Yes, I am a special snowflake, but I’ll listen to the other side
by Rachel Poe
I will always be the first one to admit that I am not perfect. Lately, I’ve been working on being a more tolerant person when it comes to people with fundamentally different views than mine. I’m trying to understand them and where they are coming from to have open, honest discussions. However, you have to look hard to find one of those positive discussions; that’s my biggest issue with today’s political discourse. It’s not a discussion but a screaming match between the right and the left, berating each other until one is deemed morally superior. I shouldn’t have to say this, but that’s dumb as hell.
One of the biggest proponents of this constant screaming match is conservative commentator Tomi Lahren. You’ve probably seen a couple of Tomi’s rants circulating Facebook. She’s the angry Barbie with soulless eyes– you know who I’m talking about. She’s famous for the fact that she’s an objectively attractive woman with polarizing views-and who is therefore very easy to hate.
This past week Tomi made headlines, and not because of her usual hate-filled rants. She was reportedly “suspended” from her nightly talk show for the week on Glenn Beck’s conservative network, The Blaze, over remarks she said on The View. Tomi announced that she was pro-choice because she believed in limited government. “Stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body, as well,” she told the hosts of The View. Tomi went on to say that she thought pro-life Republicans were hypocritical to try regulating women’s bodies in such a way. Unsurprisingly the response from most of her viewers hasn’t been positive.
The backlash that Tomi is facing is not coming from the fact that she identifies as pro-choice, but the fact that she has to “rip” the other side to prove her point. It’s incredibly ironic for her to call anyone hypocritical. Tomi Lahren has made a career for herself by perpetuating misleading information and exercising her freedom of speech while simultaneously slamming us “snowflake” liberals for trying to exercise our own. She even previously called pro-choicers “baby killers.” She is nothing more than a bully with a national platform to ridicule anyone she doesn’t agree with. Now it’s blowing up in her face. I personally will never judge a person for being pro-choice or pro-life. I judge people from the way they treat others, and I’ve never seen Tomi say anything positive about someone who doesn’t fit her political alignment perfectly. She calls herself an independent thinker but trashes others for doing the same thing on the opposite side of the political spectrum. How is that independent thinking? To reinforce the line in the sand between conservatives and liberals?
Some of Tomi’s more famous rants include her distaste for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She especially criticized Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans and other minorities. When pressed by Trevor Noah of The Daily Show on how she thought #BlackLivesMatter should protest, she could only provide “peacefully.” Isn’t that what Kaepernick did? Additionally, Tomi has insulted International’s Women’s Day and the Women’s Marches. She simplified the fight for equal pay, reproductive rights for all, and the end to gender violence to playing the victim, belittling serious and universal issues.
Now if I take away her hypocritical stances and just listen to her talk, it physically pains me. She starts talking down to anyone who disagrees with her in this monotone voice, as she clearly just reads word for word off a promoter. To like-minded people, this seems like a great thing, putting us snowflakes in our place. This is the worst thing you can do as a political commentator. There’s one thing I know to be true: the moment you start to talk down to someone because of their beliefs, they stop listening to what you have to say, no matter who is right or wrong. I know I do this. Hell, if I get the slightest inkling that someone thinks they know better than me or is going to “tell me the facts,” I shut down, dig my heels in, getting ready to fight them.
Remember how I said I was trying to be more tolerant? Yeah. It’s a work in progress.
Also, snowflakes? Really? That’s the best she could come up with? To call liberals snowflakes? I don’t mind being called a snowflake. Snowflakes are beautiful individuals and a couple million of them can shut down New York City for a day. Not the worst thing to be called, and I’m pretty sure that’s not Tomi’s interpretation of “snowflake” either so win-win!
All Tomi Lahren does is continue to push this narrative that she’s somehow better than everyone because she’s “more informed.” No duh, she should be more informed. It’s her job to analyze and make connections in the news for her viewers because that’s the role of media in our society: to be the middle man between politicians and their constituents. But Tomi isn’t informed. She only adds to old, conservative tropes and never dares to criticize our current administration, blaming anyone and anything over those who are actually at fault. Being liberal or conservative, or Democrat or Republican, should not be synonymous with being morally right or wrong. There’s plenty of liberals that I do not like because being a liberal doesn’t mean that you can’t be a shitty person too. Same goes for conservatives.
I guess all I can say is be better than Tomi Lahren. Be willing to listen to others and don’t talk down to them. Don’t be afraid to call out people who you normally agree with on their bullshit. And don’t think you’re better than anyone else – we’re all pretty shitty at the end of the day.