Why NBC’s Privileged Liability, Megyn Kelly Isn’t “Sorry”
NBC’s lottery ticket, Megyn Kelly is dominating headlines for reasons that are quite familiar to those of us who are well-informed, when it comes to the hateful rhetoric that pretty much bedazzled her illustrious trajectory at Fox News — a network that’s recognized for it’s adherence to the religion of White supremacy.
I’ve been quite vocal about my utter disdain for Kelly, and that was formulated when she was still hosting her toxic show, The Kelly File — the platform that provided the authority to freely exert her bigoted views that expectedly targeted non-Whites.
The crux of my beef with Kelly is embedded in all the ways in which she brandishes her privilege, like necessary weaponry against Black people, including Black children.
That was evident in the infamous segment back in 2013, during the holiday season when Kelly disgustingly berated Black children in America for having the audacity to innocently believe that a Black Santa Claus was going to deliver their gifts to honor the birthday of a Black Jesus.
Kelly was adamant about the fact that both notable figures of folklore are in fact White men who naturally cater to White children, including her own.
The startling aspect of her attack on Black children is rooted in the vileness of how a White women takes pleasure in callously mocking the dispositions of the offspring of Black women — utilizing a method that aims to center the narrative of the season of goodwill around the privilege of Whiteness — by enhancing the potency of exclusivity.
What kind of a person relishes the opportunity to shame Black children for daring to visualize Santa and Jesus as the template that resembles their beautiful dark skin, and why would you emphatically dispute that on television?
And more importantly why is a White woman with a soaring career and all the other enviable items that are easily garnered by those who share her station, so bloody concerned about how innocent Black children that she only interacts with when riding the Subway — decide to celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year?”
Perhaps, Kelly’s valued Whiteness and how it has given her permission to wield it in the manner of her choosing has ultimately created a well-polished monster, who represents the worst version of what feminism can produce, and certainly what White feminism tends to fundamentally amass in the calculated motive of non-allyship — and the convenience of blissful ignorance.
This venomously-laced approach was also applied to a case that was emotionally cumbersome for Black women like me, who saw themselves in Sandra Bland, and were bereft at the notion that something so heinously unjustifiable could befall a law-abiding citizen — who did nothing to deserve the appallingly brutal treatment that was captured on film.
Megyn Kelly once again used her TV show on Fox to demonize Bland by lazily relying on the practiced stereotype of the “angry Black woman,” and how that characteristic rightly motivated the traffic cop to violently yank a woman out of her car, pummel her multiple times on the concrete floor before tossing her in the vehicle that drove to her death.
Megyn Kelly On Sandra Bland Case: "Even If You Know The Cop Is In The Wrong, Comply And Complain…
Megyn Kelly On Sandra Bland Case: "Even If You Know The Cop Is In The Wrong, Comply And Complain Later"
When White women attempt to demonstrate support for women of color, it never happens during the times when it matters most. It’s always staged to their advantage, and with the guarantee that the sacrifice will be minimal.
And then you have White women like Kelly, who aren’t interested in the value of being a well-positioned ally — despite the the glaring evidence of how her Black counterparts are systematically oppressed in a country that traditionally operates for her benefit.
Instead of publicly acknowledging and condemning the graphic violence that was exacted on Sandra Bland, who basically committed the crime of exerting her rights in the face of authority — and additionally reiterating how White women are exempt from these instances of extreme brutality — Kelly chose to vilify a Black woman who tragically died in custody.
She was comfortable with the assignment of magnifying the already hostile climate that encompasses the lives of Black people in America by dutifully enacting the rulebook of White supremacy — that suggests the falsehood of how our brutish and uncouth tendencies force law enforcement to handle us accordingly.
White people, particularly White woman are able to express their range of emotions without fear or hesitation because of the assumption that they will be treated fairly regardless of their deplorable antics, and undoubtedly that level of privilege makes it easy to contentedly blame Black victims for contributing to their state of oppression.
Considering Kelly’s track record at Fox, and how her hateful rhetoric was closely associated to her reputation and playbook of hits, it was quite shocking to receive the news of her departure from her longtime employer to her new home at NBC.
Her arrival was notable for the ambitious deal that bequeathed her with the morning show — Megyn Kelly Today with a three-year contract worth a staggering $69 million dollar s— which was less than half of the combined salaries of NBC staples Al Roker and Tamron Hall — who both co-hosted the time slot that Kelly was awarded.
Hall swiftly left the network when the announcement of Kelly’s hiring was official, and her absence was the jarring reminder of how an over-indulged White woman, who made a career out of being a highly-paid bigot — was able to score a splashy gig at the expense of a much more talented and honorable Black journalist — who despite paying her dues to a thankless employer — was unceremoniously forced out.
When Megyn Kelly Today premiered in September 2017 — it was immediately clear that NBC had ill-advisedly invested in a bland and talentless bore, who was poised to become a very expensive liability.
The initial ratings reflected the lackluster tone of the show, and it was embarrassingly obvious that Kelly didn’t and still doesn’t possess the charisma or any of the winning qualities that are required to successfully propel a highly-touted morning show beyond satisfactory expectations.
A year later — and Kelly’s performance is just as bad if not worse when you factor in that the ratings this past April hit a new low with an audience that was “18% smaller than the audience for NBC’s previous hosts in her spot, Tamron Hall and Al Roker.”
There have also been persistent behind-the-scenes rumblings that indicate how NBC staffers resent the presence of Kelly, and feel that the silver platter she was offered has only garnered disastrous results. There’s also the claims of her unsurprisingly off-putting behavior and how her penchant for centering her interests in active matters is taking its toll.
Kelly, alleged that she was a victim of the late Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, and yet she was unable to show empathy to Christine Blasey Ford when she bravely stepped forward to testify about her own harrowing experience at the hands of Justice Kavanaugh.
And staffers at NBC were reportedly annoyed at Kelly when she insinuated that she had damning information regarding former Today Show host, Matt Lauer during an interview with People magazine, where she declared:
“I know too much that others don’t know.”
Kelly is essentially a newbie at the network, and her bold statement was received as another example of how she tends to devour the conservations that revolve around activated issues like the #MeToo movement as a way to fuel her personal agenda.
But nothing is more revolting than her latest gem, that saw her enthusiastically champion the right for White people to wear Blackface during Halloween season.
Kelly wielded her privilege on a reputable network that isn’t known to blatantly host elements of White supremacy, by comfortably vocalizing her opinion on a subject that she’s woefully unqualified to moderate, and ended up flawlessly recalling the nostalgia of her racist reign at the equally racist Fox News.
The backlash was severe, as Black colleagues at NBC, including Al Roker and Today co-host Craig Melvin, took the time to express their disappointment at Kelly’s decision to validate the practice of donning Blackface — when the historical references that illustrate the dangerous role it continues to play in heightening racial stereotypes — is a well-known fact.
Kelly issued a half-assed on-air apology that contained all the ingredients of an actress who was able to summon the dramatics that she hoped would reveal the human side of a privileged bigot — who is used to getting paid for embodying exactly that for a receptive audience.
There was even the inclusion of political commentator Roland Martin and PBS’s Amy Holmes who are people of color with high-profile media positions, who inexplicably agreed to participate in the public sanitizing of a White woman who demonstratively hates Black people.
And NBC spared no expense with the well-rehearsed segment, as the increased number of Black people in the audience who followed the order of a standing ovation in response to the “apology with no tears,” was cunningly finessed to enhance the viability of a sinking ship.
Here’s the thing, Megyn Kelly isn’t sorry, and furthermore she needs to go.
It’s astounding that NBC willingly invited Kelly to join the network, even after being aware of her profoundly damaging rhetoric, and how risky it was to trust her seamless transition from a conservative platform with an audience of White nationalists — to a more liberal outlet with a diverse audience.
White privilege is the most valued currency in America, and it endorses the habitual need to coddle White women, even when they’ve earned the very opposite reception. Despite her atrocious actions towards the Black community, including Black children, somehow Kelly is able to enjoy a thriving and profitable career without the threats of disciplinary measures.
When new employees join a company, the process of orientation typically includes reading through a handbook that contains the rules of conduct that must be adhered to — and if any of those rules are broken, the consequences can be severe.
Why is NBC loyally harboring a very pricey mistake that is not only bleeding money, but also using its platform as an extension of a rival network that has always represented the ugliest themes that these country has to offer?
Megyn Kelly will never change because as she admitted during her pathetic performance, she’s “never been a PC kind of person,” and that basically proves her preference for resorting to racially-charged topics that expose her instinctual need to demean and dehumanize Black people without caution.
NBC is complicit in this climate of racial strife and the great divide that’s getting wider and deeper under the diseased leadership of bullish president who recently outed himself as a nationalist.
There’s no doubt that Megyn Kelly’s employment at NBC was a dire mistake, and her Whiteness secured under the banner of White feminism is keeping her controversial status activated — but at what cost?
Is NBC really up to the task of maintaining the destructive stance of shamelessly retaining a White woman, who defiantly offended shocked viewers with blissful childhood memories of what tragically serves as a horror show for the Black population?
Based on the increasing value of Whiteness that’s prevailing, and the rumors of an imminent reassignment, the answer is yes, but we predict that the future will force NBC to be very sorry for their complacency.