So, the whole Gayle King thing. We’ve seen the original interview. We’ve seen multiple responses to it; some intelligent, some belligerent, some in between. We’ve seen her ‘it wasn’t me, I’d be mad too’ response. We’ve seen her Bestie step in with a defense.
Here’s my .22 cents…
Gayle was wrong to ask the question in the first place. Yes, she’s a journalist of the highest caliber; a news show on a major network gives her that distinction. But with that distinction comes a great responsibility. At her level, Gayle is able to formulate her own questions without oversite or preview.
She knew exactly what she was going to ask. There is no world where a seasoned journalist is not ready for multiple answers, with multiple follow up questions. Gayle is beyond seasoned, she’s at the top of the heap.
What she didn’t take into account is whether or not asking the question was the right thing to do. She didn’t ask herself, “is this what the people want to know? Is this what they need to know right now?” She put on her ‘gotcha’ hat and went digging. She, however, was the one to get got. The outpouring was tremendous. And by outpour, I mean the dragging. Baby the dragging was rough, steady and ongoing.
Added to the dragging were some inappropriate threats and name calling.
We should have pointed out that Kobe and Gianna were not yet in the ground. We should have pointed out that Lisa was a good friend likely there to speak on her loss and the loss of many. We should have pointed out that there’s a place and time for everything and, on everything I know to be true, this was not the time. But some took it too far. Way too far.
I don’t buy the “all famous people get their life threatened, it’s par for the course” nonsense. No one should have their life threatened no matter the mistake. Who are you to threaten anyone? This is not some BET movie where life and death are acted out in a 3hr melodrama. This is that woman’s real life. There is no justification for it.
Here’s where I might lose you though. What the threats have done is make her the victim. It’s as if Shonda Rhimes wrote this whole season 8 Scandal episode where Olivia Pope creates the spin to get Gayle out of this mess. The conversation is no longer on the need for her to apologize, but now how she has been wronged. It’s shifted from Poor Vanessa to poor Gayle. And granted, both of those things can exist; but one was created by tragedy, and the other created by bullies on Twitter.
The apology that is owed to the audience is now buried under death threats, hair jokes and name calling. I doubt we’ll ever get it now.
Coffee in my left hand, intelligent discourse in my right.