Dr. Laura n-word backlash has been severe. In fact, the Dr. Laura n-word scandal made her quit, as the controversy seemed to teach her she had no First Amendment rights. She vows that she will continue to speak out, once she finds a new forum for her views in 2011. While most people have cringed at her desire to be allowed to say that word, she has actually gotten support from her fans. In fact, the Dr. Laura n-word scuffle is just the latest heated issue for Sarah Palin to weigh in on.
After Laura Schlessinger announced that she quit on Larry King Live, Sarah Palin went on Twitter to lend her support. Instead of accidentally making up a new word, she backed up Schlessinger’s desire to get her First Amendment rights back.
Once the Dr. Laura n-word controversy broke, those who defended it called it a First Amendment issue, rather than a racial issue. Palin backed up that view after Schlessinger quit, tweeting that she resigned “bc her 1’st Amend. rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2 silence.”
Palin said that such a thing “isn’t American, not fair” and naturally advised her “don’t retreat…reload!” Just like the soon-to-be-former radio host, Palin believes that, once the Dr. Laura n-word ordeal dies down, she will be “even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles.”
The former governor didn’t address the actual fact that she used such an offensive word, but rather her right to use it. On the day of the Dr. Laura n-word conversation, Schlessinger said that it was a double standard for African Americans to use it, while they call white people racist for doing so. Palin and the other supporters for Schlessinger seem to take that view as well.
Showing support for the embattled Schlessinger, despite all of the Dr. Laura n-word backlash, is not a surprising thing for Palin to do. In fact, this puts her in the middle of the two most debated and controversial issues of the day right now.
Palin helped inflame the New York City mosque battle by calling on people to “refudiate” the mosque being built near Ground Zero. She and Newt Gingrich are two of the most visible opponents against the mosque, but now she is also among the most visible supporters of Dr. Laura.
In addition, Palin reTweeted a Twitter post from Tammy Bruce, where she said that liberals stressed the proper context of the Shirley Sharrod video, but not on the Dr. Laura n-word statements. On Facebook, Palin also once again brought up Rahm Emmanuel calling Obama protesters “ret**ds” and not getting the same flack.
Many were more upset at Palin for her subsequent attacks on Emmanuel, rather than his original words. But it would probably be hard for even Palin to draw more outrage than Schlessinger has at this point.
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