in which he reverses himself completely, O’Donnell performs a long-winded monologue berating politicians for both not apologizing for their errors, and for offering up insincere apologies.
Yet, this reporter himself does not apologize for singling out this particular Asian girl from the thousands of actors who daily sell out in some form. He does not apologize for his dogged, and very public targeting of her. He does not once apologize for being the self-righteous catalyst for what he describes as Chan’s “personal hell that she never saw coming.”
While I agree with everything he says about politicians and apologies, the manner in which he presents this comeuppance is disturbing in light of the fact that he himself threw Chan to the lions in order to garner ratings, and now uses her battered carcass to score points as a diversity advocate after the fact.
Throughout his ‘report’, O’Donnell offers no apology for his own over-the-top pursuit and humiliation of his targeted victim.
The degree of hypocrisy here is astounding.
A sincere apology from O’Donnell – the kind he attacks politicians for not giving – would have been much more appropriate. And more easily forgivable.
God help minorities on the receiving end of this smarmy brand of “advocacy.”
What’s your view of this issue?