Former Blaze Anchor Tomi Lahren ‘Strips Down’ For Playboy
Former Blaze-TV It-Girl Tomi Lahren exposes all, but not like some might hope.
Lahren gave her first in-depth interview with a major media publication since her departure from the ‘Glenn Beck Network’.
Once again proving that she is one unafraid to venture where many would not dare travel: 10236 Charing Cross Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Lahren announced on Twitter:
Always wanted to be in Playboy 😂 https://t.co/uf02Z89xhZ
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 2, 2017
There Was The Personal Q&A Fluff
She thinks feminism is bad for the United States.
“Bad,” Lahren said when asked if feminism is good or bad for her country. “I think of myself as an American, as a daughter, as a friend. I don’t wake up and think, ‘What can I get for free today because I’m a woman’ or use my gender to further some kind of entitlement for me.”
She considers Fox News the “Mecca.”
“Of course I would,” she said when asked if she would consider an offer from the company. “That’s the Mecca. But I don’t care what the outlet is. I would work for MSNBC if I could be me and be authentic and genuine, and do what I do. That’s the thing about me: I can learn and I can grow, but you’re not getting some empty vessel that you can make with it what you want.”
She adores Lady Gaga.
While trashing Beyonce’s political show, Lahren offered praise for Lady Gaga‘s more traditional approach to the Super Bowl Halftime performance this year. “I was so impressed that Lady Gaga was able to avoid that by leaving the political bullshit out of it,” she said.
She’s offended at being deemed a “diva.”
“One thing my parents never raised me to be was a diva,” she said when asked to address the allegations that “diva-like behavior” is partly what accounted for her firing from The Blaze. “I’m pretty low-maintenance. I’m the hardest worker you’ll ever meet. Anything to the contrary, I would look at the source and ask what their motivation is for saying this.”
She doesn’t miss her fans who distanced themselves after learning she was pro-choice.
“I don’t really need you,” she said. “You can disagree with me, but if you now hate me or turn your back on me because I have this position, I don’t need you.”
She still supports Trump’s revised travel ban — or as Playboy put it, the “Muslim Ban.”
“These are areas that are Jihadist, war-torn countries that want to establish a caliphate under Sharia,” she said. “And to say that we shouldn’t be monitoring those places is being completely tone-deaf to what’s going on in the world. Look at Europe. They’ve said, ‘Bring them all in,’ and look what’s happening there? It’s a fundamental transformation.”
The (New) Culture Warrior
Lahren believes the current ideological split in society is due to the mainstream media’s attempts to remain ‘relevant’:
“I also believe the mainstream media is very combative right now because they realize they’re losing relevance,” she explained. “People are going to social media for a lot of their news because the trust for the mainstream is at an all-time low. They don’t seem to understand this. So they seek everyone outside-of-the-box and try to delegitimize them instead of embracing them. They don’t think we’re as good as they are because we’re not a network where letters make up our name, and so we’re not as important. Which is just not the case anymore.”
Lahren weighed in on race issues as well.
“I think race in America is a huge one,” Lahren answered. “That’s something that needs to be confronted, certainly.”
Lahren, a vocal critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, has tried to distance herself from the alt-right label because of its association with white supremacy. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the political commentator from sharing her conservative views on race.
Starting a conversation and saying that it’s okay for white people to talk about those issues as well. For so long it’s been, “Those are black issues that white people can’t talk about them.” Okay, but if you’re calling me a racist and saying white people don’t understand you, wouldn’t white people inherently have to be a part of that conversation?
I actually had a conversation with Charlamagne [tha God] about this, that there are white people who are afraid to talk about race because they don’t want to be labeled a racist, so they don’t want to talk about the issues; they don’t even want to talk to black people because they’re so afraid they’ll slip up and be offensive. Which is a huge problem. We’re segregating ourselves because we’re afraid we’re going to offend each other.
Perhaps her most controversial reveal in the interview was her belief there is an attempt by conservativism to silence ‘strong women’:
“I mean, for those are willing to discount me or throw me out as such a strong female voice on the right, or discount me because I don’t link up on every item on your check list? I don’t really need you,” the 24-year-old said. “You can disagree with me, but if you now hate me or turn your back on me because I have this position, I don’t need you.”
Ms. Lahren said she feels a responsibility to be a champion for free speech and independent thinking, regardless of the consequences.
“We can’t silence, diminish, and shame a strong female voice because she takes an opinion that maybe we don’t like — even if she stands for conservative values in every other way but this one issue,” she said. “I think the left looks at us and thinks, ‘Oh, good, you’re doing our work for us by taking down strong women on the right.’”
New York Times followed up by highlighting some of the biggest challenges women face today, namely ‘eachother’:
“Feminists are actually some of the meanest to me,” she said. “They look at me and say, ‘You can’t be intelligent because you look this way’ … They attribute all my success to my looks, that I fit this image in the ‘Fox News mold.’”
“To say that a woman can be simplified into wanting free abortions or free birth control, and by using a false statistic like the 77 cents on the dollar bullshit; to say that that’s what female empowerment is? That’s discrediting and insulting to a woman like myself,” said Lahren. “Saying, ‘Give me, give me, give me’ is not female empowerment … I don’t wake up and think, ‘What can I get for free today because I’m a woman’ or use my gender to further some kind of entitlement for me.”