A conservative writer and commentator says she was fired from a radio job and accused of being racist after she joked that a brown suit worn by Vice President Kamala Harris looked like a school uniform. UPS.
Amber Athey, Washington editor of The Spectator magazine’s global edition, claimed she lost her usual spot on DC chat station WMAL after referencing the delivery giant’s slogan in a tweet on Harris’ attire during the State of the Union address.
“Kamala looks like a UPS employee – what can Brown do for you?” Chez Athey Tweet from March 1 read. “Nothing good, apparently.”
According to Athey, who recounted his experience in a Spectator column, the tweet initially made no waves.
A few days later, however, Athey “criticized the ‘trans kids’ protests at the University of North Texas” – and, as she wrote, “a group of maniacal left-wing activists who want chemically castrating children in the name of “gender affirmation” came after me.
“All of a sudden Kamala’s tweet was reframed as racist and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my ‘bigotry’,” she said.
His employers at The Spectator ‘laughed and quickly deleted the angry emails’ and none of his colleagues on WMAL’s ‘O’Connor & Company’ morning show acted like anything was wrong. .
But eight days after the tweet, Athey was contacted “out of the blue” by Jeff Boden, the vice president of station owner Cumulus Washington, and vice president of human resources Kriston Fancellas.
“They told me that the tweet I sent about Kamala was ‘racist’ and that the subsequent follow-ups to defend me and mock efforts to cancel me were unacceptable,” she recalled. “I had violated the company’s social media policy, they said, and was terminated with immediate effect.”
Athey insisted that his dismissal “destroyed the integrity and reputation of WMAL and Cumulus as hosts of conservative content”.
“We often talked [on the show] about the dangers of censorship and cancel culture on our program, and yet here they bow to the crowd,” she wrote. “If I can be fired for making fun of the vice president’s outfit, every host of a Cumulus station risks losing their job at any moment.”
Athey’s former employer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.