ESPN recently terminated reporter Rachel Nichols in the wake of leaked statements implying that the network promoted fellow host Maria Taylor because she is Black.
When news of the controversial remarks came to light, Nichols was soon taken off the air — but former Fox News Channel personality Megyn Kelly revealed that she does not feel bad for the ousted reporter.
“Eaten by the woke”
“I have no sympathy for these people who play along then get eaten by the woke,” Kelly said. “Like when Rachel Nichols took a hit. Too bad, you have been out here for how long about how bad this country and certain industries are.”
Kelly, who currently hosts her own SiriusXM radio program, offered her take on the matter during an interview this week.
She explained that Nichols became a victim of a movement she likely supported — at least publicly — until it turned on her.
As for Nichols, she gained a reputation for championing the advancement of women and minorities. Therefore, it might seem ironic that she would then complain about the advancement of a female minority in a remark that ultimately cost her a high-profile position at ESPN.
“I don’t feel sorry for you”
“Well, guess what?” Kelly continued. “The monster came back to get you. I don’t feel sorry for you because you were fighting the wrong battle.”
Conservatives have long denounced cancel culture for targeting anyone who says or does something deemed inappropriate or insensitive. As the Nichols saga shows, even those who support the ideology are not immune to its reputation-damaging impact.
Nichols might have backed efforts to condemn certain Americans to a life of social ostracization for holding the wrong opinions, but she has now experienced the other side of that coin.
Identity politics have crept into every facet of American life, costing countless Americans their jobs, reputations, and even family and friends.
While companies like ESPN remain incentivized to pursue a path aligned with such identity politics, it seems likely that Nichols and others in a similar position have shifted their own opinions on diversity and cancel culture as a result.