Russian TV presenters mocked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with comments about her sexuality, gender and skin color, according to a video going viral on social media.
Jean-Pierre became the first black woman and openly LGBTQ person to serve as White House press secretary after Jen Psaki resigned on May 13.
The video clip, which has been viewed more than 80,000 times so far, was shared on Twitter on Wednesday Daily Beast Columnist Julia Davis.
“Kremlin propagandists on Russian state television give a warm welcome to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre,” she said in a tweet accompanying the video.
“This revealing clip shows racism, sexism and homophobia. It’s pretty typical of bigoted Russian TV, but don’t watch if you have high blood pressure.”
The video features TV presenters and journalists speaking, accompanied by clips of Jean-Pierre speaking in her role as White House press secretary.
The video also has an English translation running at the bottom of the page.
news week was able to independently verify that the words accompanying the video match what is being said. However, it is unclear when the video was recorded.
“This girl will make it for a month or two, then she will be replaced to your satisfaction. They will replace it with a white straight man,” said TV presenter Evgeny Popov.
Fellow host Olga Skabeeva replied, “Let’s live long enough to see it.”
Journalist Andrei Sidorchik then accused Jean-Pierre of not being qualified for the role.
“She admits she wasn’t chosen [her] professional skills, but because she is a black migrant etc. and this was ensured by her predecessors,” he said.
“If she makes mistakes, that will be her excuse. ‘I’m not a professional, I was chosen for other reasons.’”
Popov added that he’s been to university and read a lot of books, but that doesn’t qualify him to represent the United States in the White House.
While laughing and pointing to the video of Jean-Pierre, he said it was more important how she looked and finished by saying that at least she was “cute”.
US President Joe Biden released a statement following Jean-Pierre’s appointment, emphasizing his confidence in her to do a good job as White House press secretary.
“Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity required for this difficult task, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating the work of the Biden-Harris administration on behalf of the American people.”
“Jill and I have long known and respected Karine and she will be a powerful voice speaking for me and this administration.”
Jean-Pierre previously served as Deputy Chief Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. According to the White House, she was a longtime adviser to Biden.
“It’s a real honor. I look forward to serving this administration and the American people,” Jean-Pierre said on Twitter after her appointment was announced. “I have big shoes to fill. [Psaki] was a great friend, mentor and excellent publicist.”
news week has reached out to the White House for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/karine-jean-pierre-russian-tv-host-white-house-press-secretary-racism-homophobic-1708089 Russian state television calls Karine Jean-Pierre ‘dark-skinned immigrant’