MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has faced major backlash after she objected to a guest on her show using the term "hard worker" to describe House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
"I want us to be super-careful when we use the language ‘hard worker,’ because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like,” Harris-Perry said on her Oct. 25 show, going on to note that conservatives often demean the work ethic of women and minorities.
Conservatives have since taken Harris-Perry's remarks as evidence of liberal sensitivity run amok. The Blaze's Glenn Beck and Fox News' Megyn Kelly mocked her argument on a "Kelly File" segment. Greta Van Susteren, also of Fox News, called Harris-Perry's comment "completely ridiculous."
CNN's Mike Rowe, who hosts a show profiling people who work in unique jobs, has become the latest to pile on to the MSNBC host.
"There is no longer a limit to what people can be offended by," Rowe wrote on Facebook on Thursday. "Melissa Harris-Perry appears to be put off by the suggestion that 'hard work' is too often linked with success."
Rowe argued that there is a difference between slavery and hard work, since one is forced labor while the other results from an individual's decision to work hard.
MSNBC has declined to comment on the matter.
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