Right-Wing Trolls Go Out Of Their Way To Offend Liberals By Trashing Maya Angelou



We lost a great and wonderful woman on Wednesday when Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. Angelou, who was renown not only for her groundbreaking autobiography ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,’ but also for her lovely poetry and activism. She was the quintessential American success story. She was a woman who came from pretty much nothing. She fought both racism and sexism and built herself up into one of the most respected poets and authors in the world. This was a woman who recited her own poetry at not one, but TWO, Presidential inaugurations. Her impact will be felt for decades to come.

Well, apparently because she was seen as a hero by minorities, women and liberals, some conservative writers decided to use the opportunity of her passing to take a big, giant crap on her legacy. Essentially, they felt that her death was the perfect time to troll. One blogger in particular went out of her way to be as offensive as possible. That would be Debbie Schlussel, professional hate-monger who has made it her mission to spew inflammatory rhetoric, especially when it comes to blacks and Muslims.

In a blog that she posted to her personal site on Wednesday, Schlussel called Angelou a “Racist, US-hating, Anti-Semitic Nutjob.” And that was just in the title! Schlussel spent the majority of her post pointing out that Angelou was not only an awful writer, but that she was an anti-Semite for associating with the Nation of Islam and that she was a “madam and a prostitute” who fled to Africa because she hated America. Per Schlussel, she only returned to help Malcolm X build the Nation of Islam. Schlussel also points out that Angelou never contributed anything positive in her entire life.

Below are some of the worst portions of Schlussel’s post:


Once again, Billy Joel’s lyrics-“Only the Good Die Young”-are proven true, as Marguerite Ann Johnson a/k/a “Maya Angelou” dies at age 86. Angelou was America’s most overrated crappy writer, all because she was Black . . . and a far-leftist.


I was one of the lucky American kids who was never forced to read this Friend of Oprah cretin’s god-awful “writing,” the most overrated dreck on paper. Sadly, high school and college students all over America are forced to wade through her written bath of dung because it’s chic among the brainless radicals who dominate American education at all levels.


Maya Angelou did nothing good for America-not in her Grade A Gitmo Torture Material “writing” and “poems,” not in her many pretentious speeches and pronouncements.

But she’s being lauded today by the many liberal morons across America who worship at the altars of yoga, gluten-free, Priuses, and ADHD.

They like their gods empty.

Maya Angelou is one of those IQ tests pop culture presents us with all the time. If you’re a fan of Angelou, you failed miserably.

I hope she packed light because it’s very hot where she’s headed.

Maya Angelou, Rot In Hell.


You have to hand it to Schlussel…that is some grade-A trolling. But, then again, it is her specialty. Heck, it appears to be her profession. On the other hand, over at the National Review, their writers decided to be a little more subtle in their approach. Rather than beating you over the head with a hate stick like Schlussel, writer Tim Cavanaugh decided to use his article to give Angelou some backhanded praise, point out how boring her writing and poetry was, all while trying to paint her as a full-fledged gun nut. In fact, he titled his piece ‘R.I.P, Maya Angelou, Proud Gun Owner and User.’ He also posted a compilation video of comedian David Alan Grier impersonating Angelou.

Below is an excerpt from Cavanaugh’s piece:


I will confess that Angelou’s writings did not generally keep me up reading all night, but she had an impressive career and earned celebrity in a business — poetry — that is not known for catapulting its practitioners to megastardom. Angelou got what may have been the widest audience for her work when she read a non-rhyming poem at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993. Older readers may recall that “On the Pulse of Morning” seemed like a slog at the time, but I can tell you it’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” compared to Richard Blanco’s “One Today,” which rung in President Obama’s second swearing-in, and Elizabeth Alexander’s 2009 inaugural work “Praise Song for the Day,” a poem so boring economists now believe it reduced America’s 2009 GDP by a quarter of a percentage point.


Cavanaugh has already received some blowback from numerous writers, who have rightly pointed out the callous nature of his piece. Not only did he go out of his way to highlight how boring Angelou’s writing was, but he made sure to shoehorn in the fact that she owned a gun and present it as some kind proof that Angelou was a proud defender of Second Amendment rights. Cavanaugh did find a defender, however, at the Daily Caller (big surprise, considering Cavanaugh was once an editor at DC.) Betsy Rothstein wrote a piece slamming Politico’s Dylan Byers for having the temerity to criticize Cavanaugh. Apparently, because Byers isn’t a poet himself, he has no business criticizing Cavanaugh’s piece. Or something.



Who can blame Byers for being outraged? Especially since his own poetic writings clearly rival those of Angelou. Have you seen “And the wondering” — a dramatic reading of Byers’, ahem, literary blog performed by The Daily Caller’s Will Rahn? (Sure, he’s one of my editors, but without a trace of ass kissing, I can honestly say that aside from those blooper reels on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, this is among the funnier things I’ve watched in the past few years.)



In the end, besides trolling and hoping to offend non-conservatives, what was the point of any of these articles? Seriously, I just want one of these writers to stand up and present the case that they weren’t just looking to ‘stir the pot’ and get a reaction.

37 Replies to “Right-Wing Trolls Go Out Of Their Way To Offend Liberals By Trashing Maya Angelou”

  1. It is so sad that people can’t stand to see the american people really appreciate the beauty of someone other than the white race. She have earned every praise that have been given toward her in living and in death. Her poems and books tells a story and they are very deep, those who hate her are wishing they had the gift that she had. She never made a secret of what she did in the past or what happen to her in the past because she knew it might help someone else from going down that same path. This lady seem like she have a lot hate built of because a lot american people is showing respect to wonderful and gifted black woman who spoke her mind regardless who you were. She respected everyone and others respected her the way it should be. It took her years to achieve that and when she did she worn it proudly.

  2. Lol….I don’t even know or care who these ” RW trolls” are! Thank goodness I am very aware of Dr. Maya Angelou writings and poems…..

  3. uncaJoe, It’s classic projection. They are so ate up inside so empty that they must have company for their misery. The call liberals “haters” because quite frankly they envy Liberals and Democrats for their open minds,kind hearts, intellects and sense of justice. They are just petulant envious children.

  4. I’d say it says something about Maya Angelou that everyone knows HER name but very few know the names of these other people.

    That said, if they’re trolling and you know they are trolling, why are you feeding them? That’s what they want, that’s why they do it.

    Stop. We don’t need to here from THEM – we need to hear from the next Maya Angelou. Devote an article to THOSE individuals, not the ones that feed on hate.

  5. What was the point? To get some of the limelight for themselves. They couldn’t let the entire story be about Maya Angelou’s passing; they needed to make sure that the country didn’t forget about them while it mourned. At best, it’s a desperate need for attention.

  6. Being a sexworker and a brothel keeper isn’t a negative. It is a big part of her legacy and as we have the debate over legalization of prostitution, it is essential that we realize that people like her should never have been seen as criminals by society.

    Remember, they (the RW) don’t care about anything else except punishing you if you don’t share their “morals”.

  7. I had never heard of Debbie Schlussel before reading this piece, and now I am sorry that I have…what a piece of walking, talking crap she is!

  8. The New Republic also displayed their conservative “honor,” “class,” and “patriotism” with a ridiculous, boorish, and basically unreadable hit piece on Ms. Angelou. Apparently they thought their mouth-breathing monosyllabic “readers” would be able to wade thru the first two paragraphs… but that appears to have been in vain, as so far, only one other person appears to have read it and bothered to comment. Unintentionally hilarious? Yes. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117924/saint-maya-angelou-product-blissfully-bygone-america

  9. And you know what the response from the great Maya Angelou would have been to a pair of clowns like these, you may draw a small circle that excludes me but I will draw a larger circle that includes you.

  10. This is absolutely true! Last evening I was reading some posting regarding this great woman and it was out right sickening. Some of the very worse were on that, “Christians For Michele Backmann.” What a bunch of sick bigots, racist and hateful people.

  11. Looks like a lot of jealousy on Debbie’s part, she will never be lauded over. Her hatred and vicious tongue are dispicable, can’t even respect the passing of another human. This shows such child like behavior she should hang her head in shame. I have read many of Maya’s poems and find them insightful and beautiful… The world has lost a beautiful soul Rest In Peace Maya.

  12. The people who are the subject of the article aren’t worth one second of your time: This is beautiful.
    The Gamut-
    Soft you day, be velvet soft,
    My true love approaches,
    Look you bright, you dusty sun,
    Array your golden coaches.

    Soft you wind, be soft as silk
    My true love is speaking.
    Hold you birds, your silver throats,
    His golden voice I’m seeking.

    Come you death, in haste, do come
    My shroud of black be weaving,
    Quiet my heart, be deathly quiet,
    My true love is leaving.

  13. The right wing trolls sound like those who persecuted Christ and Galileo and Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa and Cesar Chavez. Angelou never instigated war. She never called for revenge. It seems she never hated anyone. What was her sin that the right wing demons needed to disparage her? I guess to them, the call to be spiritual, kind, compassionate, literate, educated, knowledgeable, and appreciating a moral life is just so much communist jargon. It must be hard living every day trying to think up more hateful invective to jab at others in order to make a lving or to make oneself feel important. So the right wing, lacking confidence, spirituality, a genuine moral grounding not based on racism and war, has to invent more and more and outrageous bile to make themselves better. And of course, superiority is what right wing haters need more than, I think, food. The corrosiveness at their core is glowing like radiation from Fukushima.

  14. And how would Dr. Angelou handle such words spurred at her???? ——– Exactly! Now do the same. Don’t give recognition to stupidity!

  15. maya angelou was classy, elegant and dignified. those are not words you could use to describe any of her detractors.

  16. Let the right wingers talk all the trash they want about Maya because that’s all they have. No intellect, no insight, no grace, no kindness, NOTHING….they have NOTHING to offer! One Dr. Angelou is worth more than ANY number of Ann Coulters, Phyllis Schlaflys, or Sarah Palins.
    It strips their real agenda to its truthful core when all the conservatives have is insults to throw at someone and their life’s work.
    Rest well dear woman, you have done well and have left many who will miss your grace and insights.

  17. You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may tread me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
    Weakened by my soulful cries.

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don’t you take it awful hard
    ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own back yard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I’m a b…

  18. Maya Angelou

    May 26.
    MEMORIAL DAY 2014…Her last Facebook post:

    “And now we come to the day where we can honor the brave men and women who have risked their lives to honor our country and our principles. Our history is rife with citizens who care and who are courageous enough to say we care for those who went before us.”

  19. It saddens me that anyone could be so filled with Hate and disrespect..she has to miserable, I shall pray for her.

  20. Maya Angelou spoke beyond race and gender rights issues, she spoke of the universal human spirit. I was touched to witness her speak locally at Austin Peay University back in 1998 when I was just a senior in high school. This week I was compelled to pay tribute to her with my artwork. You can see my portrait of the author along with some inspiring words of hers at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-memoriam-maya-angelou.html Drop by and tell me how her life’s work inspired you as well!

  21. The racism and sexism that drip from the likes of this Schlussel thing are all too typical of the far right. Like other trolls, she is too full of hatred and negativity to see that Maya Angelou was a dynamic human being who made mistakes in life and not only learned from them but rose far above her early circumstances in life. With her talents in writing poetry and writing, period, along with her activism, she touched infinitely more lives than she could have ever been aware of. She weathered adversities like being raped in childhood and going mute after learning her rapist had been killed after she told what happened; her son’s accident that left him paralyzed but that they overcame through faith, strength, and determination; and the parental abduction of her son’s son by his non-custodial mother for several years, although he was eventually returned to his father. She was not perfect, but she was a phenomenal human being–unlike the small-minded fool aka Debbie Schlussel.

  22. What’s curious is that this article is complete pomp and circumstance. Maya Angelou was a vicious Jew Hater who went to Egypt to demonstrate solidarity with Jew Killers AFTER the Odessa project where Abdul Nasser and German nazi sympathizers were planning to literally blow up Israel…not a small bomb, but one laced with things like Polonium. So I respectfully disagree, she was a vicious anti-Semite and I pity Jews and non-Jews who think that she was some kind of superhero.

    I have absolutely no idea why she was considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. She doesn’t even begin to hold a candle to Hemingway, Ellison, Faulkner.

    On another note, I could care less if she was a prostitute or a madam, or any of the other silly things that affected her own personal sphere of influence.

  23. Well maybe you never appreciate the works of someone that’s not your color. And Archie comic books do not count. Go away simpleton

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