Following Kyle Rittenhouse's emotional testimony, MSNBC's Joy Reid criticized the teen for using "male, white tears" to garner sympathy as his trial nears its end.
On November 10, Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand in his own murder trial and delivered an emotional testimony, at one point breaking down in tears.
Not wanting miss out on an opportunity to condemn the tears of a teenager, many celebrities took to social media to voice their opinions. CNN's Ana Navarro, for example, accused Rittenhouse of crying "crocodile tears," while Lebron James suggested he "ate some lemon heads before walking into court."
MSNBC's Joy Reid joined in, offering her take on the trial via TikTok.
Reid began by comparing Kyle Rittenhouse's trial to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, wherein she says the now Supreme Court justice "cried his way through," adding that "his tears seemed to be more powerful than the tears of Christine Blasey Ford."
"In America," Reid continued, "there's a thing about both white vigilantism, and white tears, particularly male, white tears." She then went on to refer to white tears as those of "Karens," people who "Karen out" then cry when they get caught.
Rittenhouse shot three, white men during riots in Kenosha, Wisc., killing two, on the night of August 25, 2020. The trial is to determine whether he shot in self-defense. This has widely been reported to be a trial about race, because Kenosha was the site of a police involved shooting on the night of August 23, when officers tried to enforce a restraining order against Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times, resulting in paralysis. The small city of Kenosha was gripped by riots that began on August 23 and stretched for three days. Many businesses were burned to the ground.
Reid went on to accuse conservatives of trying to "politicize the idea that masculinity is being robbed from American men by multiculturalism and wokeism," while still wanting to "be able to have their tears."
She concludes by touting a related post on the ReidOut Blog, written by Ja'han Jones. In the piece, Jones suggests that Rittenhouse "sniffled, quivered, contorted his face, bloated his cheeks and did just about everything else you’d expect of a novice actor attempting to convey sorrow," adding that they believe white tears have "tremendous value" in America.