MSNBC’s Pleasure Reid Questions Media Give attention to Gabby Petito Case: ‘Lacking White Lady Syndrome’

MSNBC’s Pleasure Reid on Monday questioned the media deal with Gabby Petito after stays constant together with her description have been discovered. Utilizing a time period coined by the late journalist Gwen Ifill, Reid dubbed it “lacking white lady syndrome.”

“The way in which this story has captivated the nation has many questioning: Why not the identical media consideration when individuals of shade go lacking? Nicely, the reply really has a reputation: Lacking white lady syndrome,” she stated on “The Reid Out.”

Reid cited different situations of the so-called syndrome, together with the media consideration on the circumstances of Natalie Holloway and Laci Peterson, earlier than being joined by Derica Wilson of the Black and Lacking Basis and Lynette Gray Bull of Not Our Native Daughters.

On-line, there was backlash to Reid’s evaluation, however there was additionally assist as viewers shared experiences that spotlight what number of lacking individuals experiences have been about Native American girls or girls of shade.

Conservative pundit Mike Cernovich wasn’t a fan, nonetheless. He tweeted, “Pleasure Reid HAS HER OWN SHOW. She is a part of ‘Lacking White Lady Syndrome’ tradition. What number of occasions has she spotlight lacking and exploited black girls or modern-day human intercourse trafficking?” Creator Neal Boortz accused her of taking part in “the race card.”

On Sunday, police discovered stays in line with 22-year-old Petito’s description in Wyoming. She and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, had been road-tripping throughout the American West this summer time, posting their #VanLife pictures on Instagram, however the social media shares stopped in late August. Laundrie returned to his mother and father’ house in Florida alone on Sept. 1 and her mother and father reported her lacking Sept. 11. Police are at the moment searching for Laundrie, who refused to talk to investigators earlier than disappearing.

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