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Self-help author, self-described media mogul, and self-proclaimed Christian Rachel Hollis is in a bit of a PR mess this week after wading into some bad social media optics and then doubling down, but contrary to what the race-baiters and even Hollis herself think, racial insensitivity isn’t her biggest problem.
Things went south when the New York Times stepped in to smear her as a privileged racist and say, “Girl, Wash Your Timeline,” a twist on the title of Hollis’s best-selling book “Girl, Wash Your Face.” Specifically, the Times highlighted a TikTok the 38-year-old writer had posted. In the video, Hollis conveyed how, in a recent live stream, she had mentioned her housekeeper who comes twice a week and “cleans the toilets,” which resulted in one commenter saying Hollis was “unrelatable” and “privileged AF.”
“You’re right. I’m super freaking privileged, but also, I worked my ass off to have the money to have someone come twice a week and clean my toilets,” Hollis said to her TikTok followers. “What is it about me that made you think I want to be relatable? No, sis, literally everything I do in my life is to live a life that most people can’t relate to. … Literally, every woman I admire in history was unrelatable,” she continued, invoking the names of Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and others in her caption. “If my life is relatable to most people, I’m doing it wrong.”
Critics described the video as a “disgusting capitalistic, privileged flex” and called Hollis a “tone-deaf, disillusioned mean girl” and a narcissistic racist. The race point became the thrust of the New York Times article as well.
“I should pull myself up by my bootstraps?” the Times quoted Vivian Kaye’s response. Kaye, who owns KinkyCurlyYaki, which sells hair extensions for black women, was once given a free ticket by Hollis’s company to attend one of the author’s women’s conferences. “Do you not know the system is rigged against me? That’s not feminism. That’s just putting lipstick on the patriarchy,” said Kaye, who had a problem with Hollis even before the TikTok fiasco for ostensibly appropriating “black vernacular” words such as “sis” and “girl.”
For her allegedly racist rant, Hollis has lost about 100,000 Instagram followers, according to the Times. And she’s had to rethink and reschedule some of her upcoming events, even issuing an apology online after first reportedly blaming her “team” for taking so long to address the issue.
“I’m so deeply sorry for the things I said in my recent posts and the hurt I have caused in the past few days,” Hollis announced in her self-flogging Instagram post, confessing her racism and privilege. But while Hollis tries to recover from the charges of co-opting black terms, when is she going to apologize for co-opting Christianity?
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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