Against his better judgement, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson just had to cover Sunday’s interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by Oprah Winfrey, taken aback by the most powerful claiming to be powerless.
Attention seeking elitists playing victim to evoke pity was just a little too much.
“It’s not like prince whatever-his-name-is and his angry wife from Los Angeles are compelling,” Carlson insisted on Tuesday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“You know exactly who they are. He’s weak and unhappy. She’s a manipulative opportunist,” he added.
The Fox News host recalled Markle talking about a row she had with now sister-in-law Kate Middleton about flower girl dresses making her cry.
“Here’s this royal person, one of the most famous and fawned-over people in the world, telling Oprah that she was incredibly wounded because she got into some kind of petty argument about dresses with her sister-in-law at her wedding three years ago,” Carlson said.
(Source: Fox News)
“Ok, so she’s a narcissist. We guessed that,” he continued. “But that’s not the whole story. What she’s really saying is that, despite her enormous wealth and fame; despite the fact she never has to cook her own dinner or drive her own car ever again for as long as she lives; despite the fact that every time she heads to the gym, the journey is treated like the moon landing by an army of awestruck reporters; despite the fact that she’s literally a princess — sorry, duchess — she is…actually an oppressed victim. She may look powerful, but she’s powerless.”
Carlson explained that a rational person might consider this claim absurd, yet Winfrey was all in because she too sees herself as a victim.
“Oprah clearly doesn’t think it’s absurd. She’s deeply empathetic,” he said. “Oprah’s worth more than a billion dollars, but she knows the pain, because she sees herself as a victim, too. She often says so.”
Citing friend Piers Morgan resigning from “Good Morning Britain,” Carlson added, “You’re not allowed to make fun of this, and you’re definitely not allowed to mock the oppressed duchess.”
This phenomenon of rich people claiming to be oppressed isn’t reserved for the monarchy, as Carlson points to a moment when a “member of America’s own royal family told us how incredibly difficult her life is from her castle in Martha’s Vineyard.”
This being former first lady Michelle Obama, of course, who is worshipped like a queen by the left.
Playing a clip of Obama whining about her voice not being heard in a deeply divided nation — in large part because of the efforts of her husband — because she is a black woman, Carlson mocked the play for sympathy.
“Yeah, no one’s gonna hear you. You’re just speaking at a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention. When, oh when, will your voice be heard, Michelle Obama?” he said. “When will you get the credit you are so sorely due for all of your remarkable achievements? Unfortunately, America’s not quite ready for you yet. And, honestly, that’s our fault. We’re a backward country. We apologize.”
Hillary Clinton was also cited as an example of this perpetual victimhood by some of the richest, most powerful people in our society.
“For rich people, deciding that you’re a victim has many levels of appeal. For one thing, it gives meaning to your decadent, empty life,” Carlson said. “Victimhood solves that problem. When you’re a victim, you’re inherently significant. Martyrdom means you are forever the hero of the story. So you can see why narcissists love it, and there are an awful lot of those right now.”
Turning to a “darker effect of all this,” Carlson explained that “when powerful people decide that they’re oppressed, the balance of power changes.”
“If you were very rich, you might imagine you owed something to the people below you. Noblesse oblige, they used to call it, back when we had a responsible ruling class that thought about other people,” he concluded. “Previous generations of rich people understood this very well, and they taught their children this: To whom much is given, much is expected.
“That was the deal for centuries. But self-identified victimhood instantly nullifies this deal and it restores power to the powerful,” Carlson said. “No one expects anything from a victim. Victims don’t give, victims receive.”
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