The media’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s “selfie” photograph with two European leaders during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was both racist and sexist, according to MSNBC’s regular guests appearing on the network’s dayside news block with anchor Thomas Roberts.
MSNBC.com reporter Irin Carmon blasted the selective focus on some photographs of the “selfie” moment for elevating a “confluence of racist and sexist stereotypes.” She said that the focus on first lady Michelle Obama scowling presented her as an “angry black woman” while the suggestion that the president was flirting with the female Danish prime minister presented him as the “oversexed black man.”
Roberts asked if calling the coverage of the “selfie” moment was racist was “taking it too far.” His guests did not agree.
“It’s not taking it too far once you situate it within the context with which the right wing has attacked the first lady since even before he was the first lady,” said Lehigh Valley University professor James Peterson.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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