Tucker Carlson announced tonight that he's taking a 'pre-planned vacation' just days after it was revealed that one of his top writers, Blake Neff, had posted racist and misogynist remarks on an online forum. https://t.co/uDKqqOnBxL— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 14, 2020
So, when I heard that there was a serious issue with one of Tucker Carlson's staff writers posting pseudonymously racist and misogynist trash, my first thought was "Since when do non-competes include hobbies?" But anyway, Carlson made clear that he did not think those statements Neff made on his off-time had anything to do with his show, damnit, but also, how dare you pious mammajammas destroy this young innocent boy who just had things to say?
Now, I am hardly blameless on yon internets myself. I'm a sweary little fuck and have not refrained from the occasional name-calling. But I've tried to be antiracist, antihomophobic, anti-disablist and pro-feminist in my language because those are my real-life ideals. I'm for punching up and punching Nazis. And I never make it about my IRL. And here's how our badly-used young man did his business:
Just this week, the writer, Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, "Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?" Neff wrote, "I wouldn't get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no." (The subject line was not censored on the forum.) On June 5, Neff wrote, "Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down." On June 24, Neff commented, "Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep." On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins are "white libs and their university-'educated' pets."
And over the course of five years, Neff has maintained a lengthy thread in which he has derided a woman and posted information about her dating life that has invited other users to mock her and invade her privacy. There has at times also been overlap between some material he posted or saw on the forum and Carlson's show.
So, the man used language that everyone ought to know is inappropriate in most IRL spaces, over five years discussed an actual real human being's personal life, and did carry that kind of material into his job-space. All really poor decisions, backed with the kind of privilege that comes from knowing that you might just get a pass if someone with a little credit will just hold off the horde with the magic words: cancel culture. But I'm gonna be that one and say, Tucker Carlson is a bad judge of who should and shouldn't be cancelled, because goddamn, the white supremacists with whom he has worked. It's like he has a little soft-spot for them, it really is, like the fontanelle never fused in his dolichocephalous little Aryan head.
Anyways, Tucker Carlson, for the moment, is going to be
But I think we all get what he's about, right?