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The Rachel Dolezal Story has Jumped the Shark

The Rachel Dolezal Story has Jumped the Shark

So much for that “race-fluid” narrative

Can we be done with Rachel Dolezal? I think we’re ready to be done with Rachel Dolezal.

If the left’s reaction to the general backlash against a decades-long exercise in blackface is any indication, we may be nearly free of seeing her face in the news. Acknowledging that the story is quickly fading into the background, Salon (#SalonPitches, still going strong!) published a missive dragging the issue back into the racial limelight: “What we can’t afford to forget about Rachel Dolezal: A master class in white victimology.” I’m not going to pull a quote from this thing, because to do so would be to jump down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass, and into a world of intellectual pain; suffice it to say, the author attempts to make academic hay and fails (or succeeds, depending on how you feel about academia) spectacularly.

On a more serious note, officials associated with the NAACP and other organizations continue to take Dolezal to task, bristling at the idea that we can change our racial heritage as a matter of “identity.”

The rest of the world, however, seems happy to hand over the story to comedians and the entertainment establishment. On a recent episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph succumbed to demands that she take on the character and pulled it off with flair (and an afro):

The wig! The face! The whole thing is 100% the truth, and reflects how people (at least people I know and follow) feel about this circus.

SNL has lampooned Sarah Palin, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, but their parodies haven’t always signaled a pop culture death knell for their subjects. Plus, Rudolph has been off the sketch comedy show for 8 years, so it’s unlikely that producers will revive the character in time for their fall premiere.

That being said, Hollywood is having a ball creating fantasy casts for the “inevitable” Rachel Dolezal biopic.

According to Variety and BuzzFeed, it is “inevitable” that Hollywood will make a movie about Rachel Dolezal. So they have gone straight into stunt casting, with BuzzFeed suggesting 17 white actresses to play Dolezal — from Kate Hudson and Lindsay Lohan to Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift — with Variety deciding that Amy Schumer was their favorite option.

They’re having fun with the idea, maybe too much fun, but it does seem like Hollywood won’t be able to resist telling this story, whether in a Lifetime movie or big screen biopic. If you’ve been hiding in “Orange Is the New Black” or “Jurassic World” screenings and don’t know, Rachel is the (now former) president of the Spokane, WA chapter of the NAACP whose parents revealed she was born white, not black, eroding a series of details Dolezal had shared about her own past.

As the above article notes, the glitterati are divided on the issue, but the difference between this issue and others is that this time, those who think Dolezal has beclowned herself aren’t shutting up.

Kelly Osbourne took to Instagram to mock Dolezal as well, using the hashtag #WholeNewLevelOfWrong to speak her mind, and spicing things up with a more natural look of her own:

This has utterly shocked me!!! It's a #WholeNewLevelOfWrong

#CallMeRachel #MyCasualLook

A photo posted by Kelly Osbourne (@kellyosbourne) on

Creepily on point.

I think that, at this point, the best thing we can do is watch and let this whole narrative circle the drain. Liberal outlets will continue to resurrect it during future National Conversations About Race, but once you’ve gotten mainstream Hollywood to go public with the general opinion that the whole thing deserves to be mocked, you cash in your chips and walk away grinning.

As far as pop culture is concerned, it’s as close to “winning” as conservatives have come in a long time.


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Henry Hawkins | June 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

“As far as pop culture is concerned, it’s as close to “winning” as conservatives have come in a long time.”

And how high do you believe ‘pop culture’ registers on conservatives’ list of priorities?

Do you even know a conservative?

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | June 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm


Another fawning Vogue magazine photo of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby……….

Don’t worry Rachel will be the cover girl for Cosmo, Playboy and Penthouse.

So why is it OK to lampoon a white person who thinks she’s a black person, but it’s not OK to mock a boy person (call him, say, Bruce) who thinks he’s a girl person (Caitlyn, for example)?

Midwest Rhino | June 24, 2015 at 10:24 am

So they want to portray this woman as an outlier, or a product of a strange upbringing. Her use of black victimhood to get ahead does not fit their narrative, so she is fed through the shredder of mockery. Nothing to see there, move along.

But the racist Roof murderer is portrayed as a revealing of the genetic racism of all white people, despite his dismay that there were no (Democrat) KKK around to help him murder. We get lectured by Obama that America is a racist country … by which he means whites are racist, while he can casually use the “n” word on air, because he is above it all.

O’Reilly got a little heated about this last night, saying we are probably the least racist country, and no country will ever be perfect. Kirsten Powers insisted it is still a big issue, and he got in her face.

I think many underplay Obama’s use of the race card as only political. Him saying white racism is endemic and genetic means the only way to change America is to implant a different genetics.

This is in harmony with his 20 years in Wright’s black liberation Farrakhan church, and his open borders, no deportation policy. Criminal foreign nationals are released on American streets, border jumping Guatemalans (with illnesses) are covertly bussed around the country. They want to drive all white culture into the shadows, except the useful idiots.

Obama is right, there is rampant racism in America. It is unleashed now, with Sharpton in the White House as exhibit A. Blacks and Hispanics freely taunt all whites as racists, blind to their own racism that very act exhibits.