If there’s one good thing that has come out of this election, it’s this: celebs all over the States have been brought back down to earth with a nice healthy bump.
It turns out Bey wearing a t-shirt with the slogan: “I’m with her”, standing next to Hillary wasn’t enough to sway the voters. Who would have thought it? Queen Bey isn’t all powerful after all.
I, for one, am glad because it might (let’s all cross our fingers) mean celebrities finally realise a lot of us don’t give a flying fuck about their political opinion…or their views about anything, really…and maybe, just maybe they start to keep their mouths shut.
I’m on social media a lot, I check out the news everyday across all different platforms because: I have to job-wise and because I like to know what’s happening in the world in general and that includes popular culture.
Thereby I can tell you that at least half the media coverage of this election was dedicated to ‘which’ celebrity had said ‘what’ about either candidate. As if it matters. As if we care. Nobody with a personality and brain is going to make their mind up on important issues because of something Lady Gaga said.
Yet the celebs came out in force during this election, making a big old fuss and some of them are now throwing temper tantrums because the result didn’t go their way. As it happens, Lady Gaga is acting like an idiot right now (isn’t she always?) All those dramatic statements about “women fighting for their lives following Trump’s election” are not helping anyone. They are just fanning the flames and that’s the last thing the States need right now. There were protests straight after the election which I can understand. People were upset, they were scared, they expressed those feelings the only way they could. Fair enough. But, that’s it now, it’s done, it’s over. Some of the displays from the anti-Trump protesters have been shameful: is this the best you can do to denounce his bigotry and stupidity? Violence towards policemen, Trump voters and damaging your city is hardly going to make your point, is it?
So, Lady Gaga should use her “celebrity power” to deliver calm statements rather than encourage despair and drama. Or better yet, she could just shut up. Her and Lena Dunham could no more keep quiet though than I can stop myself scoffing any dark chocolate within a one-mile radius. More’s the pity.
Someone once said to me (a few months back actually) “they’re celebs, anything they do is hot!” I’m afraid my response to THAT was a rather undignified snort. Followed by: “really? Maybe it is if you’re insecure with no personality and no brain but otherwise? Nuh-uh.”
I admit it: I shared THAT video a few weeks before the elections. You know the one: Save The Day…I did it going against all my principles because I was frankly terrified Trump would win and I was desperate. The video was cringey, yes, how could it not be? A bunch of celebs taking themselves way too seriously and clearly imagining “ordinary” people could be swayed by their views. But I shared it and I never usually do that kind of shit because I couldn’t care less what celebrities think…I repeat: desperation was at the root of such a decision. None of it made any difference in the end.
Why should it? The media has inundated us with celebs and their (too often) mundane opinions on everything from the benefits of drinking milk to politics for so long now that maybe the tide is turning. Oh, there will always be those who worship and blindly follow false idols because there will always be idiots—but perhaps the general public is getting tired of all that celeb coverage.
Emma Watson, whom I’ve no doubt is an intelligent and interesting young woman has been hiding feminist books on the tube in London. She did it in New York too last week which the media, falling over themselves to fawn, described as “the perfect response to the Trump victory”. Hmm…really?
Emma Watson was, of course, wishing for a Clinton win, urging women to go out to vote because “we deserved a female president.” Of course what she neglected to take into account is the fact many women would NOT elect a female president just for the sake of it. We are not that shallow, or desperate, thank you. As much as I wanted Hillary to win, my sole reason was to stop Trump because he was/is SO much worse as an alternative—but wild horses wouldn’t otherwise have dragged me to a booth to vote for Hillary. Not that I could vote since I’m not an American citizen, but you get my point.
The fact is, Emma Watson was a great Hermione and (as I said) she might be a very nice, intelligent young woman but I do not care about her being a feminist and I don’t care about her political views. And I certainly don’t want to read about her “activism” in the media because there are many, many other things worth reading (and writing) about. Her leaving books in the New York subway was not the answer to my despair following the Trump victory, it wasn’t uplifting or inspiring—it was just a celeb (more intelligent than most but still) hiding books in the subway, that’s it.
There is such self-indulgence in celebs “speaking their mind” and often coming up with a lot of bullshit in the process…although it is gold for lazy journalists.
Did any of you see that Robert De Niro video railing against Trump? Now, THAT I didn’t mind. I liked it so much actually that I was almost ready to forgive him for having become a caricature of himself. You know why that video was great? Because it was totally lacking any kind of self-indulgence. It wasn’t meant to be seen (it was an out-take), it was unrehearsed and just a rant from a man—not an actor—who was outraged by the behaviour of a presidential candidate.
De Niro was the only celeb (at least he’s not z-list and actually deserving of the name) I could stomach in the run-up to the presidential election, and now it’s all over I just want them all to disappear. Many of them threatened to leave the country if Trump won (as if that would make US citizens quake with fear) so why not make good on that promise…and if you are now regretting making hasty promises, then at least keep quiet. Your opinions did not make one blind bit of difference to the election result, your opinions won’t make any difference to the aftermath either. Maybe you should go away and reflect on the fact the golden age of celebrity might be over, something the media might soon cotton on to. Hopefully.