Tammy Bruce

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Tammy Bruce
Tammy Bruce.jpg
Born (1962-08-20) August 20, 1962 (age 56)
OccupationRadio host, writer, political commentator
Partner(s)Brenda Benet
Websitetammybruce.com

Tammy K. Bruce (born August 20, 1962)[1] is an American radio host, author, and political commentator. She is an on-air contributor to Fox News Channel, and writes material for the Fox Forum blog.

Career[edit]

She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California and is currently a PhD candidate at Claremont Graduate University.[2]

For seven years, Bruce served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1990–1996). Bruce served two years on NOW's board of directors, but later criticized the organization in one of her books. During the early 1990s, she spearheaded the campaign to publicly criticize the sexualized violence in the novel American Psycho, and led an effort to boycott all titles by the book's publisher, Knopf, for a year.[citation needed]

In 1996, the NOW Executive Board voted nearly unanimously to censure Bruce for what it claimed were "racially insensitive comments" during the O.J. Simpson murder trial.[3] In May 1996, Bruce resigned as president of Los Angeles NOW.[4] Bruce claimed that the censure was due to her focus on domestic violence, as opposed to defense attorney Johnnie Cochran's "racial issues" trial argument.[5] Since then, Bruce has written about the dispute in her critique on what she sees as the failings of NOW, and the political left in general. She has said that the feminist establishment in the U.S. has abandoned authentic feminism.[6]

In 2003, Bruce was appointed to serve on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Transition Team after his successful recall election against Gray Davis.[7]

In 2014, Bruce created a short video for the educational website Prager University in which she summarizes her criticisms of the contemporary feminist movement.[8]

In 2004, Bruce argued that gay Americans were not uniformly supportive of same-sex marriage, and that marriage should be restricted to heterosexual couples.[9] She described civil unions as an alternative providing equal rights.[9]

Bruce hosted a national radio program on Talk Radio Network through much of the 2000s. She returned to TRN in 2012 as a guest host following the cancellation of The Laura Ingraham Show.

Bruce was the subject of controversy in May 2017, when appearing as a guest on Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight, she criticized an autistic child for asking Vice President Pence for an apology when he accidentally brushed the young boy in the face.[10] Among other things, she said "I guess we’re giving birth to snowflakes now, because that looked like that kid needed a safe space in that room."[11] She later apologized on air.[12]

In December 2018, Bruce appeared on Fox News to criticize the decision of one Scottish coffee shop to call "gingerbread men" "gingerbread people." Bruce said, "obviously, they’re men". She characterized the decision by the coffee shop as "the tipping point" in policing free speech.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

In her book The Death of Right and Wrong, Tammy Bruce writes of her involvement with actress Brenda Benet, who killed herself in a home she had shared with Bruce. They were romantically involved for a time after Benet left her husband, actor Bill Bixby. Bruce had moved out two weeks prior to Benet's suicide. On the day of the suicide, Bruce thought that she would meet Benet for lunch. According to Bruce, Benet was locked inside the bathroom of her home when she arrived. She sensed something was wrong and went to get help, but once Bruce stepped outside, Benet shot herself. The book Soap Opera Babylon said that Benet was involved with a male co-star on Days of Our Lives just prior to her death.

In a 2006 interview with C-SPAN, Bruce stated she was technically bisexual, and that for her, identifying as lesbian was a choice.[16]

Bruce has stated that she is of Italian and Scottish descent.[17]

Bruce has stated on Fox News and on her website that she is a Christian.[18]

Books[edit]

  • The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds (Prima, 2001) ISBN 0-7615-6373-3
  • The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values (Random House, 2003) ISBN 0-7615-1663-8 [19]
  • The New American Revolution: Using the Power of the Individual to Save Our Nation from Extremists (Morrow, 2005) ISBN 0-06-072620-2

Films[edit]

Tammy Bruce made her film debut in 2081,[20] an independent film based on Kurt Vonnegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron." Bruce plays the role of Diana Moon Glampers, the United States Handicapper General in a technologically advanced, totalitarian-egalitarian state. The film was released in 2010. Bruce also starred in a supporting role in the 2011 documentary The Undefeated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Birth Index". Familytreelegends.com.
  2. ^ "Tammy Bruce". Fox News. 2011-01-13.
  3. ^ Noble, Kenneth B. (1995-12-18). "Outspokenness on Simpson Case Has California Talk Show Host in aCaldron". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  4. ^ Gleick, Elizabeth (1996-01-08). "Fighting Words". Time, Inc. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  5. ^ Bruce, Tammy. "The New Thought Police," Random House, 2001.
  6. ^ Gillin, Beth (2005-11-29). "Packing heat – and political punch". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2005-12-10. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  7. ^ Nicholas, Peter; Gold, Matea (2003-10-11). "Schwarzenegger Team Focuses on 2 Key Posts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  8. ^ "Feminism 2.0". Prager University. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b Bruce, Tammy (February 25, 2004). "Respecting Marriage and Equal Rights". Newsmax Media. Archived from the original on May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  10. ^ "Fox News contributor apologizes for mocking 10-year-old boy with autism as a 'snowflake'". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Fox News Contributor Slams An 8-Year-Old As A Stalker Snowflake Who "Needed A Safe Space"". Media Matters. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Fox News Contributor Tammy Bruce Apologizes for Comments About 'Snowflake' 10-Year-Old Boy". Mediaite. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  13. ^ Moye, David (2018-12-19). "Fox News Contributor Tells Tucker Carlson Gingerbread Cookies Are 'Obviously Men'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  14. ^ McNamara, Audrey (2018-12-19). "Fox News' Tammy Bruce on 'Gingerbread People': 'Obviously, They're Men'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  15. ^ "Calling cookies gingerbread 'people' suggests we're 'spiritually neutering' ourselves, Fox News' Tucker Carlson says". theweek.com. 2018-12-19. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  16. ^ "Book Discussion New American Revolution – Video – C-SPAN.org". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  17. ^ Twitter
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "NYT Bestseller May 11, 2003". The New York Times. 2003-05-11. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
  20. ^ "Watch "2081" a new film based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron"". finallyequal.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015.

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