At this Point, Tomi Lahren is a Meme

Tomi Lahren is pretty well known online, but she also hosts her own television show on The Blaze. I think it’s one of those channels that you might have, but never really watch. People mostly know her through the videos from her show that she posts on Facebook. Whenever Lahren goes viral, I usually disagree with whatever she’s saying. I struggle to see her as intellectual. A lot of her statements have little logic to them.

When Jesse Williams gave a speech at the BET Awards, he said, regarding race, “If you have a critique for the resistance – for our resistance – then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression.” Lahren pointed out that many white people fought against slavery in the civil war. I’m sure that’s true, but I think Williams was talking more about present day prejudice. Lahren also said that Williams encouraged a racial divide by discussing the hardships that black people face. But I think he was acknowledging the divide rather than trying to create one. Racism is real and something that should be acknowledged.

Lahren went viral again for critiquing Colin Kaepernick after he chose to not stand for the national anthem to protest the mistreatment of people of color. It was a peaceful protest that he has every right to partake in. Lahren mentioned that Kaepernick was raised by two white parents who adopted him, so he shouldn’t demonize white people. I think it’s possible to recognize racism and be against it while still realizing that not all white people are racist.

I don’t know how someone can have such low comprehension skills. She actually feels these things and she truly thinks she’s right. At this point, Tomi Lahren is a meme. Well, she’s a meme amongst young people, anyways. We (as in younger people. I’m 20) don’t take Tomi Lahren seriously.  Some of the ways I’ve seen twitter make fun of her are:

  • Lahren told rapper Wale that “if you’re gonna put someone in a song…diss ’em.. perhaps get their fricken name right next time He responded “OK Tammy.” Now, everyone calls Lahren various names that begin with the letter T, like “Tiffany,” “Tabitha,” etc. At some point, we’re going to start calling her things like “Twilight Lantern” and “Throat Lisperer.”
  • Sometimes, people tweet a screencap of Lahren talking with fake quotes that are an exaggerated version of something she would way. For example, something like “Black light? The loving left sure does love naming things after black people. But make no mistake – they would protest a white light.”
  • People found Lahren’s old tweets. She was really sad about being single on Valentine’s Day a few years ago. She also wanted to “pop that p.” Years ago, she tweeted about getting a job through her mom. More recently, she tweeted that Republicans are all about not having things handed to them. The hypocrisy of this one was funny to a lot of people. Social media can be so great, but it sort of makes it harder to reinvent yourself. 
  • People will also make fun of Lahren’s hair. In some pictures, it’s obvious that she wears hair extensions. It’s not well blended. I don’t like to make fun of people for the way they look, so I don’t really participate in this one. I think if Lahren was more liked, people wouldn’t care about her extensions. It’s sort of a cherry on top of all of the things people already make fun of her for.

Will we ever take Tomi Lahren seriously? I don’t know. The Internet has a tendency to not forget things. I’ve seen screenshots of things Taylor Swift posted on MySpace. Harambe memes thrived for months. It’s so odd to me that she has such a huge platform even though she often doesn’t make sense, but I guess that’s what the Internet is all about – allowing anyone to become significant.  

 

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