Meghan McCain, the only conservative host of ABC’s The View, complained on Thursday that Twitter has become a hotbed of toxicity that perpetuates misery and ruins people’s lives.
McCain faced an onslaught of criticism on Wednesday after she perpetuated white victimhood on the air.
She complained that the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 providing financial assistance to Black farmers was unfair to white people:
We’re going to a place where even if [white] people need money, even if [white] people are qualified to get into Ivy Leagues, race and gender is more important than your skill qualifications, the content of your character. It is not what Martin Luther King Jr. preached. I think this is a very, very slippery slope.
She also suggested that one of the show’s white panelists should quit in order to make room for an Asian-American:
I think this is just the natural progression of identity politics. ‘The View’ is 25 years old next year. We’ve only had one Asian American host co-host this show. So does that mean that one of us should be leaving at some point because there’s not enough representation? We’re talking about is identity politics more important than qualifications for a job? And I think that’s a question going forward that the progressive left is going to have to reconcile.
On Thursday, McCain said that although she appreciates the freedom of expression that Twitter grants its users, the digital atmosphere often becomes degrading, mean, and polluted with personal attacks:
I was trending on Twitter yesterday. I don’t think it’s ever been positive. It’s always something negative. It’s not just random people. It’s people with blue checkmarks and I don’t need a pity party. I said yesterday there’s no crying in baseball. I’ve chosen to do this work, this is not indentured servitude. I’m the one conservative woman in all of mainstream television. I’m the only one left. With that, I’m saying things that are not said in an echo chamber. I say things that people just don’t want to hear, and if they disagree with me, it automatically becomes personal about how fat I am, I’m a disgusting white woman of privilege, I only get anywhere because of my dad. Everything you guys have already said, it’s not anything I haven’t thought and felt and been insecure about for my whole life.
The problem is that every time I say something political that people don’t like, it becomes deeply personal, and now it’s involving my child. So I get it. I get why Chrissy Teigen can’t do it. It has 100 percent impacted my mental health. I have suffered from depression because of things people have done to me on social media, but I don’t feel like I’m in a place where I can’t quit social media because I need it for my job. It’s a Catch 22. We’re living in an absolutely toxic time.
The problem is that McCain’s situation is not equivalent to Tiegan’s, who deleted her account due to incessant racism. Rather, McCain spits out inflammatory catchphrases on live television and then gets bent out of shape when readers and viewers call her out.
McCain added that she “feels bad for the teenagers and young people who are being bullied in school and think there’s no other freaking option except to kill themselves.”
Indeed – online bullying is unacceptable in all forms and should absolutely not be tolerated by social media platforms, however, users – especially public figures like McCain – nonetheless have a personal responsibility to consider the consequences of their words before they decide to post.
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