Jemele Hill, the ESPN host who managed to escape formal punishment when she called President Trump a “white supremacist” last month, has finally gotten her just desserts. Empowered by her liberal fanbase in the wake of the first scandal, Hill was unable to keep her mouth shut when Dallas Cowboys Coach Jerry Jones said that his team would not tolerate disrespect for the national anthem. Hill, abandoning any and all sense of journalistic objectivity, took to Twitter with a call to action.
“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”
Of course, you can imagine how this was the last straw for ESPN, since, in many cases, the “advertisers” will be companies buying time on their network to watch the games.
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” ESPN said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
The announcement drew scorn from card-carrying members of The Resistance like Al Sharpton, who wrote, “ESPN’s suspension of Jemele Hill is an outrage and should NOT go unanswered. ESPN and advertisers will hear from us!”
And that old liberal hagbag herself, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted: “We are with you, @jemelehill. Yes we are #systemicRACISM.”
Yeah, it’s totally unfair oppression that a black sports anchor can’t call for the boycott of a football team’s advertisers without getting in trouble. What is the world coming to? Why, when a black person speaks out about black issues, they should be able to say whatever they want without worrying about the consequences! What an “outrage”!
Not only were Hill’s comments completely out of line for an ESPN employee, they demonstrated a stunning lack of respect for the network that gives her a paycheck every week. Not two weeks after she was (lightly) disciplined for her President Trump comments, she appears to have learned nothing at all about keeping her trap shut. Her suspension is well-earned, and in fact, long overdue. ESPN should have fired her ass for the earlier screed, and, seeing as how she clearly values being a “black activist” on Twitter more than her role as a Sportscenter host, the network should let her go do that for whatever money she can make.
Which we’re guessing would be…not much.