People are divided over whether CTV should fire Lainey Lui for racist posts
Lainey Lui has come under fire recently after a number of racist and homophobic comments that the CTV eTalk anchor made on her blog circa 2006 resurfaced online.
"Those old posts sit on the site to show people who I was, how ugly that was," Lui said, adding that she "must be prepared to face the consequences" for her actions.
I'm here to name my shame. https://t.co/PSnTUCdoKp— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) June 22, 2020
The Toronto-born reporter's apology has been met with mixed reactions so far, prompting both applause and derision for Lui on social media.
Some people are thanking Lui for acknowledging the hurtful remarks that she's made in past, saying that it shows personal growth.
"Long-time reader here," one person wrote. "I've seen your growth over the years, and appreciate that you have taught me more than a thing or two. Standing with you in eating the food, and committed to continued growth and learning."
"I wondered when this day would come (I'm sure you saw it coming too) — but anyone who's read you for 10+ years can see you've grown, and not just in the last few months," another person wrote. "I've seen you elevate diverse voices on your platform and openly question your own judgements and biases."
Laine—you have never pretended to be perfect. You have said for years that you have written things you aren’t proud of.— Marci Ien (@MarciIen) June 22, 2020
You could have removed past content @LaineyGossip knowing it would come back to haunt you but instead chose accountability. That takes courage. I love you. https://t.co/MSFFtkrP55
Other people are less impressed with the eTalk host's apology, particularly because Lui recently denounced Canadian TV personality Jessica Mulroney for using her privileged position to intimidate a Black influencer.
"Why did [Lui] make a point and go off on someone else when she had her own issues abort [sic] racism?" one person wrote. "No one is perfect for sure. Both Jessica M and Lainey are in the wrong and they both should receive repercussions."
"You wrote an anti-[B]lack blog," another person wrote. "Resign!"
When your blog is filled with RACIST undertone as you write about BLACK WOMEN. It will be an error if @etalkCTV gives you any platform to continue your abuse. Lainey you are no different than the White Women you keep calling out 24/7 for their racist behavior.— Connie🦋🏵🏵 (@BellaNajia) June 22, 2020
CTV swiftly removed Jessica Mulroney's show from their programming following her comments, and her husband, Ben Mulroney (also Lui's colleague of 15 years), resigned from eTalk shortly afterwards.
The Canadian news giant has yet to reprimand Lui, however, sparking outraged accusations that CTV is favouring Lui over the Mulroneys despite what appears to be similar anti-Black behaviour.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a fan of the Mulroney’s. But gimme a break. Since you uttered that completely insincere “I’m afraid of the Mulroney’s” I knew the first part of Plan Get Rid of Ben was well underway. You’re a bully and hypocrite and you should be fired, too.— schmoozenews (@schmoozenews) June 22, 2020
Lui clarified in a blog post that LaineyGossip.com operates independently from CTV and its parent company Bell Media.
"CTV has no say over what I post here," Lui wrote. "I do not have to clear anything through them, and I have not cleared this post through them."
"LaineyGossip.com was founded prior to my joining Etalk and I wanted to retain control over what I built," she added. "Because both CTV and I have been very clear and respectful of my autonomy at LaineyGossip.com, I've been able to write what I want, even if it involves celebrities that Etalk might have a relationship with."
Nevertheless, some people believe that Lui's comments on her blog cannot be separated from her role as a CTV co-anchor.
CTV has not commented on Lui's blog posts from 2006, although The Social — CTV's daytime chat show — shared Lui's apology to their Twitter account.
"Accountability is not temporary. It's ongoing," the caption reads, quoting Lui. "So, I'm here today to be accountable."
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