Washington DC writer and radio personality Amber Athey says she was delivered a pink slip for joking that a brown outfit worn by Kamala Harris resembled the uniform worn by UPS employees.
It seems the joke was deemed as racist.
Athey’s full-time gig is serving as editor of the Washington edition of The Spectator, a conservative magazine. She still has that job. But she said she lost her regular spot on DC talk radio station WMAL after using the popular UPS slogan to refer to Harris’ outfit, and time in office.
Athey’s comments were in response to Harris’ garb at Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
“Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you?” Athey tweeted. “Nothing good, apparently.”
Kamala looks like a UPS employee — what can brown do for you? Nothing good, apparently.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) March 2, 2022
Athey wrote in a column for The Spectator that, at first, the tweet was hardly heard ’round the world. In fact, it received very little blowback. But then she addressed the protests in favor of transgender students at the University of North Texas, and suddenly, the Harris tweet began to make waves.
As is often the case on social media, the mob came after Athey for the Harris tweet.
“All of a sudden, the Kamala tweet was being re-framed as racist and dozens of Twitter accounts were bragging about contacting my employers about my ‘bigotry,’” she said.
Nobody at The Spectator gave two hoots about the Harris tweet and merely “laughed” at the angry responses, Athey said. Eventually, though, those in charge of running WMAL buckled.
“They told me that the tweet I sent about Kamala was ‘racist’ and that subsequent follow-ups defending myself and making fun of the efforts to cancel me were unacceptable,” she wrote. “I had violated the company’s social media policy, they said, and I was terminated effective immediately.”
This set a bad precedent, Athey continued, given that all she did was make fun of the vice-president’s wardrobe.
“We spoke frequently [on the show] about the dangers of censorship and cancel culture on our program, and yet here they are bowing to the mob,” she wrote. “If I can be fired for making fun of the vice president’s outfit, every single host on a Cumulus station is in danger of losing their job at a moment’s notice.”