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MSNBC’s Joy Reid Calls Gabby Petito Case As “Missing White Woman Syndrome”

Joy Reid of MSNBC referred to the Gabby Petito case as “missing white woman syndrome”. The host of “Reidout” says she wishes Petito’s family gets justice and answers but missing black and brown people don’t get the same attention. Racism is heavily implied here and so is irony. Joy Reid has the power to do what she says should be done on behalf of “people of color” but has never done so.

Gabby Petito was a “van life” blogger traveling across the country with her boyfriend. The purpose of the van is to not only travel but to essentially live in the van that has been modified for comfort. Sort of like an RV. These types of bloggers post their journey on YouTube and/or other social media platforms. She wound up missing somewhere in the mountainous part of the western United States – maybe Utah.

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The search for Gabby and all of the drama surrounding it, including her possibly abusive boyfriend, captivated the mainstream media. Since the media covered it heavily, lots of regular people became invested as well. It became sort of a murder mystery-type television show. And unfortunately, Gabby Petito was ultimately found dead at a park in Wyoming. The boyfriend came up missing himself before her body was found although he is most likely the prime suspect in her death.

A story like this is typical of the types of stories mainstream media likes to cover for the purpose of distraction. Yes, it is sad that the young lady died, and may she rest in peace. But this is not the only event like this to happen recently and it won’t be the last. Race may play a part but not in the way that Joy Reid says. This is simply a relatable story for the general public because of how she looks. The average American may know someone who looks like this. This may also be the idealized version of how they think they look or how they want their children/grandchildren to look. That entices a captive audience and voila. No more focus on Afghanistan or the 15,000 Haitians at the Southern Border.

Joy Reid fails to mention other stories where race plays a part that does not involve white women. George Floyd is a prime example of this. If Floyd were not black and was a white woman instead, the story wouldn’t have received much coverage. It would have been completely thrown away if he was a white man. The media’s purpose behind covering this story was to advance leftist agendas in liberal areas such as defunding police and Black Lives Matter fundraising. BLM conveniently went dormant for four years and then revitalized themselves during the 2020 election cycle. Seems like these stories pop up at the perfect time to achieve the perfect goal. How convenient.

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SOURCES:

MSNBC’s Joy Reid Calls Gabby Petito Case ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’

MSNBC’s Joy Reid dismisses focus on Gabby Petito case as ‘missing White woman syndrome’ | Fox News

Joy Reid of MSNBC: Gabby Petito coverage is systemic racism – Washington Times

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid says the interest in Gabby Petito is ‘missing white woman syndrome’

Gabby Petito update: FBI asks for the public’s help in finding Brian Laundrie as new tip emerges about his previous movements – CNN

Body ‘consistent with description’ of Gabby Petito found in Bridger-Teton National Forest – ABC News

Jada Pinkett Smith suggests boycott of Oscars over lack of diversity | Oscars 2016 | The Guardian

Missing children in U.S. nearly always make it home alive | Reuters

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Why does everything come down to race? How many white people are missing that don’t get any attention at all? How many latino, asian, or other? Joy Reid’s whole implication is just base on her interpretation or limited observation of anecdotal information, and she uses that to disparage the entire culture, as if the entire nation has any say in what appears on TV. She should probably implicate herself and her industry instead.

  2. Oh, I dunno about the whiteness aspect. I’m pretty sure that if Joy Reid permanently ‘off grids’ that there will be a marked level of concern as well. The level of concern is likely to be related to Petito celebrity status, not here race. My understanding is that Petito was a social media celebrity, perhaps a minor one, ie, not as famous as Ms Reid, but still, she had a following; hence the level publicity. The truth of the matter is, if anybody could predict, with high certainty, when a story will go viral, they will be wealthier than Midas.

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