Is being hateful and biased a job requirement to be an anchor or contributor at Fox News and its affiliates? More and more, that seems to be the case. The news anchors of Fox 5 D.C. are catching heat after they called a high school senior, who was accepted to all 20 colleges to which he applied, “obnoxious.”
This Houston teenager with a 4.68 GPA got a full ride to Stanford … and 19 other schools. pic.twitter.com/hukb2O2rJk
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 3, 2018
Fox 5 anchor Holly Morris, as well as contributor Sarah Fraser, were speaking of Michael Brown, a Houston high school senior who is gaining national attention for his amazing feat of getting accepted — and receiving full-ride scholarships — to a whopping 20 colleges.
Claiming that his success was taking opportunities away from other students, the two Fox anchors criticized Brown’s decision to apply to so many colleges.
“It’s a little ridiculous that this kid applied to 20 [colleges], taking away a spot and basically wait-listing another kid,” contributor Sarah Fraser said.
Anchor Holly Morris agreed and said, “It’s a little obnoxious because you can only go to one. You can only take one full ride, and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.”
Americans came down hard on the two anchors, claiming that their comments were not only insensitive and unnecessary, but also incredibly biased. If this were a white student, would the anchors be criticizing the success of a proud high school student? Because this child is black, do they not only want to discount his success but also imply that policies like affirmative action are responsible for Brown’s acceptances?
Contributor Sarah Fraser issued a quick apology on Twitter — after being challenged by a Twitter user who called her out. Fraser essentially swore that the basis for her “petty” criticism was purely the idea that Brown’s decision to apply was selfish and hurt other students.
— Christián Ayampoor (@ParisBurned) April 7, 2018
Where is @heyfrase’s apology?
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 7, 2018
Bishop Talbert – I am sorry. I’m sorry to Michael b. I truly had no malice when I set this story up, we wanted to ask is 20 schools too much? But I see now that was petty. Michael is awesome and I have learned a lesson.
— Sarah Fraser (@heyfrase) April 7, 2018
Brown accepted the anchor’s apology with grace and acknowledged his appreciation.
Thank you for your apology. I appreciate it and accept it.
— Micheal Brown (@mbreezy101) April 7, 2018
Unfortunately, Morris refused to apologize to the young man.
This morning, I had a respectful Skype interview with @HollyLiveFox5DC , though I did not get an apology during the interview. I won't allow the interview to air until @fox5dc provides me with a public apology. Where's the #humandecency?
— Micheal Brown (@mbreezy101) April 6, 2018
Between Fraser’s lazy apology and Morris’ nonexistent one, the Twitterverse is still in uproar. Of course, it’s easy to see why.
THE WHITE PEOPLE ARE MAD THAT MICHAEL BROWN, AN INTELLIGENT BLACK MAN APPLIED TO AND GOT ACCEPTED TO 20 SCHOOLS. NOTHING MORE THREATENING THAN AN EDUCATED BLACK MAN.
— mo butters. (@meauxma) April 5, 2018
The absolute HEIGHT of white privilege is Fox 5 News saying Michael Brown, a black kid who applied to 20 colleges and got accepted to them ALL is “obnoxious” for applying to that many and he’s “taking someone else’s spot” since he can’t go to all 20 schools pic.twitter.com/ZBtWh6AQQc
— Amazon ? (@LexitheAmazon) April 5, 2018
shame on these news anchors. he worked his entire life to achieve the impossible and instead of celebrating this extraordinary achievement they chose to call it ridiculous. Congratulations Michael Brown, the world needs more people like you – https://t.co/uXkhSwfTea
— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) April 9, 2018
What an incredible accomplishment, Micheal. Follow your heart and your head, your future is incredibly bright. I can’t wait to see what comes next. In the interim, if you want to talk about Georgetown give me a call. https://t.co/G8cUx3Rdzi
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 5, 2018
@Fox5 Racist rats Holly Morris & Sarah Fraser are the 2 miserable scumbags! They’re just angry but why? Are they mad because their kids didn’t get those scholarships?
— NG504 (@NiceGuy504) April 12, 2018
Holly Morris, Allison Seymour and contributor Sarah Fraser have lost my viewership @FoxNews. Congrats to Michael Brown for your example of excellence.
— TheFlyingMaria (@QuoteMami) April 10, 2018
The incredibly insensitive @fox5dc DC news anchors who made fun of Michael Brown: Holly Morris, Allison Seymour, & Sarah Fraser. They are losers.
— Hey, DivaD (@HeyDivaD) April 9, 2018
At the end of the day, this seems like the work of subconscious bias. Maybe the anchors really didn’t think their comments were biased — although it’s unlikely due to Morris’ refusal to apologize. Either way, such comments are cruel. We should be applauding the success of American youth, not criticizing it.
White people: GO TO COLLEGE, PULL YOURSELF UP BY YOUR BOOT STRAPS AND WORK HARD
Black Kid: ok!
White people: pic.twitter.com/Ks14mFo6WN
— kashmir. (@kashmirVIII) April 8, 2018
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