Joy Reid went viral on TikTok for reasons other than completing a popular challenge or lip-syncing someone else’s voice. The MSNBC host found a method to interact with her viewers after using the social media app to discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and her remarks bursting on the internet.
Many people were offended, while others found it amusing.
The host of “The ReidOut” made a parallel between the 18-year-testimony old’s last week and the Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. When questioned about actions that could have a detrimental impact on their lives, both guys began to cry.
“This Kyle Rittenhouse trial,” she stated in the video, which has over 1 million views on Twitter. It made a lot of people think of something… I’m not sure what that was.”
“Oh, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, in which Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused of sexual abuse by a high school classmate, wept his way through the hearings to make him a permanent member and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court,” she said after a brief pause.
Rittenhouse and Kavanaugh, according to Reid and many other prominent social opponents, have purposefully utilized their emotions to win sympathy from the public (or whoever is determining their fate).
They aren’t the first to draw attention to the concept of “white tears” persuasion.
In 2018, NPR’s Leah Donnella wrote about the complexities of “white tears” a few months after Kavanaugh’s tears welled up in front of the Senate.
“The phrase has been used to gently mock white folks who get outraged when things threaten their white privilege,” she added.
These are the sentiments that Reid expressed in her video. “His tears turned out to be more powerful than Christine Blasey Ford’s tears, which were the tears of an alleged victim,” she said of Kavanaugh’s meltdowns.
(Ford’s statement during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing on Sept. 27, 2018, when she lay out her allegations that he raped her at a party when they were both teenagers was significantly more controlled than his rebuttal the next day.)
“There’s a thing in America about both white vigilantism and white tears, particularly male white tears,” she continued. Because that’s what Karens are, right? Really white tears in general. They Karen out, and then it’s severe waterworks as soon as they’re caught.”
“White males, too, can get away with it.” In the 1:25 minute video, the Harvard graduate explains why it has the same impact. “Even as the right tries to politicize the concept that multiculturalism and wokeism are robbing American males of their manhood. They still desire the ability to shed their tears.”
Reid’s comparison of Kavanaugh to cherub-faced Kyle Rittenhouse comes after Rittenhouse cried on the stand during his first-degree reckless homicide trial for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as the attempted first-degree intentional homicide for injuring Gaige Grosskreutz.
On the witness stand in his murder trial, Kyle Rittenhouse sobbed as he detailed the events of Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/bFoip1xmSg
November 10, 2021 — USA TODAY (@USATODAY)
Fox News’ Jimmy Failla was one of her detractors, commenting on Reid’s “Male, White Tears” video. “Shameless race-baiting clown,” he called her.
With many tweets utilizing a combination of the terms, conservatives have managed to generate attention around the allegation that Joy Reid is racist during the last three days.
Rittenhouse, an author, and ardent Trump supporter has threatened to sue Reid for “every penny she’s worth.”
Kyle Rittenhouse should sue @JoyAnnReid for all of her money. She is a VILE and racial liar.
November 13, 2021 — Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA)
Conservatives of color joined the fray as well. Melissa Tate, a conservative speaker, and author, accused the left of “creating a world where openly spewing nasty hatred towards whites is fine.”
This is repulsive, foolish, and uninformed. Joy Reid hasn’t lynched anyone or killed a large number of people. Because black folks like you can’t find a real way to contribute to the world, you turn to kissing bigots’ asses for a comeuppance.
Your lawn jockey act is as old as the United States of America. https://t.co/1sxOYJP6Gh
November 17, 2021 — Exavier Pope (@exavierpope)
Ms. Reid has remained silent in the face of the backlash.
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