“We cannot be defined by hateful, sick extremists, and we cannot be silent,” reality TV mastermind Andy Cohen implored. “We have to be aware of what’s happening around us before it gets any worse” (see video below). Cohen, who created the Real Housewives phenomenon and who usually likes to keep it light (if sometimes catty) on his popular Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, was responding to a horrid week in American history.
A disgusting race-based shooting in Kentucky shared the headlines with more than a dozen pipe bombs being sent to news organizations, politicians and liberal advocates — but even these horrendous acts were wiped off the front pages by a horrifying antisemitic mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Cohen, like the rest of America’s non-fringe citizens, saw the tragedy as a time to stop. To stop the madness.
Cohen reported that antisemitic attacks were up 60% last year. Cohen knows his audience, and he knows that for many of them he is delivering the news, not just commenting on it. After informing his viewers that there are four candidates running for office in the US with “openly white supremacist views” and many others who are “using hate speech or have affiliated themselves with extremist organizations,” Cohen asked his audience to put some “love and kindness” into the world. One way might be by voting against the candidates he referred to, but Cohen did not name the candidates.
— WWHL (@BravoWWHL) October 29, 2018