'Princess' Meghan McCain must be fired for Black hairstyles, MSNBC host says over 'gender identity politics' row
'Just like with hairstyles, Meghan, we’ve watched you take it, twist it, braid it, and loc it so it benefits the warped presentation of your own clumsy and ill-informed thought,' Tiffany Cross said
MSNBC's Tiffany Cross said during her Saturday, March 27, morning show 'The Cross Connection' that Meghan McCain should be fired over her "black" hairstyles and "warped ideas". Cross said she has a few words for "princess" McCain as she hit out at 'The View' host's recent comments on identity politics.
She was referring to McCain's remarks on Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii's frustration over a shortage of senior Asian Americans in the Joe Biden administration and their threat to not vote in favor of candidates for the cabinet until there is more representation.
While discussing 'identity politics' on her show, McCain gave an example of 'The View' hosts to put her point across. “In response, McCain – whose talent as far as I can tell is finding great black hairstylists and benefitting from nepotism, had this to say," Cross said as she played a clip of McCain talking. McCain said, "'The View' is 25 years old next year, we've only had one Asian American host co-host host this show. Does that mean one of us should be leaving at some point because there's not enough representation? We're talking about -- is identity politics more important than the qualifications of the job and I think that's a questioning going forward the progressive left is going to have to reconcile."
Cross tore into McCain over the question and her remarks. "Yes. One of you should definitely lose your job," Cross said. "I’ll give you two guesses, but you’ll only need one." Referring to Barbara Smith, one of the three women to coin the phrase “identity politics", the MSNBC host noted how the original intent of the phase was to “articulate Black women’s struggle at the nexus of race, gender and class oppressions. Just like with hairstyles, Meghan, we’ve watched you take it, twist it, braid it, and loc it so it benefits the warped presentation of your own clumsy and ill-informed thought," Cross said.
Cross also suggested that McCain’s only talent was that her father is late Arizona senator John McCain. “Try being an ally instead of an adversary,” she said. “The latest data we could get our hands on shows that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are barely three percent of the broadcast media workforce. Yet they are the fastest-growing demographic in this country and represent nearly six percent of the population," Cross added.
The host added, "Everyone deserves to see themselves reflected in this space. As someone who grew up yearning to see my lived experience reflected back to me and then had to crawl, claw and fight at every turn to take up space in broadcast media, I simply ask: How dare you? From now on, I hope you speak less and listen more and take a little time to enjoy this view," Cross concluded.