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Problematic Women: Instagram Sisters Outed for Controversial Mother, Pamela Geller

by The Daily Signal | 3.27.18

Kelsey Harkness / @kelseyjharkness / March 01, 2018

Kelsey Harkness is a senior news producer at The Daily Signal, and host of “Problematic Women,” a podcast and Facebook Live show. Send an email to Kelsey.


#ProblematicWomen: Episode 34

Instagram stars’ show canceled after reporters unearthed their identity. Their mom’s a controversial figure who’s been the subject of terrorist plots. Was concealing their relationship to their mom deceitful or understandable? We discuss on this week’s episode of “Problematic Women.” And, Jennifer Lawrence has a surprising critique of Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinsky discusses #MeToo, and we sit down with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the highest-ranking woman in Congress.

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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast published an article titled “The Instagram Stars Hiding Their Famous, Muslim-Hating Mom, Pamela Geller,” highlighting the great lengths four sisters went to avoid disclosing their relationship to their mother, who is a controversial political commentator and activist.

“The Instagram-famous family have gone to great lengths to conceal the identity of their Islamophobic mother,” wrote The Daily Beast. “[Their mother is an] anti-Islam activist, hate-monger, and diehard Trump supporter.”

The Daily Beast failed to mention that Geller has been the subject of multiple terrorist plots. In 2015, for example, CNN reported Islamist extremists plotted to behead Geller, raising the possibility that the sisters—Claudia, Jackie, Olivia, and Margo Oshry—may have gone to “great lengths” to conceal their identities, in part, for security reasons.

After being outed, the sisters apologized to fans for controversial tweets The Daily Beast dug up from back in 2012 and 2014. Claudia Oshry said her and her sisters’ views “are separate from” their mothers.

“We want to be clear to our audience and fans that our political and cultural beliefs are not anti-Muslim or anti-anyone,” she said. “Our views are separate from our mother’s. Being raised by a single parent, we were taught to make our own choices based on our personal beliefs. We are inspired to think for ourselves and we do. We do not condone discrimination or racist beliefs of any kind.”

But that didn’t stop tech platform Oath from canceling their show, raising the question of whether children (who are now adults) should be held responsible for their parents’ political views, and whether individuals should be held responsible for public statements they made when in their teen years. We discuss these questions and more in this week’s edition of “Problematic Women,” co-hosted with Bre Payton of The Federalist.

We also address the Mona Charen controversy at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Jennifer Lawrence’s surprising critique of Hillary Clinton, and speak with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the highest-ranking woman in Congress.

Watch in the video above, or listen in the podcast below.

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