If Dana Loesch, the public face of National Rifle Association ANGER and RAGE, comes off as more than a bit histrionic, it’s probably because she once was an aspiring actress. Today, Loesch has created a nice niche for herself as the dream woman of extreme gun fetishists everywhere.
However, she’s really isn’t more than just the latest edition in a long line of media personalities embodying a tried and true far right motif: Take repugnant and deplorable ideas, but deliver them in a physically attractive package, thus tricking the general viewer into believing such world views are more presentable.
It also fools the idiot viewer into genuinely believing the repulsive stances which are conveyed. See Tomi Lahren, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingrahan, Sarah Palin etc.
With America overwhelmingly in support of common sense gun laws and total gun legislation reform, it takes a very special kind of personality to stand up and become the face of being blatantly on the wrong side of history. Kudos to Dana Loesch for stepping up to the plate.
To play this role you must be someone who is willing to go to great lengths to obtain fame and the money that goes with it.
Fame is exactly what this Christian extremist wants as she once pitched a sitcom starring herself to Paul Guyot, whose production credits include NCIS: New Orleans, The Librarians,and Leverage and who also wrote for Felicity and Judging Amy.
As Guyot remembered in a tweet (see it below), the pitch involved “ ‘A hot young mom who does far right radio show.’ Said her age & looks would make 1 side hate her & 1 love her so everyone would watch. Was obsessed w the potential fame & money. I turned her down.”
At that time, Loesch was actually a mommy blogger, producing apolitical posts about home-schooling. She also had a show on local St. Louis radio which was a stepping stone to a nationally syndicated program The Dana Show, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network, two books, and regular appearances on MSNBC, CNN and FOX News.
Of course, the fact that Dana Loesch once pitched herself to Hollywood as “a hot young mom,” tells you everything that we need to know right there.
Have you ever met a woman who described herself, in all seriousness and without irony as “a hot young mom,” to be anything but a repulsive on the inside, attention-on-me-uber-alles-at-all-times narcissist?
You can see these qualities on full display in the manner with which Loesch interacts with her Twitter trolls and goes out of her way to play the victim card at every opportunity possible.
For someone who tried so hard to break into the Hollywood mainstream, she also gave this bizarre, quasi-sociopathic rant in an extremely controversial NRA recruiting advertisement:
“They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.
All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia and smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law abiding — until the only option left is for police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage.
The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.”
That’s a lot of extreme hate being spewed at show business for someone who was so desperate to break into it. Also, it’s the NRA putting out messages like these that have created the hash tag #NRAIsATerroristOrganization
Additionally, the day after her appearance on CNN’s town hall in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, Loesch spoke at CPAC, and delivered this dark message: “Many in legacy media love mass shootings. I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”
That’s a lot of trashing “legacy media” for someone who is consistently such a big part of it.
In other words, Dana Loesch, to at least some extent, is “doing a bit.” Her love of guns and religious extremism is probably genuine. Likewise for her political views that fall into the Tea Party wing nut portion of the GOP big tent.
Loesch has “Ephesians 6:12-13” tattooed on her forearm to display her love for firearms. That specific bible passage, which historians believe to be penned in 62 A.D., references the call for Christians to “put on the full armor of God.”
There was no recorded usage of a firearm until more than 1,300 years later, but hey maybe Loesch knows something the rest of us don’t.
However, her outrage is so obviously manufactured. It’s almost Tomi Lahren level in its “I play a performance artist on television” transparency. Dana Loesch is a woman who reeks of hypocrisy and contradictions, and overall embodies a lot of the qualities and institutions that she pretends to despise.
I hope, for sake, that she’s self aware enough to fully realize this.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation.
Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, also contributes to Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat’s Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.
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