Rabbi David Seidenberg recently wrote a blog post about his college classmate, FOX News host Laura Ingraham: “Back in 1984, when we were both enrolled at Dartmouth College, she secretly recorded a confidential support group for gay students, and published a transcript in The Dartmouth Review — complete with the names of the students at the meeting, students who were in the closet, back in the day when being outed could mean getting rejected for jobs and attacked by drunken frat boys.”
Many years later Ingraham expressed regret over this.
That’s something she has a knack for, apparently: doing totally reprehensible things and then offering a weak apology.
Case in point: Ingraham’s recent Twitter tantrum in which she teased Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg because he didn’t get accepted to a number of colleges he’d applied to.
As you know, Hogg is a high school student. A 17-year-old. A child. Ingraham is, purportedly, a full-grown adult. One without a filter or any compassion.
This isn’t the first time Ingraham has bared her fangs at a child. She has described the existence of transgender kids as “this new gender-bending phenomenon, which clearly is facilitated and encouraged by a popular culture that seems to have concluded that, you know, traditional gender roles are yesterday’s news.”
Traditional gender roles, which have been used to keep women subservient and men violent, and are the basis for sexism, homophobia and transphobia, are something the right-wing loves to champion, which makes sense when you consider how morally corrupt their agenda is.
Ingraham has a gay brother. You would think that might bring her around on issues of LGBTQ equality, but it hasn’t. She’s spoken out against marriage equality, saying she feared it would make Catholics look like bad people for discriminating against gays.
I could go on and on about the many racist and stupid things Ingraham has said, but you can Google that shit if you want.
Instead, I would like to predict that at some point in the future people will look back at the time when some Americans vilified young survivors of a horrific school shooting for daring to demand that elected officials do something to curb gun violence, and they will wonder how a country that valued its guns more than its children managed to survive.
That is, of course, assuming we have a future. If we continue like this, we’ll be a country full of angry, heavily armed white men in MAGA and “Who Farted?” hats. Of course, that probably wouldn’t sound like a bad outcome to Ingraham. After all, instead of having advertisers flee her show after her latest vile outburst, her ratings would go through the roof. And she wouldn’t have to apologize to anybody.
In case that golden future fails to materialize, maybe Ingraham could just try being a better person.