Conservative journalist and author Michelle Malkin is speaking out in support of Tamera Mowry, the former child star who said last week that she was subjected to hurtful racism online because she has a white husband.
Mowry, who starred along with her identical twin on the '90s sitcom "Sister, Sister," is biracial and married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley in 2011. Speaking Friday on an episode of the OWN network's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"
the 35-year-old said she was shocked by some of the comments she read about her relationship online.
"I get called 'white man's whore,'" she said through tears. "The new one was 'back in the day you cost $300, but now you're giving it to him for free' … It's hurtful, because my husband and I are so openly and fine with showing love, but people choose to look past love and spew hate. That's what hurts me because I've never experienced so much hate ever in my life."
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In a column on her website Wednesday morning, Malkin wrote that she, as a Filipino woman married to a white man, has also been on the receiving end of racial remarks online.
"Mowry is not alone... Take it from someone who knows. 'Oriental Auntie-Tom,' 'yellow woman doing the white man's job,' 'white man's puppet,' 'Manila whore,' and 'Subic Bay bar girl' are just a few of the printable slurs I've amassed over the past quarter-century," she wrote. "Horrific? Yes. Shocking? Not at all. What Mowry experienced is just a small taste of what the intolerance mob dishes out against people 'of color' who love, think, and live the 'wrong' way. I've grown so used to it that I often forget how hurtful it can be."
Malkin also believes that some of the online critics who bashed Mowry are motivated by politics.
"Mowry's sin, in the view of her feckless detractors, is not merely that she married outside her race. It's also that she is so open about her love for a white man who — gasp! — works for reviled Fox News," she wrote. "Neither of them is political, but the mere association with Bad Things (Fox, conservatives, capitalism, the tea party, Christian activism, traditional values) is an invitation for unabashed hate."
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