For those who thought that Megyn Kelly was really going to emasculate Donald Trump and bring him to bear on a host of unpresidential remarks targeting specific groups, various people and in particular herself, there is quite a bit of disappointment that you will have to get through.
This hyperreal interview “special” hosted by an opportunistic former lawyer turned quasi-journalist did nothing of the sort. In fact, it appears they have so much in common between them that their mutual respect for one another could not have been more apparent. Whatever their face value might be to you corporatists have already cashed in on what many consumers have bought into from the charade between two of the most opportunistic individuals that you can easily imagine there to be.
The Bigger Picture Here
There is plenty of hegemonic undertones here that defy socioeconomic equality and democracy, and yet status quo of the prevailing social construct of wealth, race, and celebrity remains highly credible and influential as representative of dominant American culture and values.
Now there is no doubt that there are plenty of women, minorities, and the less-affluent supporting and having respectable views of both Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump in their respective endeavors, but placating the dominant cultural views does not necessarily purport to your survival, liberty or pursuit of happiness, considering the ethnic penalties you will continue to face.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s observations of what was billed as must-see television were critically on point.
“Megyn Kelly, I don’t get it,” Noah said. You spent months lambasting Trump for his sexist comments, and now you’re just laughing it off? I can’t believe this, but Megyn Kelly just got negged by Donald Trump”
To which she responded by tweet…
Opportunistically, it appears that Ms. Kelly finds calling out the critique of “men like Trevor Noah” as mansplaining to be a more advantageous retort in the stream of feminist consciousness. If Trevor and myself included are clueless about the journalistic quality of women like Megyn Kelly then I would like someone to clarify what is evidently a fallacious reach on her part. Senator Elizabeth Warren did a fine job of putting Donald Trump in his place and she did it without the journalistic platform of an interview “special”.
Furthermore, if there is any mansplaining in all of this it was actually coming from Donald Trump responding to Kelly’s questions. It was resolute with patronizing and was loaded with patriarchy. The same hegemonic masculinity to which Megyn responds to with submissive cliches like “You’re so powerful”, “We were always friendly”. The clientelism is palpable here.
But “men like Trevor Noah” in her misapplication, on the other hand, are easily scapegoated as mansplaining. I would like to also read into the last sentence of this tweet as it is far more interesting than the Megyn Kelly interview “special” with Donald Trump. She goes on to laughably mention unequivocally that his life experience is far better than hers.