Blonde privilege: Blonde hair (exemplified by the women on Fox News Channel) is racist

Blonde privilege: Blonde hair (exemplified by the women on Fox News Channel) is racist
Fox News Channel's racist reporter Shannon Bream (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Stiletto heels are not the only sign of ‘racial privilege’ being flaunted by women on the Right. Somebody better get word out to Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton pronto.]

Now, blonde is the color of the right, for whom whiteness has become a hallmark. Over the past decade or so, as inclusiveness became the hallmark of Obama-era liberals, the left found feminist icons in Rachel Maddow, Samantha Power, and Michelle Obama, who make no apologies for their failure to fit traditional ideals. But #MAGA, Fox News America is a place where all the classic signifiers of privilege and wealth work on overdrive: country-club-issue blue blazers with brass buttons and khaki pants, and above all else, for women, that yellow-blonde, carefully tended hair — a dog whistle of whiteness, an unspoken declaration of values, a wink-wink to the power of racial privilege and to the 1980s vibe that pervades a movement led by a man who still believes in the guilt of the Central Park Five. …

The alt-blonde common on Fox News is a specific look: It’s layered and yellow and never too long. It’s controlled and polished and always in place. In earlier generations, news was delivered almost exclusively by white men, with neat auburn (when it wasn’t graying) hair.

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