Silver lining

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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.

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49 thoughts on “Silver lining

  1. I noticed this too – the kind of patronisation that millionaire celebs inflict upon the masses that they could quite clearly do without. It was like Lilly Allen self-promoting, sorry, I mean caring about migrants in Calais, by apologising on behalf of an entire country- the Robert De Niro clip was the best thing he’s done since Meet the Parents.

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  2. As bad as Lady Gaga was (Jerry Seinfeld once opined that she had one too many “a”s in her last name), Miley was worse in my opinion. I agree with everything you’ve said, although I thought HRC was a tad bit worse than the Donald. I may like you as a rock star, as an actress/actor, but I’m not remotely interested on your views on life. I suspect that many of those celebrities who promised to move to a different country made those statements *only* because they thought that HRC was going to win and they wouldn’t be stuck with the prospect of having to move. Tsk, tsk. 😉

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    1. I hesitated to mention Miley but decided not to…purely because I couldn’t have stopped myself from writing an entire paragraph dedicated to that ridiculous, attention-seeking little girl. Ugh.
      Of course the celebrities who said they would move thought Hillary was going to win…the fools! You shouldn’t speak publicly if you’re not ready to make good on what you say. But I’m with you, I don’t care about what they think so enough patronising from you people. Especially as most of them are usually pretty stupid to start with anyway. This was (kind of) a political post up to a point, Rob and you didn’t avoid it, so thank you 😉
      (Could NOT stop myself from saying it 😜)

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  3. Beautiful post. You know my views on the situation because I spoke about it at length in the previous post. My only regret right now is that there is a T-shirt begin off to print to this entire essay on so I can wear it to work.

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  4. I’m not a rocket scientist
    But this represents a big huge vat of change
    That’s I how see it
    when ever that is presented to the masses
    It creates dissension amongst the ranks
    people just don’t know what to accept
    For the most part because Trump didn’t
    Except to win
    Now it’s like wow
    Who am I now
    And what’s next
    All the rats are scare
    Their ships are sinking
    While other are up the creek w/0 a paddle
    When you stand up on a soap
    You better be prepared to be knocked down
    The Sheldon Perspective

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  5. Sure is weird all this media madness around Trump, I hardly heard any real policy from either of them. I hadn’t seen the De Niro video till now, he’s right, Trump is potentially very dangerous, but then again, so is any US president!

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    1. No, the run up to the election was about mud slinging and name calling, not about policies and that’s shameful. Although she definitely-at least-talked about issues somewhat while he raved and talked about pies in the sky. I agree that any POTUS has the power to do a great deal of damage but he is something else *shivers*

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      1. Yes, I know what you mean, I got a strong sense she was doing the right thing and not being enticed by the mob rule thing – its good to see a politician with a cool head, unlike the nut case that is the ever newsworthy Trump!

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      2. Policies I heard I heard Trump discuss:
        Lower taxes to 15% and simplify tax code
        Repeal and replace the affordable care act.
        Temporarily suspend immigration from Syria until better vetting methods can be devised.
        Repeal policies that are onerous to small businesses
        Deport people who are in the country unlawfully and have committed violent crimes
        Build a wall and get Mexico to pay for it
        Drill more oil and fracing for more clean shale to bring USA more energy independent.
        Keep Islamic extremists “the hell out of our country.”
        Destroy ISIS
        Renegotiate trade agreements
        Cancelling TPP agreement
        Prevent elected officials from every lobbying for foreign governments
        Make it illegal to lobby in any way for 5 years after politicians leave office
        create a 35% tax on companies that move their manufacturing out of the country
        (there are some other more ambiguous things like “drain the swamp,” but I’ve tried to include only specific policies and actions)

        Policies I heard from Hillary Clinton:
        Make college free for everyone
        Increase the cap on Syrian immigration

        To be fare I listened to more Trump speeches, and I encourage anyone to fill in any policies and issues they heard that I’ve left out. I did not look any of these up – they’re what I am aware of. BTW, the trump policies listed were put forth in every Trump speech for weeks if not months prior to the election.

        Perhaps Hillary spoke of policies that I’ve left out; even if that is true, how is it honest to say that the election was …”not about policies and that’s shameful. Although she definitely-at least-talked about issues somewhat while he was raved and talked about pies in the sky?”

        I found your article here very honest and some of your comment discussion very dishonest and inaccurate. Reckless and wrong statements like this are disappointing and take away from the great article.

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      3. What I meant about the election not being about policies is this: both candidates indulged in a hell of a lot of name-calling and it took away from anything of importance they had to say…or should have said. Did you watch the debates? I did. I may be French but my English is excellent so I had no problem following what was going on. Trump veered off course on almost every question. He basically never answered anything that was asked, I found it quite shocking actually.
        It’s 3.27am over here so I don’t have time to go through your entire list. I will just say this: do you REALLY believe this wall idea is viable at all? Never mind the fact it’s crazy, is it viable? Because I really don’t think it is. That to me, is deserving of the “pie in the sky” comment.
        What about “keep Islamic extremists the hell out of our country”? Is that feasible? That’s not the way it works, unfortunately. And believe me when I say I’m ALL for keeping Islamic extremists out of EVERY country. France has suffered greatly at their hands in the last year and I can’t even begin to say how angry the whole issue makes me.
        Well, as I said, it’s time for me to catch a few zzzz but I hope this little taster of a reply is enough for now.

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      4. I was still thinking about this one as I hadn’t really reached what I wanted to say entirely – this morning something reminded me in a way – when the left starts to look ridiculous, it should carry on, because its not ridiculous!

        (Well it might be sometimes, but its important not to move to the right under pressure From the right) of instance, I was just reading some comments on FB, someone was saying (quite smartly) that being empathetic isn’t helpful, because then you become irrational, thats right wing nonsense fairy tale territory, but people believe that to be the case, consequently the left moves to the centre ground and becomes ineffective sloganeers rather than do-ers.

        I’d rather have a centre left government than a right wing one, but I admire the left most when its campaigning and progressive – I do feel that Corbyn and co are too lefty for my taste, but I don’t think they are loonies to stand up for what they believe to be right, so in a way, I like and respect them more than I probably should!

        Weirdly, if they annoy people on the right, thats good, because people on the right annoy me! 🙂

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      5. I think that Clinton went out dignified, and I like that. I think that the left shouldn’t pander to the stupid idea that we should step away from human responses like empathy. Its right to stand back and wait for people to come to their senses, rather than go running after them saying Ok, we’ll be a bit more racist if you like – what kind of leadership is that??

        My “argh” moment comes when we have to compromise in order to see our side win, its inevitable of course, no political party is going to ever get my 100% approval, but seriously, its so difficult lately!!

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    1. They really do, it’s sickening.
      Well, seems like we might disagree on the result or so I’m assuming from your reply, but that’s fine. I don’t beat people over the head if they disagree with me and I respect the fact you’d rather not say anything 🙂

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      1. Oh, no! I was merely saying that I’m simply staying out of discussions to do with US politics at the moment! That’s what I meant by “…no comment”. I’m avoiding it like the plague! I’ve managed to dodge it quite well so far. 😀

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  6. Politicians can’t help themselves, they’re as star struck as the rest of us but Hilary’s paid the price this time for surrounding herself with wealthy self centred not very bright celebrities, and you are absolutely correct most of these pop idols are stupid so why appear on stage with them? Madness.

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  7. While I don’t share all of your views (and found De Niro’s comments grossly offensive), I found your arguments here compelling; furthermore, you are one of the most objective writers I’ve read – at least on politics. I hope you write more on American politics.

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    1. Ahhh…a Trump supporter! Well, we definitely disagree but I’m not about to hunt you down and to pull you out of your car to beat you up!
      Thank you, I’d like to have more time to write about American politics because it’s crucial—America is after all the number 1 world power.
      I do try to be objective, as any journalist should be. Unfortunately, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this: the media in general is incredibly biased and manipulative.

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      1. I agree with that about the media as I agreed with your objective commentary in this article regarding celebrities. And, I have no problem with you expressing your opinions in response to comments – the responses are you talking and you’re not putting them fourth as journalism. But, I do object to wrong or grossly misleading statements regardless of where they are made.

        The policies and 100 day plan that Trump put forth speech after speech, are on youtube record for anyone to view. In most of these speeches, Trump spends 90% of his time putting forth policy ideas and discussing issues.

        An objective look at the speeches of both candidates will show that Hillary spent more time disparaging Trump and his ideas (as distorted by Media and DNC) – and Trump spent more time on policies and issues. What is not a matter of opinion, is that trump discussed many specific issues and policies. I believe it was Trump’s specific policy agenda that compelled the majority of Trump voters. (not bigotry as Hillary wouldn’t have people believe)

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  8. I just wanted to add,

    you replied “Unfortunately, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this: the media in general is incredibly biased and manipulative.”

    Are you sure this same Media didn’t provide any of the information upon which you’ve formed your impression of Trump?

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  9. “What I meant about the election not being about policies is this: both candidates indulged in a hell of a lot of name-calling and it took away from anything of importance they had to say…or should have said. Did you watch the debates? I did. I may be French but my English is excellent so I had no problem following what was going on. Trump veered off course on almost every question. He basically never answered anything that was asked, I found it quite shocking actually.
    It’s 3.27am over here so I don’t have time to go through your entire list. I will just say this: do you REALLY believe this wall idea is viable at all? Never mind the fact it’s crazy, is it viable? Because I really don’t think it is. That to me, is deserving of the “pie in the sky” comment.
    What about “keep Islamic extremists the hell out of our country”? Is that feasible? That’s not the way it works, unfortunately. And believe me when I say I’m ALL for keeping Islamic extremists out of EVERY country. France has suffered greatly at their hands in the last year and I can’t even begin to say how angry the whole issue makes me.
    Well, as I said, it’s time for me to catch a few zzzz but I hope this little taster of a reply is enough for now. ”

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    I appreciate your thoughtful response here. No, I don’t support all of Trump’s ideas or think all of them are realistic.

    I don’t disagree that there was a lot of name calling. My issue is that a lot of the hatred, mistrust and fear of Trump is based on false picture that the media and the opposition has painted. You say your impression is based on the debates… I take you at your word but your description of the debate doesn’t sound objective to me. Personally, I don’t care what people think of Trump, but I do care about him accomplishing his mandate – and propaganda against him works against the policy platform.

    Anyways, people are protesting and there is a lot of unrest. Misleading people about Trump further complicates the situation. Truth is important, at times like this more than ever. And, the truth is that Trump wasn’t and isn’t quite the mud slinging blow-hard that many portray him to be, and he was specific on policy. As I listed in another comment, he campaigned on dozens of specific policies and issues. The fact that Trump’s image has already been tarnished does not justify further tarnishing it with inaccurate information.

    To your last point, the improbability of an idea being achieved should not preclude support for the idea. The difficulty or improbability of keeping violent Islamic extremists out of the country should not dissuade people from supporting the idea – and more importantly, it doesn’t negate the legitimacy of a candidate supporting such an idea. It sends a message that the candidate will fight in that direction and with that motive.

    P.S. – Donald Trump becoming President was a “pie in the sky” notion too.

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  10. It really bothers me that people today look to celebrities as some kind of weather vein for what we should all do. No it doesn’t bother me actually it SICKENS me. I don’t get it. A celebrity may have ‘fame’ whatever the fuck that is, but that’s ALL THEY HAVE and somehow we as a culture elevate them. So does that mean we want to be famous? I don’t. And I don’t think a celebrity has anything until they have DONE something. If they do something and they become ‘famous’ because of that great/dandy/whoopie but still I’m not thinking they have much over the many people who do things every day and nobody talks about because they are not famous. The US is obsessed with famous people (I think most of the world is) because so many people need or want attention and glory. When you free yourself from needing that you realize how shallow it all is – social media perpetuates this which is why I find it hard to spend a lot of time online. I realize we have to play the game somewhat because we’re in the game but sometimes it gets REALLY STALE. I think you absolutely put your finger on it here, and more should talk about this issue because we are going in the WRONG direction. We laugh at those who think and read and we glorify those who bitch and grind. What a world.

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    1. That last sentence of yours. So true! Yes, the US and the rest of the world are obsessed with celebrities. I don’t understand it either, they are just people, not gods. We’ve discussed it before but I would never want to be famous. There was a time when I aspired to be “recognised”, in a particular field (writing of course) but I never wanted celebrity. I like my privacy far too much to want that BUT most people would give their right arm for celebrity. Because they are in dire need of validation I should imagine. I think that’s why we’ve seen the rise of the totally pointless celebrities like the Kardashians, because people see they are nothing special, they’re not clever or funny or educated or talented and yet…they have everything. They could be anyone and the average Joe thinks: that could be ME! So sad.

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    1. This is so weird, I almost asked (replying to your second comment) if you wrote! What you said about us being rainbows…I wanted to ask if you did any writing and then didn’t.
      And now I see this! Wow.
      I’ll certainly check it out, I’m intrigued 🙂

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      1. I’m not as young as you seem to think I am. I always wanted to write too but it didn’t happen for me for ages. You should never give up if it’s something you really want 🙂

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      2. Costume designer for TV and films sounds interesting though. It’s creative in any case so you’ve been able to express that facet of your personality that way, I’m sure 🙂

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