I find it interesting how many are in awe over Van Jones, a liberal pundit, crying a river of tears on live TV. Jones’ performance art took place election night on CNN after they selectively chose Joe Biden as president.
Here is the video in case you missed it.
Ahem. I don’t know about you, but I like men on TV reporting the news or giving commentary who are poker-faced, secure, and confident. Report the news or spin it (in Jones case) and shut up.
Jones, a well-respected black TV analyst, formerly served in the Obama Administration. Why he felt the need to cry over an election is baffling. I say this because he has been a fixture on CNN providing commentary on black lives cut short due to violence. Jones has covered other stories that are more heart-wrenching than an election, and not one tear shed. That said, I do remember him crying- talking about the death of the musician Prince. It was a watershed moment for Jones.
To be fair, he isn’t the only man crying on TV.
There have been others, but what’s interesting the others have mostly been black men? Why are black men always heaving and puffing on TV and specifically on CNN (Victor Blackwell, Don Lemon, Bakari Sellers).
I am ok with men crying. Cry over an achievement, birth of a baby, death, or a damn happy cry all ok. What I am not ok with is the dry heaving and puffing. It’s not manly, womanly, and certainly not benefitting individuals in the news profession.
Crying at the drop of a dime while giving the news or providing commentary does not show a sensitive side. It is just ridiculous and downright buffoonery. Actually, I think it’s political performance art designed by some on the left to promote the emasculation men _mainly black men. What other purpose does it serve? It does nothing to support positive images of men (black men who are few in numbers) on TV.
I’m sure that wasn’t Jones’ intent, to be a buffoon or emasculate black men. He is merely the prop used. After all, he was only having a moment. I just wished his moment could have been in the private confounds of his home _ like in his basement.
Now I could be off basis with the black man crying thing. But it is my opinion backed by the evidence shown.
One more thing, with all the crying on CNN, it should just change its name to the Crying News Network. Again my opinion.