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Explanation for the Intense Hatred of Trump by ‘Hollywood’ Celebrities

December 23, 2018 10 comments

The election of Trump on November 8, 2016 has had many interesting and peculiar effects on the state of public and private discourse in this country. For example, we have recently seen multiple prominent democrats and their surrogates loudly proclaim that Bush43 was not as big a disaster as Trumpdespite the incredibly bad track record of the former. As some of you might be aware, there is an ongoing effort to rehabilitate the public image and legacy of Bush43 and his recently deceased father (Bush41). In case you require help remembering how incredibly disastrous the Bush43 presidency really was, let me remind you it began with a stolen presidential election, went through 9/11 and its aftermath, a failed invasion and occupation of Iraq, the incredibly poor response to aftermath of hurricane Katrina and ended with the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.

And this brings me to an interesting observation about the difference in reaction of Hollywood and entertainment “celebrities” to the presidencies of Bush43 and Trump45. Why did a president as disastrous such as Bush43 never get anywhere near level of hate as that ineffectual orange-haired buffoon is getting right now? Think about it.. Bush43 presided over many monumental fuckups which were unusually expensive in terms of human lives and money, not to mention the other irreversible representational hits to this country. In my opinion, he makes Trump45 look positively benign by comparison. Yet, we never saw anything close to the continual attempts by entertainment “celebrities” to ‘take down’, ‘destroy’, trash-talk or fixate on Trump45 during the two terms of Bush43. My question is.. why not?

Some of you might believe that this has something to do with social media and the internet being far more ubiquitous in 2018 that in 2001, 2003, 2005 or 2008. Well.. that is a small part of the story. But a much larger part concerns how the inadequacies of each president were presented by the corporate media and seen by the deep state. Bush43, for all of his horrendously expensive failings, was seen as a borderline brain-damaged guy who could be reliably counted on to rubber-stamp whatever the elite and deep state types wanted. Oddly enough, though Trump45 has also been largely beholden to the wishes of elites and deep state types- he somehow elicits multiple magnitudes more hate and contempt from entertainment types than Bush43. What makes this even more peculiar is that Trump was quite popular with them before running for the presidency.

So.. how did Trump go from being somebody who was very acceptable to socialize with prior to 2016 to the literal embodiment of everything wrong about this country? Let us be honest.. his basic personality has not changed over the past few decades. He has always been a narcissistic blowhard and pussygrabber who loved the media spotlight, in addition to being moderately racist. To put it another way, he did not suddenly transform into what these “celebrities” claim to hate after he announced his presidential campaign in 2016. His lack of business acumen has been common knowledge for years and his odd interest in his eldest daughter (Ivanka) is an open secret. Just google ‘ivanka donald trump sitting lap‘ and see for yourself, or not.

My point is that all these entertainment “celebrities” who now claim to denounce and hate Trump with every breath had zero issues hanging out with him and (in some cases) even having sex with him before mid-2015. And they had far more knowledge about his numerous oddities and shortcomings than the general public. So what explains their sudden change in behavior towards Trump. How did he go from just another billionaire they hung out with (often, a lot) to a hated and detested pariah- in their eyes. And let us get real, the entertainment sector is filled with some of the most mentally screwed up and depraved people alive today. Have you heard these allegedly moral “celebrities” condemn the misadventures of Henry Kissinger in Cambodia or Bush43 in Iraq to anywhere near the level they rail against every single brain-fart.. I mean Tweet.. posted by Trump. Have they ever questioned HRC about the disastrous effects of her policies (as secretary of state) in countries such as Libya or Syria?

Anyway.. let us get back to the main focus of this post and talk about my explanation(S) for the newfound and peculiar hatred of Trump by entertainment “celebrities”.

1] A significant part of the public hate displayed by entertainment “celebrities” towards Trump after he became president comes down to virtue signalling. See.. in a place like Hollywood (used to describe the film, TV, music and related sectors), there is far more talent than there are opportunities. Consequently, everyone and their dog is trying to make sure that they maximize their chances of getting that first break or next assignment which will either make them famous or maintain their position. Since most of the hiring and casting in that sector is based on highly subjective criteria, everyone who cares about their next big paycheck (or simply a paycheck) has to make sure not to disqualify themselves. That is why everyone (who has not hit the big time yet) appears to have an unusually sunny and optimistic mindset. Face it.. that is also why there so are so many gurus, cults and other new-agey bullshit in that sector.

2] What is the common factor which unites the most vocal anti-Trump “celebrities”? Think about it.. what is common to Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Kimmel, Meryl Streep, Chelsea Handler, J.K. Rowling, Robert De Niro, Madonna and Ben Stiller. Let me give you a hint.. think of the last time they were successful in their field. In most cases, their last big hits were over ten years ago. Sure.. those were big hits, but nothing they have done since then have been significant. Perhaps they want to feel culturally relevant again? Another class of minor “celebrities” such as John Oliver, Lena Dunham, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer etc are leveraging their public displays to further improve their visibility. And let us not kid ourselves, the anti-Trump bandwagon has proven to be quite profitable for some people such as Stephen Colbert, Alec Balwin in addition to subscriptions for NYT and WP.

3] It is well-known that the entertainment sector tends to attract people with unusually high levels of narcissism. That is why, for example, cults which promise enhanced personal development to their followers can recruit so easily in that sector. Such levels of narcissism also translate into believing that they are somehow special, enlightened or chosen to guide others. To be fair, a lot of the elite class in this country suffer from that affliction. Just look at how CEOs in Silly Valley want to “make the world a better place”, ivy-league dipshits who are certain of their superior mental capabilities or neo-liberal politicians who never had a real job in their lives talk about hard work and meritocracy. Long story short, some of Trump’s haters are getting high on their own drug supply- which is darkly comic.

In conclusion, Trump is an incompetent and ineffectual orange-haired buffoon. However, all the “celebrities” who go to considerable lengths to demonstrate their dislike and hatred of him are dishonest and cynical narcissists. In my opinion, they truly deserve each other.

What do you think? Comments?

Trump’s Approval Numbers Highlight Disconnect of MSM with Reality

June 10, 2018 9 comments

As many of you must have heard for the umpteenth time by now, Trump’s approval numbers at the time of his election in early November 2016 were among the lowest ever for somebody who went on to win the election. Of course, it helped that the democratic candidate, a certain greedy neoliberal harpy, was probably even less popular than him. I mean, how else do you explain her loss in Midwestern states which have consistently voted for democratic presidential candidates for almost thirty years. Anyway.. that was almost a year and nine months ago.

So.. what are Trump’s approval ratings now? How much have they changed since the election? The short answer is- not much. In other words, his approval ratings seem to mostly hover around the early- to mid- 40s. Of course, if you are naive enough to believe some of the “polls” put forth by corporate MSM shills like CNN or MSNBC, it is possible that you think his approval dipped as low as the early 30s at one point. Then again, they also told you that Trump had no chance of winning the election as late as the evening of Nov 7, 2016.

Trump won the republican nomination, and then the presidency, because his opponents were establishment hacks who had no talent beyond mouthing empty platitudes written for them by out-of-touch ivy league scam artists. Trump, on the other hand, could afford to appear and behave like a somewhat normal human being because he was rich and famous enough to ignore the pressure to appear “presidential”. He, and Bernie, accidentally stumbled on the fact that in the post-2008 era, glib and superficial is seen as phony and dishonest while imperfect is seen as genuine and believable.

And this brings us to the question as to why an almost incessant flow of negative “news” and “opinions” about Trump, since his election, from the corporate MSM and celebrities has had virtually no effect on his approval ratings. I mean.. his approval right now is almost identical to that reported the day before he won the election. Why has the constant drumbeat of “Mueller”, “Collusion”, “Russia”, “Putin”, “Stormy Daniels” and every other scandal we have heard since his election not eroded his support base or approval to any worthwhile extent?

More importantly, why have establishment democrats lost most byelections since Trump’s inauguration. Also, why have the few democrat victories in recent byelections been almost exclusively against highly flawed republican candidates. What does it say about a political party when its senate candidate in Alabama is overjoyed to win a very narrow victory against a racist pedophile? My point is that democrats have not been able to effectively convert public outrage against Trump into electoral victories. Why not? And what does any of this have to do with the almost complete disconnect of corporate MSM from reality.

As I have said before, constantly repeating “Trump is a bad.. bad man” is not a winning electoral strategy for democrats. Even a democrat bootlicking outlet such as Vox wrote that the majority of electoral ads against Trump during 2016 were about his character (or lack thereof) rather than any plan by democrats to improve the lives of their voters. To put it another way, establishment democrats have learned nothing from their loss in the 2016 election, in addition to have forgotten nothing. As Talleyrand said about the post-french revolution Bourbons: “They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing”.

But why have establishment democrats not learned anything from their defeats? Well.. for two main reasons. Firstly, because they do not want to learn anything which might upset the gravy train of its “leaders”. Secondly, their enablers and close supporters (ivy league sycophants, corporate MSM types, deep state bureaucrats, rich celebrities etc) are unwilling to accept that the long string of electoral defeats suffered by democrats culminating in the rout of HRC in 2016 were NOT a temporary aberration on the road to an eventual triumph of their bright shiny “meritocratic” neoliberal worldview which is a modern equivalent of ‘The Thousand Year Reich’.

While there is a lot of blame to go around, corporate media types and “celebrities” deserve an especially large part- for the simple reason that they are the biggest enablers of this delusional worldview. In addition to being responsible for public dissemination of this bullshit, they provide the bubble where establishment types can hide and pretend that everything is normal. Don’t believe me? Well.. just look at the “news”? Is there a single day when most cable news channels, national newspapers, “public intellectuals” and celebrities do not work themselves into a froth over something about Trump? Do you a remember a single day where they did not criticize him personally?

Now contrast this to their almost total lack of coverage of everything bad which has actually occurred under the Trump administration. How much coverage has been devoted to the atrocious treatment of protesters arrested at the inauguration? What about the continued job losses due to outsourcing which Trump promised to halt? Have you heard much about the very negative effects of the racist midget, aka Jeff Sessions, decisions on people? What about Ben Carson gutting legal protection for poor people in urban areas? What about Trump appointing tons of CONservative federal judges? What about Ajit Pai repealing net neutrality?

I could go on (and on), but my point is that corporate media types and “celebrities” do not care about problems faced by ordinary people in USA. Furthermore, this level of neglect towards issues affecting the majority has been going on for over two-three decades. And guess what.. that is why most people in USA no longer believe what is being reported by the corporate media. It is also why “celebrity” endorsements and condemnations no longer have any worthwhile effect on public discourse and sentiment. To summarize, people know that neither corporate media outlets nor celebrities care about their well-being and respond by ignoring whatever both are pushing.

But it gets worse. We have now reached a stage where people actively believe the opposite of whatever corporate media outlets and “celebrities” are pushing. That is why all those personal attacks and propaganda against Trump end up propping up his approval numbers rather than reduce them. Yes, you heard that right! Trump’s approval numbers would be far lower if the media stopped their personal attacks on him and instead focused on the disastrous effect of his administration’s policies. But that is unlikely to happen because those policies are not really too different from the ones implemented under Obama.

And that you see is the real problem.. corporate media types and “celebrities” hate Trump because he is a vulgar man, not because his policies are significantly different from his predecessors including Obama. To make matters worse, they want to believe that they are still relevant and influential.

What do you think? Comments?