It’s been interesting to see the discussions going on after Trevor Noah’s interview with Tomi Lahren. Some people have been praising Noah for using the platform to discredit Lahren’s racist views. However, other people have been arguing that by inviting Lahren on his show as if she were anyone, he is normalizing her racism.

I’ll link a few articles around the issue if anyone is interested in looking into it more. I’m also interested in hearing if anyone else has any opinions on the interview and what it means to interview someone like her.

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/trevor-noah-is-getting-hammered-for-sending-tomi-lahren-cupcakes-heres-his-response/

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/watch-trevor-noah-obliterate-tomi-lahrens-comparison-of-black-lives-matter-to-the-kkk/

http://www.theroot.com/blog/the-grapevine/if-youre-a-pretty-racist-you-can-get-cupcakes-from-trevor-noah/

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4 responses »

  1. carlywinant says:

    Interviewing someone like Tomi Lahren probably comes with a lot of complications. On one hand, it’s important to be respectful and tolerant of all opinions that differ from your own. What makes that hard is trying to be respectful toward a person whose beliefs deny your civil liberties. The things Lahren said about the KKK and “not seeing color” must have been challenging for a man of color to hear and remain his cool while talking to her. It makes me wonder, does the respect all opinions rule still apply if that person’s opinions deny you your basic human rights?

  2. olivia klugman says:

    I don’t think interviewing her was normalizing racism, I think it was about someone liberal having an open debate with someone who supports the president elect. He wanted to reason with her and open her eyes to other perspectives. I think this article explains it really well. http://www.vox.com/culture/2016/12/4/13807584/daily-show-tomi-lahren-interview

  3. maddiemcc19 says:

    What I wish Trevor Noah and made more explicit was the purpose of her being on the show. If he was indeed using it as a platform to call out racist discourse, then I don’t think he did that to the extent that he could have because she has such a strong following and he did not delve in deep enough.

  4. maddiemcc19 says:

    Also, I don’t understand how it could have “normalized racism.” Racism is inherently created to be normalized, unquestioning, and self-perpetuating. How do others interpret this?

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