So we have all agreed that 2017 was some year right? And even though Oprah killed it at the Golden Globes this year, and inspired so many with her speech, it raised questions in me. I fully understand the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movement and how it is empowering to women to have their voices heard, but something is just not sitting right with me. When did it become okay to ruin someone’s life and career based on an accusation that hasn’t been proven in court? I don’t think anyone really talks about that, wants to talk about it, or the fact that the Great Oprah is, or now was, a big supporter of Harvey Weinstein before all that ugliness came out.
Look I am not going to ruffle anyone’s feathers, but I feel like even though many people are being praised for speaking out, there are so many people who are still shamed for their opinions. Why is it that people that lean-to the right in this country, feel the need to hide? I know I do, and I also know that I may lose followers because I voted for Donald Trump. Why is that?
You may want to ask yourself, why would a bipolar mess, living on disability, with a struggling economic family, AND Muslim background, vote for him? At the time, I saw it as a fresh change, a man with a voice, and someone who wouldn’t answer to lobbyists. But now, I am not ashamed to admit, that even though the Stock Market closed at its highest the past couple of weeks, and the economy is booming, I believe The President of the United States needs to stay the fuck off Twitter. My best friend disagrees with me, and says he is not going through political filters and addressing the people straight from the horses’ mouth, but goddamn, I think he is making a total ass of himself. And the fact that his mental illness is being evaluated, raises some more questions in me.
If suddenly, after a powerful speech, #Oprah2020 is trending on Twitter, and people are calling for her to run for President in 2020, why is it so horrible to people that Donald Trump may be suffering from some sort of mental illness? Are mentally ill people lepers, incapable of holding a powerful position? Is that what you’re saying America?
Even though I feel The President is making an ass of himself, I think it’s because it’s what the manic mind does. It’s no excuse, and that behavior should be reigned in, but to be honest, mania makes you feel like you can take on the world. I have to say, I owe a lot to my mania for making me successful, and I think that’s where he stands. The only difference between him and a person like me, is a doctor caught me with a net, and no one caught him yet.
But politics isn’t what disturbs me about the way things are nowadays. What disturbs me, is how only one side is being praised and congratulated. Everyone is standing Tall and Proud, patting themselves on the back for speaking about injustice, when there are so many GOOD people out there getting their lives ruined, because someone accused them of something. And as much as I always have ADORED Oprah and all her selflessness, I feel off about the whole thing. The same applies to how off I feel about The President’s tweets.
I just feel like a vast majority is being silenced in the wake of all the “bravery” coming forward these days. People forget that the “silent” majority is why Trump won the election. People forget that anyone who has a Muslim background got their shops bricked and destroyed right after 9/11, and I speak from experience.
I guess it’s the human condition is that people will always hear what they want to hear, and when things get uncomfortable or ugly they look the other way. Hollywood always looked away for years when these women were getting abused, INCLUDING Oprah. And to be fully honest, Trump does seem like a predator too, but Bill Clinton shamelessly was the predator for years, and was always praised.
It comes down to what you believe, and what you want to stand up for.
I don’t feel right about the whole thing though, and I don’t know if I ever will, or if things will change anytime soon.
So ironic, especially since so many think that times have changed, when for most of us, it really hasn’t.
Just something to think about.