If there’s an opportunity for pandering, you can count on a Clinton to be on it like white on rice. (Racist? I don’t think so.)
And, sure enough, at least one Clinton waded into the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that’s been center stage during the past week. But judging from the backlash Chelsea Clinton’s received on Twitter in response to her remarks, perhaps next time she should just stay mum — and let her mum step in it on her own.
Via Daily Mail:
Chelsea Clinton launched a scathing attack on actress Charlotte Rampling on Friday in anger over her comments about the Oscars race row.
Hillary’s daughter took to Twitter and blasted the veteran actress and Oscar nominee.Rampling entered the debate early on Friday saying that plans to boycott the Oscars were misguided and calls to get more minority nominees were ‘anti-white racism’.
British star, 69, said such politically correct thinking was a form of racism in itself.Speaking on Europe 1 radio station in Paris, where she now lives, Ms Rampling said: ‘It’s anti-white racism. Maybe black actors don’t deserve to be on the final stretch?’
Ms Rampling, who first made her name in classic films including Georgy Girl in the 1960s, said she was also opposed to quotas being introduced to promote black actors.
Clinton called her standpoint ‘outrageous, ignorant and offensive’.
Outrageous, ignorant & offensive comments from Rampling. https://t.co/h7r1HNND5E
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 22, 2016
But many on Twitter, even self-proclaimed liberals, rallied to the actress’ side:
@ChelseaClinton Rampling is right. Winners should be chosen on talent, not race. Clintons aren’t known for their intellect.
— Michael Scalia (@Hamilton4007) January 23, 2016
However, it seems what a majority of respondents on Twitter actually found offensive were Clinton’s own comments:
@ChelseaClinton being called a racist because you do not agree with someone is terribly offensive, liberals should stop this behavior
— Truth Teller (@marthaHigh) January 23, 2016
Many Twitterers went even further to attack the Democrat party:
— Rep. Steven Smith (@RepStevenSmith) January 23, 2016
And the Clinton family itself:
@ChelseaClinton What difference does it make? – as your ignorant, classless, criminal Mother would say!
— *Zarko 4 Trump* (@ZarkoElDiablo) January 23, 2016
Frankly, there are too many worthy responses to Chelsea’s remarks to list here, so I encourage you to check out her Twitter feed yourself if you’re so inclined.
The Daily Mail continues:
Rampling released a statement to CBS Sunday Morning soon after, saying; ‘I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio.
‘I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.’
If there are two things the American electorate are sick and tired of, it’s political correctness and pandering. Chelsea Clinton once again showed her family’s tone-deafness — and opportunism — with her comments that in one fell swoop commit both sins.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]