Kamala Joke Lands Conservative Host Without A Job — Company Called Joke “Racist”

A D.C.-based conservative journalist says she was a victim of censorship after she was fired by the talk radio station WMAL-FM for a joke she made about Vice President Kamala Harris.

Amber Athey, the Washington editor for The Spectator magazine, wrote on Monday that the conservative-leaning radio station, which is owned by Cumulus Media, fired her from the “O’Connor & Company” morning radio program for violating the company’s social media policy with a “racist” tweet.

“About a month ago today, I posted a tweet during the State of the Union address poking fun at Vice President Kamala Harris’s outfit,” Athey recounts in her article. “Harris wore a chocolate brown business suit that was panned on social media — some users compared her to a Hershey’s chocolate bar, while others wondered why she wore the same color as her chair. I went for a UPS joke, featuring the company’s now retired slogan.”

The joke was, “Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you? Nothing good, apparently.”

The line “what can brown do for you” is a reference to an old UPS slogan. In 2010, the company replaced that slogan in favor of, “We (heart) Logistics.”

But left wing agitators on Twitter mischaracterized her joke as a racist attack on Harris, who is of black and Indian descent.

“No one had a problem with the tweet until a few days later, when I spoke critically of protests in favor of ‘trans kids’ at the University of North Texas,” Athey writes. “A group of maniacal left-wing activists who want to chemically castrate children in the name of ‘gender affirmation’ came after me. All of a sudden, the Kamala tweet was being re-framed as racist and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my ‘bigotry.'”

She says that members of the online outrage mob tried to cancel her by contacting her employers at The Spectator. While the magazine “laughed at and promptly deleted the angry emails about my Kamala Tweet,” the top brass at Cumulus Media took issue with her tweet.

Athey had been hired as one of three female co-hosts of “O’Connor & Company” in the fall. On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 9, she says she was contacted by Jeff Boden, the vice president of Cumulus Washington, D.C, and Kriston Fancellas, the vice president of Human Resources about her social media post.

“They told me that the tweet I sent about Kamala was ‘racist’ and that subsequent follow-ups defending myself and making fun of the efforts to cancel me were unacceptable. I had violated the company’s social media policy, they said, and I was terminated effective immediately,” Athey writes.

“They did not have the courtesy to offer me an opportunity to defend myself, nor did they speak to anyone at the program before handing down their decision,” she added.

Athey says that during multiple attempts to appeal her employer’s decision, “company officials admitted that the perception of racism was more important than whether or not my tweet was actually racist.” Her appeals were unsuccessful.

She also accused WMAL of continuing to use her image and bio on its website and social media channels to promote their paid programming, even though she was fired.

“I am racist enough not to be paid, but not so racist that my likeness cannot be affiliated with the station, apparently,” she writes.

She says that she wanted her job back, but now feels “obligated” to speak out about how she was censored.

“This incident has destroyed the integrity and reputation of WMAL and Cumulus as hosts of conservative content. We spoke frequently about the dangers of censorship and cancel culture on our program, and yet here they are bowing to the mob. If I can be fired for making fun of the vice president’s outfit, every single host on a Cumulus station is in danger of losing their job at a moment’s notice. Political commentary is worthless if it can’t be used to speak truth to those in power without fear of professional consequences.”

Since publishing her article, Athey tweeted that WMAL and Cumulus are “doing damage control” and have removed her image from their social media pages and websites.

Larry O’Connor, Athey’s former co-host, said Monday that he has “been fighting all month” to get her back on the air and that he “will continue to do whatever I can.”

“I still hope that [Cumulus Media] will do the right thing,” he said.

Cumulus Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Original Content: https://www.theblaze.com/news/conservative-journalist-says-she-was-fired-by-d-c-talk-radio-station-over-racist-joke-about-kamala-harris-sotu-outfit?

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10 comments

  1. What a crock!! Anything said these days can be made into a racist comment! I don’t care! Anyone should be able to criticize the VP and any of her many flaws. She, along with the president, are laughing stocks most of the time. The media turns a blind eye and deaf ear to anything going on in the first and second families. If one of President Trump’s sons was involved in antics like Hunter Biden, the press and congress would be demanding all sorts of punishment; but then, I guess maybe, Hunters problems are caused by Trump, huh?? All truths and comments should be fair game in a country where free speech and no censorship has always prevailed, and this young lady should never have been fired over petty remarks about Harris’ Hilary Clinton attire!! Especially when they were true!!

  2. What a crock!! Anything said these days can be made into a racist comment! I don’t care! Anyone should be able to criticize the VP and any of her many flaws. She, along with the president, are laughing stocks most of the time. The media turns a blind eye and deaf ear to anything going on in the first and second families. If one of President Trump’s sons was involved in antics like Hunter Biden, the press and congress would be demanding all sorts of punishment; but then, I guess maybe, Hunters problems are caused by Trump, huh?? All truths and comments should be fair game in a country where free speech and no censorship has always prevailed, and this young lady should never have been fired over petty remarks about Harris’ Hilary Clinton attire!! Especially when they were true!! You’re nitpicking. No duplicate there!

  3. Looks like Amber Athey has a WORKING BRAIN !!!!!!!!!!!! So of course she was fired !!!!!!!!!!!!
    They can’t allow someone with intelligence working for them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. How did AA ever get her job in the first place?!

    The name Amber itself is racist. It excludes people who are red, black, white, even brown (not being racist here!).

    In fact, the name makes you think of “ambidextrous,” which means — I don’t know what it means, but it sounds dirty and anti-LGBT (acronym for lambs, goats, bison and transpecies).

    Maybe even worse, her name can be found in “America, the Beautiful” in a reference to waves. Don’t pretend that ain’t racist!

    AA should pay reparations to all non-amber people.

    Case closed.

  5. Give her her job back. Kamel butt can’t do anything without showing just how stupid she is

  6. I’ll go against the grain here – while the post wasn’t intended as racist, it should have been clear from the get go how easily it could be called out that way. Just replace the Vice President with the former President in the tan suit — that post would never be published by a person trying to be a credible political commentator. Yes, it is common to fuss about politicians’ clothes that don’t seem to suit the occasion, but is an off-color commentary of something so trivial worth hanging your hat on? A simple retraction and a few apologies will be needed at some point to move forward in roles like this. There are more important topics to address.

  7. Every thing is racist now.. if you drive a white car.. you are racist.. if you like Angel food cake better than devil’s food cake.. you are racist ( oh and by the way.. WHY IS .. Angel food .. white.. and Devil’s food .. black? That in itself is racist.) … if you like vanilla instead of chocolate.. we’ll.. you get the point. I haven’t been canceled yet.. but.. it could come any day now.

  8. frederick fetty jr

    I really wish I had known being an anti-racist was so profitable years ago, I would have stood on a street corner and shouted out my sins of being a white male who feels remorse about all my white privileges. As it is today, I am a 78 year old 100% disabled Combat Vietnam Veteran who searches all the publications I can find to get the best food stamp deals. Did anyone hear about the BLM member leadership buying a 6 million dollar mansion with BLM donations money??? I guess that is another example of white privilege but with a darker shade of white. We will call that chocolate white privilege.

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