Why Do We Care About Candace Owens?
Who is Candace Owens, anyway? I ask from the perspective of a woman who is returning to the news after a few weeks’ “maternity leave” (if a freelancer can call it that) to all this buzz about a conservative love affair with an African-American woman who is known best for attracting the attention of Kanye West. Is she the reason Kim Kardashian is campaigning hard for the Twitter edit button?
Again, I ask that in all seriousness because Owens’s background is about as illustrious as Kim K’s. Currently, she is the director of urban engagement for Turning Point USA, a Conservative PAC with a questionable history of strange and bizarre campus activism that includes students in diapers protesting “safe space” culture at Kent State. The same kind of famewhore behavior litters Owens’s resume. A college dropout, she did a brief stint with Vogue before becoming an administrative assistant. All that desk jockeying left her plenty of free time to develop a series of questionable websites that involved everything from rude jokes about Trump’s penis to potential doxing of “Internet bullies.”
Obviously a millennial searching desperately for her fifteen minutes of fame, Owens found it one weekend when rapper Kanye West decided to comment, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.” Keep in mind, the Twitter-illusive West also then used Twitter to comment on Donald Trump’s “dragon energy.” But, hey, look! Kanye praised a Republican! And she’s black! And a woman! Conservatives jumped on the Owens ship much the same way they grab at anyone not white and male who speaks (however briefly) a right-wing opinion. Look! Look, we are turning your stereotypes on their heads! Look at how the tables are turning! Look at how cool WE are! The famewhore’s 15 minutes came and the conservative world caught a case of VD (virtual delirium) right along with it. If only they had a vaccination for that.
As it turns out, her 15 minutes with Kanye was short-lived when the rapper trotted her out on TMZ, where he declared “slavery was a choice” (truly Busey worthy for its sheer nuttiness). Not to be outwitted, Owens the famewhore proceeded to praise Louis Farrakhan (in a tweet she then deleted) and now by attacking the #MeToo movement. The woman who once wrote that “stay at home wives” were “batsh*t crazy” and should get back to work took an anti-feminist stance, tweeting:
The entire premise of #metoo is that women are stupid, weak & inconsequential.
Too stupid to know what men might want if you come to their hotel room late at night.
Too weak to turn around and tell someone not to touch your ass again.
Too inconsequential to realize this.
Her attack on the #MeToo movement was “coincidentally” released right before Turning Point’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit. To be sure, it generated some press for both her and her organization's event. However, it also brought to mind comments from an essay she'd probably rather forget. One defending Bill Clinton at Monica Lewinsky's expense: