Top 5 Insane Moments from Ousted MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry
As everyone knows by now, Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry has been dumped by MSNBC as of last week due to hurling out a racially-charged email exchange between some MSNBC executives. This is a part of her looney behavior that she has expressed throughout her shows short 4 year run. Here are the top 5 gems from that short time period:
#5: 9/11 Created An ‘Imagined Racial Enemy’, ‘Gave America PTSD’
In 2012, Harris-Perry gave a speech at the annual Take Back the American Dream conference. There, she claimed that 9/11 put American into a “nationalist fervor” which was “similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. She went on to say this:
America in part defines who we are and who deserves what through our notions of whiteness and the racial enemies that are the non-whites.And in this moment, the new racial enemy became not so much Reagan’s ‘welfare queen,’ who was imaginary, but instead this imagined other that is somehow Muslim, or Arab, or Sikh, or something else.We became willing to stomach a kind of horrific racial violence in the name of national security. It is something that we have been willing to stomach as a people over and over again in our history.
While talking about it on his nightly program, Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly said this:
Unbelievable, so we the United States are racist because we defend ourselves against radical Islam on 9/11. How do you… you can’t combat that!
#4: Being Poor is Risky!
Later that year on her MSNBC show, one of her guests suggested that if people wanted to succeed, they needed to take risks and get out there and try. In other words, work hard to achieve something. It was then when Harris-Perry exploded and said this:
Seriously, what in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it’ll be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No! There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won’t, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness!
#3: Quack Like a Duck For Me Please?
Earlier last year, Eric Holder resigned from his position as Attourney General. When Harris-Perry interviewed him, she gushed over his tenure, which led to this bizarre exchange:
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: You know, we know we call you the duck in nerd land.
ERIC HOLDER: The duck?
HARRIS-PERRY: We call you the duck. So in nerd land we say you have a very sort of placid and even way of presenting, but you are just working for justice underneath. Would you quack for us?
HOLDER: Well, I’m not sure I’m going to do that, but I like the analogy.
#2: The Term ‘Hard Work’ is Akin to Slavery!
The Woody Woodpecker-style nutcase behavior Harris-Perry is known for continued to get more and more insane as the year 2015 was about to come to a close. The insanity was taken to the extreme when she actually compared the term ‘hard worker’ to something European settlers in North America would call their slaves. This comment was so over-the-top that even Mike Rowe of CNN had to call her out:
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: [B]ut I want us to be super careful when we use the language “hard worker,” because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like. So, I feel you that he’s a hard worker. I do, but in the context of relative privilege, and I just want to point out that when you talk about work-life balance and being a hard worker, the moms who don’t have health care who are working —
AGUILAR: I understand that.
HARRIS-PERRY: But, we don’t call them hard workers. We call them failures. We call them people who are sucking off the system.
AGUILAR: No, no, no, no.
HARRIS-PERRY: No, no. Really, ya’ll do. That is really what you guys do as a party.
AGUILAR: That is very unfair. I think we cannot generalize about the Republican Party.
HARRIS-PERRY: That’s true. Not all Republicans. That is certainly true.
#1: Star Wars Is Racist!
Perhaps the most insane rant she ever put out on her show was how she thought the legendary Star Wars franchise (now owned by The Walt Disney Company) was racial propaganda. It was probably the lowest any host working for an alleged TV news channel could go.
Yeah, like, the part where he was totally a black guy whose name basically was James Earl Jones, who, and we were all, but while he was black, he was terrible and bad and awful and used to cut off white men’s hands, and didn’t, you know, actually claim his son.