For about the past year I have repeated the same conversation with my grandfather anytime we see each other. He sits down next to me and always asks the same question--"Have you seen that Megyn Kelly?" He then goes on to list her age, salary, the degrees she holds, and to state that she was much too good for her first husband.
In this "Groundhog Day" of politics and family gatherings, I never saw Kelly's appeal. As a twenty-three year old who worked at her university's women's resource center and has an Instagram account under the name @feministdisneyprincess, to say my political views differ from my eighty-something grandfather's is an understatement. But as his granddaughter, I will listen to his opinions because, let's be honest, they're not changing. My own knowledge of Kelly up until this point was that she is a Fox News Anchor who is occassionally parodied on "Saturday Night Live."
Can we take a second and laugh about all those "Fox and Friends" corrections?
But I digress, after having the same conversation with my grandfather several times I never fancied myself a Kelly fan. Maybe it was too early for me to make a judgement, having never seen her show, but based on the facts--Fox News Anchor, loved by my conservative grandfather--I figured she wasn't my cup of tea.
Side Note--My grandfather is one of my biggest fans. He is extremely complimentary and proud of everything I do. I WILL be jealous of any woman who takes that spotlight from me.
Then, a funny thing happened. After the GOP debate I found myself siding with Kelly. Maybe not in regards to Planned Parenthood, but she called Donald Trump out on his treatment of women and for that I give her props. Post-debate the internet was a-whirl with a lot of positivity and negativity towards Kelly. Trump had his own thoughts on her actions, which I won't repeat here, but I will say it's not the eloquent, composed rebutal I would want from the president of my country.
I bring you all of this to say, sometimes you've got to stand with someone even if you don't necessarrily see eye-to-eye. To me, open-mindedness means being willing to hear someone else's opinions. It doesn't mean you have to change your own belief system. I may not agree with everything Kelly has to say, but she had the guts to do something she saw important and take the (In my opinion, undeserved) backlash for it. I applaud her for that. I hope she sets an example for people wanting to speak their mind, but unsure of taking that first step.
So, in a turn of events which may simultaneously fill my more conservative pals with shock and glee--I stand with Megyn Kelly.
There I said it.