There is strong public evidence that Denise McAllister is savage and also a dope for openly criticizing her boss’s wife. But contrary to what the Twitter mob says, there is no evidence she's anti-gay.
McAllister, a conservative writer, was dropped Sunday as a contributor to the right-leaning Federalist and Daily Wire websites after a Twitter bender wherein she got into a back-and-forth with some critics.
The day before, McAllister had tweeted about trying to talk to her husband only to have him tell her, “Woman, you know better than this. The game is on.” She explained in a subsequent tweet that his remark was in jest, but nonetheless she “fetch[ed] him a beer,” and when there was a commercial break, he kissed her to show appreciation.
Yes, I gagged after reading the tweets, too. But the Twitter mob, almost exclusively a liberal phenomenon, kicked into gear, swarming McAllister with comments about her apparent subservience to her husband.
This is how the Internet functions now: Person you’ve never heard of says something even slightly debatable, and it turns into controversy you’re expected to care about.
It ended up costing McAllister some income after Yashar Ali, another journalist, highlighted her tweet, remarking “Oh Denise :(,” to which McAllister responded by mocking the fact that Ali is gay.
“A gay man commenting on a heterosexual relationship is just. Sad. Pathetic really,” Denise said in one tweet. “I think @yashar has a crush on me. Maybe I’m making him doubt his love of penis,” she said in another. In a third, “Oh so sad. @yashar is lost. He doesn’t know his purpose as a man. He doesn’t know his purpose as a human being. He doesn’t know his purpose as an Individual. So he wallows and tries to find himself in another man’s asshole. Sad.”
Without any condescension at all, Ali tweeted, “I guess Denise is not happy that I’m worried about how her husband treats her.”
This is what the passive-aggressive leaders of the Twitter mob do. They pick up on a comment that, God forbid, some people might disagree with, and then they share it with their thousands of followers knowing full well that all of them will horde the person who was unlucky enough to have believed she could speak freely about her marriage.
Shortly after McAllister’s tweets went up, the Daily Wire and Federalist stated they were no longer working with her. It probably didn’t help that McAllister just a few days before had publicly criticized Federalist founder Ben Domenech’s wife, Meghan McCain of ABC’s “The View,” as a “mental midget.”
A news write-up in the Washington Post referred to McAllister’s comments about Ali as “homophobic.” CNN’s S.E. Cupp called McAllister a “raging homophobe.”
Is McAllister a homophobe? I have no clue. I’ve never met her and had never heard of her until Sunday. She didn't return a message I sent her for comment. But no one who has suffered through the insufferable Twitter mob can blame her for her temporary insanity. It is hell to sit through what McAllister undoubtedly knew would be days' worth of nameless, pictureless people in her Twitter mentions, attempting to shame her for expressing a view that isn’t uncommon — which can essentially be summed up as “pick and choose your marital battles.”
McAllister hit back at Ali where she thought it might hurt because she knew what he was encouraging the Twitter mob to do to her. That doesn’t automatically make her a homophobe. It makes her a righteously angry woman.