( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Commentator Tomi Lahren Hired by Fox
ENSPIRE Contributor: Tylah Willis
On August 30th, 2017 Tomi Lahren announced her new position at FOX news via Twitter. FOX News was number 1 in cable networks according to Adweek, being the most viewed news network in July 2017. With this new platform, Lahren will be allowed to easily transition from her reactionary commentary on The Blaze to a larger audience. Tomi is well known for her criticism on the Blaze after her comments about Beyonce’s “racist” Super Bowl performance in 2016, Jesse Williams BET acceptance speech, and many other events that encourage black empowerment.
Tomi Lahren has made a name for herself by using disparaging commentary in regards to black celebrities. At the 2016 Super Bowl, Beyonce wowed the crowd with her halftime performance which honored the Black Panther Party (a 1960’s revolutionary group that fought against oppression and also provided free meal programs across the United States). Tomi Lahren became the unofficial spokesperson for many conservatives in the U.S. who were furious with the performance’s message. On her segment at the Blaze, Lahren expressed how irritated she and her audience were about advocating for black issues in America during the Super Bowl. She describes it as “ramrodding an aggressive agenda down our throats while using fans and entertainment to do so.”
Lahren statements about the Super Bowl brought her fame and recognition within the right-wing demographic. Lahren used her newfound platform to attempt to discredit Jesse Williams BET awards acceptance speech. Williams gave a powerful speech at the 2016 BET awards, sparking a strong reaction in the crowd when he spoke about black people fighting against oppression and police brutality. “What we’ve been doing is looking at the data, and we know that police have managed to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day.” In her response, she states, “ Though the term unarmed black man may be literally accurate, it doesn’t tell the whole story in most cases.” In which cases must this statement apply to and why should it justify the murders of unarmed black people? Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, Keith Scott and much more were unarmed but still killed under the infamous alibi of “I feared for my life” or none what so ever.
Almost a year after her career began, Tomi Lahren sued Glenn Beck claiming they fired her because of her views on abortion. On her interview on the View, she insinuated that she was pro choice after stating, “stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.” After her appearance aired, The Blaze suspended her show.