Time to Cull Celebrity Campaigners

I can't be your Facebook friend. i just can't

One of life’s most basic lessons is never to assume. Check your facts. And never, ever assume you can win your audience with arrogant self-importance.

Hillary’s leftwing press failed dismally in this regard. And so did she. What both parties assumed was that everyone believed their spin. That eloquent words shape a nation’s attitudes. That Hillary’s fraternizing with Hollywood was lauded. And Hollywood was even more misguided. The ordinary people clearly didn’t care when singer Katy Perry stood up and in a spectacularly condescending manner, dictated who people should vote for.

What must have come as a crushing shock is that she just wasn’t that important. What Katy did … or said, just didn’t cut it. Similarly, people did not care when Beyonce and Jay-Z ran a free concert (which, incidentally, they only half-managed to fill) and Hillary embraced them with gushing rhetoric. The sexist, racist trash that emanated from Jay-Z’s mouth should have been enough to turn off the most avid Hillary supporter but that aside, again, why do these celebrities in their opulent bunkers not get it that the world does not generally give a toss. When did they start believing their own press? Just because Vogue endorses a Kardashian doesn’t mean the world takes note.

And just like badly raised children unaccustomed to not getting their own way, post-Trump victory, many of these same celebs had a toddler tantrum.

Emotional intelligence was severely lacking. Many expressed a desire to flee to Canada. Not Mexico, mind you. Too risky. Canada obviously sounded more comfortable. As far as I know not a single celebrity has left yet. They’re throwing tweeting tantrums because this is the first time they’ve had to deal with the fact that beyond their privileged lives, no-one really cares. Tweeting – and encouraging riots is their mature response. Saluting democracy? I think not.

And Lindsay Lohan? A recount? This is your carefully considered opinion? Miley Cyrus, who claimed to care passionately for women’s rights was another star campaigner.  Hard to take someone too seriously when they’re pictured cavorting on stage with a giant blow-up penis. Or riding nude on a wrecking ball. Somehow I don’t see young girls aspiring to be just like her. Not once have I heard my own daughter express any vague adulation. Miley can sing, yes, but it ends there. And Hillary was happy to be endorsed by her? And assumed the masses would listen? Big mistake.

While celebrities have perhaps behaved with scant regard to maturity, mere mortals have acted no better. The most wanton and immature threat of which is; “I can’t be your Facebook friend anymore. I just can’t.” Sounds unbelievable until you realise that it’s really happening. A friend’s American relative did just that, daring any of her Facebook friends to show their hand. If they didn’t, it hinted at their Trump allegiance and for this, she would defriend them. Shocking but true. I can only be your friend if your opinions mirror my own. Free speech at its best.

Eating humble pie when things don’t go your way is tough. But it’s the mature thing to do. It reveals true character and resilience. I applaud you for doing just that. One of a handful of pro-Hillary supporters, Australian journalist Joe Hilderbrand, admitted the ‘Lefties blew it‘.

Politicians would do well to follow suit. Take Australia’s Labor leader, Bill Shorten. Perhaps he’s regretting calling America’s new president ‘barking mad’.  In fact, at the precise moment (delightfully caught on camera) when he heard the ‘barking mad’ Trump had the top job, his expression mirrored my son’s when he realizes his younger brother has beaten him to last night’s leftovers. Crestfallen. A sense of total betrayal and disbelief. How could he? Or in Bill’s case, “What do I say when I eventually meet this guy face to face?” Here’s the thing, Bill, every single human being is flawed. You should know. Perhaps you should acknowledge this publicly.

Not that Trump will be without his regrets. A serial motor mouth, he needed to put a lid on it plenty of times. This campaign turned darned ugly. And I’m sure encouraging wife, Melania to grace his customized Boeing 727 in a GQ magazine spread 15 years ago is among his regrets. Not to mention hers. Melania may reportedly speak five languages, but the nude shoot featuring her languishing on fur with little but diamonds to hide her well-honed form, has definitely come back to haunt her.  And the nightmare will return every time she tries to get too serious. I don’t suppose it was even a vague consideration that she would one day be America’s First Lady when she suggestively bared all. What to do? Perhaps give a deep and meaningful Vogue interview on ‘things I regret’. A message to young girls perhaps? I’m sure her press will put a positive spin on it.

Just don’t expect this ever so slightly cynical old hack to believe a word.

© Jessamy Owen 2016

Desiree Johnston

Desire Johnston

Where do you live and how long have you lived there?

Milton, Ontario, Canada.

What do you love most about Canada? Like least?

Love Most:  I love the seasons!  You can experience all four seasons to the fullest.  It feels like it resembles different stages in my life

Like least:  The fact that I cannot pop in and have a cup of tea with my parents.  That it takes three flights to get to them before I can actually do that!

What is your favourite time of year?

Fall / Autumn!  I absolutely LOVE the intense and bold colours and the crisp bite in the air.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make when moving to Canada?

That I couldn’t pick up the phone and chat to my Mom everyday.  That it took an hour to find a couple of groceries that should’ve taken less than 10 mins.  That we had to have two young singles live with us to help pay the rent.  That I had to look after an 11-month-old baby to help put food on the table and then to be diagnosed and treated for depression.

What do you miss most about your country of birth?

Family and Friends! Being able to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas together.  Our kids growing up without their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

What keeps you busy? (Business interests?)

Personal Assistant and an Independent Consultant for a natural Herb and Spice company… easy to sell something you believe in.

What is your favourite place?

 To be able to sit under my pergola and just stop, soak up and enjoy the beauty of my garden whilst reading, having a cup of tea with friends or sipping an occasional glass of wine with dear friends over dinner and having a good laugh while you are at it!

Any favourite restaurants/bakeries/cafes etc?

The ‘Tea Room’ in Streetsville … the scones are just too delicious!  ‘Starbucks’, ‘Timmies’ (Tim Horten’s) and ‘The Hill Curry Co.’ in Streetsville.

Any hobbies?

Gardening, growing herbs and veggies, canning and preserving.  I actually just love pottering because I do have a creative side to me.

The person you most admire?

I have three …

My Man … for being a living example of standing firm and not being shaken by the arrows that come and his ability to put it in the ‘Lord’s intray’

My Dad … for pushing on every day during his 13-year struggle with cancer.  He has certainly taught me how to persevere in spite of where one finds oneself.

My Mom … for teaching me that nothing is too much!  To love and serve unconditionally.