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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #452 - Alicia Machado Tells Trump Off

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #452 - Alicia Machado Tells Trump Off

Hi Mom, Not to have two Trump related posts in a row, but, gee wiz, there's so many things worthy of posting.

I am not usually want to rant and rave or run people's noses in the idiocy of our political candidates, but the things Trump does are so almost impossible to believe that it reinforces my belief that we have fully entered DeBord's Society of Spectacle, the circus, so deep in the maze that we no longer know we're in a maze. THERE IS NO SPOON.

Really, just say it with me, THERE IS NO SPOON.

Anything with "slut-shaming" gets my attention as this is one of my causes, one of my top causes to champion. Alicia Machado has done a brilliant job of responding to the Drumpf.


Alicia Machado Responds Perfectly to Trump’s Slut-Shaming 101 “Sex Tape” Tweet

Listen, Donald Trump has said a lot of terrible things about women. He even publicly defended doing so during the first presidential debate. He then continued to defend it afterwards, claiming that somehow, because Alicia Machado was a Miss Universe winner, that justifies calling her “Miss Piggy” if she gains weight. Now, he’s tweeted that people should “check out” her “sex tape” (a yuge stretch), in order to discredit her, and demonstrated thoroughly that he thinks women should feel shame for their sexuality when it’s not there solely to benefit him.

Friends, that’s just textbook slut-shaming. Trump didn’t even try to hide what he was doing, asserting in another tweet that the bad things he said about her don’t matter because she’s not “a paragon of virtue.” (These tweets all came in the middle of the night, by the way, because apparently the idea of a woman in charge of her own sexuality and not feeling bad about it was keeping him up at night.) First of all, it doesn’t matter whether or not Machado made a sex tape. Let’s let that just stand on its own up front. Hillary Clinton brought her to the debate to help point out bad things Trump says about women, which has nothing to do with whether or not that woman made a sex tape—or anything else she might have done, because she’d still be a human being who deserves respect.
In addition, there’s nothing wrong or morally disqualifying about making a sex tape. A presidential candidate for the United States is literally trying to discredit a woman for doing something tons of people do in their normal lives. [UPDATE: Of course there wound up being something Trump has said to fill in the second half of this paragraph. As one of our intrepid commenters pointed out, Trump hypocritically has no problem watchingpeople’s sex tapes, as The Daily Beast reported he watched Paris Hilton’s. He’d known Hilton since she was twelve, by the way, and the comments to that effect, also reported on The Daily Beast, are unsettling to say the least.]
All that’s bad enough completely on its own, but the specific facts of the situation make it even more disgusting for Trump to bring up. Claims of Machado’s “sex tape” stem from a scene filmed for a reality show called La Granja in 2005, in which Machado is supposedly having sex with a man in some grainy night-vision footage where they’re both covered by sheets. That, Donald Trump is not OK with, because it doesn’t serve his ends, I guess, but he was more than happy for Machado to participate in the Miss Universe pageant and use her looks for his benefit—until he didn’t like how much she weighed, of course.
To be absolutely clear, I don’t think Machado should be shamed for any of those things, but Donald Trump makes his position very clear as well: Women’s sexuality should exist entirely for his benefit, and anything else is worthy of shame and dismissal.
Machado, for her part, has responded perfectly to the attempts to smear her by Trump and others on the right who’ve grabbed onto this shame narrative:

Machado’s response, according to the Revelist, begins, “The Republican candidate and his campaign team are again generating attacks, insults and trying to revive slurs and false accusations about my life.” She continues that Trump simply tries to discredit women’s bad experiences with him, and he’s just using this to distract the American people from his own problems and how incapable he is to be the leader of this country. I’d guess another thing he’s trying to distract people from is the fact that his poll numbers are quickly reacting to his poor debate performance on Monday night. We can only hope that leaning into this particular controversy has more of a negative impact on Trump than his distraction tactics have in the past.
(via Uproxx, image via Miguel Campos / Shutterstock.com)
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NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.
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