I was raised by the kind of parents who would lift you up when you were down, and knock to flat if you became arrogant. The worst thing you could be was “too big for your britches.”
Melissa Harris-Perry has been fired from her job at MSNBC in the wake of an email which she sent to colleagues criticizing the management for preempting her show during the primary season.
On Friday, she went public with an email that she sent earlier that week to staff members in which she complained that the NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, and Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, were letting her twist in the wind.
“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”
She later explained in an interview she did not believe that her lack of airtime was because she was black.
I saw this while Googling her:
I work part-time in radio. I’ve been preempted by special events, weather events, and one year my station decided to run NASCAR, and I “lost” lots of work. It’s the nature of the business that sometimes you have to be flexible. As far as not being a tool for the executives purposes…apparently she wasn’t a useful tool.
Some people just lack the maturity. Some have a great sense of their own worth. I don’t know why Melissa Harris-Perry decided to throw away her career on TV, but I really hope she learns a lesson about britches.