Did Donald Trump “Slut-Shame” N.Y. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?

In another colorful news week, the president was accused of what’s called “slut-shaming” when he fired out a tweet at New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. After tweeting about the president and his shortcomings in a series of multi-day statements, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand implied that the women behind the curtains of Trump’s past sexual assault accusations should come back into the spotlight.

Once Trump, or his team of PR agents, read the series of tweets, President Trump had his own response to send to the senator. In the tweet, Trump states, “Kirsten Gillibrand is someone who would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them).” Although some Twitter users are stating that one’s mind needs to be “in the gutter” to interpret that tweet sexually, others are arguing it’s a very blatant slut-shaming attack on a high-ranking female political representative in our country today.

Trump’s Accusers

To date, there are 17 different women who have come out and made their case for inappropriate touching and comments made by the past reality television star. Working together to make their voices more nationally heard these women took to Twitter to rally the troops and share their individual stories and encounters with the president. Joining them was Senator Gillibrand, who although she does not have a personal story regarding the president, was passionate about the act of empowerment that was sweeping through the ranks of afflicted women.

In response to Trump’s tweet, Gillibrand stated, “I will not be silenced.” Much like the cases that are going down right now against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, no one is safe from the accountability that victims are holding their accusers to today. Gillibrand stated she felt that Trump should be no different, as she has held a same standard to President Clinton today, whose accusers are in the dozens.

This past Tuesday, 59 female members of Congress urged the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate misconduct claims against Mr. Trump. Spurred into action by Senator Gillibrand’s public slut-shaming, the people who are demanding social justice are growing in numbers.

Protective PR

However, as we have seen in the case of Hollywood, individuals in the limelight come with a certain protective public relations sphere that keep them from being held truly accountable for what they have done in the past. Since the majority of predators are being exposed in their 60s and 70s, these men have been able to keep their history of sexual assault hushed until today. Arguably known as a protective PR stance, it certainly looks to be the case for the likes of President Trump.

And then there comes the case of slut shaming. Known as the action of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative, the debate remains regarding the interpretation of Trump’s tweet and its plausibility.

Slut-Shaming

You are probably forming an opinion right now about how you interpreted the tweet and what Trump meant by it. If there’s one thing we need to remember to be fair in assessing the news, it’s that we can’t jump to conclusions with the intonation of his tweet, although acknowledging that it could’ve been malicious in nature. Either way, the war on women continues, and tweets like that from the Commander in Chief to high-ranking officials in our nation sends a bad sign to citizens and most importantly, young girls with hopes and dreams of being respected one day.

Much like Hollywood is doing right now, politics needs to incorporate an element of accountability for past actions committed against women, as well as men. Mr. Weinstein has a list of 50-women and counting, all accusing him of various types of sexual harassment to assault. Leveraging national PR to his aid once more, Mr. Weinstein apologized in a statement that managed to dilute the message and make it more about overreaching actions than his actual intentions and law-breaking behavior.

If we are to prevent this kind of “norm” from happening again, we must hold these individuals to a higher standard. Famous PR protection is something that needs to be monitored more closely. Slut shaming, no matter the intention or deliverer, should never be tolerated, which Congress is taking very seriously right now. As the debate heats up regarding big name offenders in our world today, we are seeing that no one is safe. Protective PR can only go so far when the voices grow in strength and number, and thanks to social media, they are able to do just that today.

As for Trump’s tweet, do you believe he was slut-shaming Senator Gillibrand?

 

Nicole Devlin is a final year Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-devlin-29342364/

 

 

 

She’s Making a List, and Checking it Twice: Meghan Markle to Spend Christmas With Royal Family

Breaking a longstanding tradition that came to underscore the strict nature of the royal family, Meghan Markle, the soon-to-be newest addition to the royal family, is having Christmas her way this year. As the fiancée to Prince Harry, Markle wouldn’t normally be extended an invitation to Christmas with the family. Reserved for married individuals only, the royal Christmas is only open to insiders – and of course, Santa.

However, Markle will become the first royal fiancé to celebrate the holiday with them, regardless of what Queen Elizabeth II has to say about it. Buckingham Palace better buckle up for the exuberant and American ride that is coming with charming American actress, Meghan Markle.

Christmas Day

Markle will join the Queen and her family for the congregation morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church at the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Although no one is quite sure how accepting of this decision the Queen is at this time, Prince Harry doesn’t seem to care. The press considers it a signal as to how successfully Markle has been welcomed into the royal family already. As many are saying: it’s a Christmas miracle!

After being a popular bachelor for the majority of his 20s, Prince Harry has finally found love in the enchanting Meghan Markle. The two announced their engagement on November 207, 2017, later appearing in a BBC interview. Markle confirmed she has already met the Queen as well as the other members of the royal family, citing their grace and acceptance to the interviewer. Markle went onto say, “It’s incredible to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother.”

Markle has been a hot topic in the media lately as she is most notably American. As a mixed-race American divorcée, Markle manages to check-off all of the shocking boxes when it comes to predictability with the royal family. Markle will be the first divorced American to marry into the royal family, and will join Harry’s loved ones from Christmas Eve until UK’s Boxing Day.

Hopefully, Markle won’t be getting any coal in her stocking as the royal family is famously noted for their historic marriage traditions. Despite their reputation, however, their acceptance for Markle to join them at Christmas time does indeed confirm how happy they are to welcome her into the official family this spring.

 

After Christmas, sources have reported that Prince Harry is joining Markle to California, where he will spend the holiday with Markle’s mother and relatives.

The palace will not confirm any other details, including where Markle will stay at this time. It has been suggested that Prince Wililam, 35, and Kate Middleton, 35, will host them at Anmer Hall, which is on the estate and just 2-miles from the main house. Upon arrival, Markle is expected to bring along non-expensive, humble gifts on Christmas Eve, when presents are laid out on long tables.

More excitingly, she will get to watch her fiancée and William play football in the annual charity match, which puts workers at the estate in Norfolk against villagers from nearby Castle Rising. The day after Christmas will see Markle taking part in pheasants shoots, classic traditions that have been with the royal family since the beginning of time.

New Royal Era

Markle’s prominence and control over her engagement to Prince Harry is undoubtedly ushering in a new era of royalty in England, transferring power to the women of the group. Smashing down historic barriers, Markle is setting a precedent that will change the family forever, and they seem to be accepting of it. As a heavily Christian nation that adores the Christmas holiday, it’s a big deal for the royal family to welcome in a non-married member. Plus, Markle gets to see the extravagant gifts and meals that are afforded to the members of the adored British elite.

Markle has stated that although the Queen absolutely adores Prince Harry, she has faith in the acceptance of the royal family, soon to be her real family moving forward.

What do you think of this breaking of tradition for Meghan Markle?

 

Nicole Devlin is a final year Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-devlin-29342364/