It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
1. Tomi Lahren
Another week gone by, another toxic Tomi Lahren comment that managed to annoy the sh*t out of everybody.
After Meryl Streep’s moving speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, conservative pundit Lahren went on a Twitter rant which seemingly contradicted her persistent philosophy of how people who complain are “liberal snowflakes.” Lahren criticized Meryl’s politically-bent speech, and called her a member of the “Hollywood elite.”
Lahren also tweeted out a link which strongly implied that she believed Meryl Streep (winner of roughly 166 awards) to be an “overrated” actress.
Here’s the thing, Tomi: you don’t get to talk sh*t about one of the most beloved actresses of all time without consequence. Twitter promptly began to roast Lahren for her comments, which made the whole thing marginally less nauseating — but the fact that someone like Streep is unable to give a single, earnest speech when receiving an award for a lifetime of significant work without prompting a wave of infuriated backlash is kind of a travesty.
2. Mitch McConnell
Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday night/Thursday morning to take the first steps in dismantling Obama’s Affordable Care Act — unfortunately, they have yet to offer any replacement alternatives.
According to Jezebel:
The final Senate vote was 51-48 along party lines, and happened just before 1:30 a.m., an hour at which all the best decisions are made. The vote allows Republicans to vote to repeal the law through a budget package, without the Democrats being able to filibuster to stop it. Democrats tried to protest and were told that they were out of order.
While Mitch McConnell wasn’t the sole instigator of this incident, he is the Senate Majority Leader — which holds him to be the most responsible when these sorts of decisions are made.
“I think it’s important for this country to know this was not a usual thing, this is a day which lays the groundwork for 30 million people to be thrown off their health insurance,” Senator Bernie Sanders said. “And if that happens, many of these people will die.”
Great. So excited to know that people are getting their healthcare taken away, with no alternatives in sight! Hooray 2017!
3. Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston has admittedly been sort of annoying ever since he decided to date Taylor Swift in what was easily the most annoying romance of 2016. However, he managed to trump his previous level of irritating when he delivered an acceptance speech for the Golden Globe award for best actor in a dramatic series on Sunday.
While the speech clearly was intended to come from a good place, the whole thing seemed highly self-congratulatory and pandering:
One night we were having a bite to eat at the canteen where we were staying, and a group of young men and women tottered over to the table … they were a group of Médecins Sans Frontières doctors and nurses. And they wanted to say hello because during the shelling the previous month, they had binge-watched The Night Manager. And the idea that I could provide, or that we could provide, some relief and entertainment for the people who worked for UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Program, who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken made me immensely proud.
I see what you were trying to do there, Tom, but the anecdote just seemed to be a humble brag that somehow manages to utilize traumatic events in South Sudan for the sake of emotional manipulation.
You’re a good actor, Tom, and we all know that you can do better. So please: do better.
4. Donald Trump
I usually try to leave this entitled jack-o-lantern out of the weekly “Aw, HELL Naw” list because it’s almost impossible to keep up with the unacceptable and offensive things he says and does on a weekly basis.
However, this week was a notable exception, as Trump may have very well taken the first step in destroying the free press.
After an unverified report was leaked by BuzzFeed and CNN which indicated that Trump had ties to the Kremlin and enjoyed paying prostitutes to perform “golden showers” shows in hotel rooms, the president-elect held his first press conference in six months on Wednesday. During the press conference, Trump disparaged these news outlets and their credibility, and promised that there would be “consequences” for them. He then refused to take a question from a CNN reporter, telling him that his outlet was “fake news.”
While this may seem like a small incident, it isn’t. It is indicative of the larger things to come, i.e., if Trump doesn’t like a piece of reporting, or if a news story dares to challenge him or his judgement, he will freeze them out and refuse to speak to them. This could have a seriously adverse affect on journalistic integrity, and could very well result in Trump controlling the spin of the general media.
It’s pretty frightening, and it’s only just the beginning.
5. The Women Who Launched This Clothing Line
Once again — acts committed with the best intentions don’t always hit their mark. Sometimes, they can end up being pretty tone deaf.
Michelle Hirschberg and Karen Land Short are two “ad creatives” who started a T-shirt line this week which sports the slogan “Not This White Woman.” As in, “I am a white woman who did not vote for or support Donald Trump.” This is a sentiment that many can sympathize with, but the tone and the shirts themselves are a bit problematic.
While it’s great that 100% of the T-shirt sales proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood, it’s extremely troubling that this shirt exists. This piece of clothing is a weird attempt for white women to reconcile some sort of guilt they feel about their perception. As Jezebel writer Kara Brown says:
Listen, I get it. It’s a horrible thing to be be stereotyped. Walking into a room knowing people might have negative preconceived notions about you is nerve-wracking. Having to shoulder the blame for something you didn’t do isn’t fair. Tough shit, boo! … Could you argue that these ludicrously stupid shirts are mostly innocuous and perhaps even a genuine gesture of goodwill? Sure. As long as we can also discuss how deeply self-involved you’d have to be to put this on your body and wear it with anything less than satirical shame. You might as well wear a hoodie that says: “I have black friends,” or: “I dated an Asian guy in college.”
Instead of purchasing these T-shirts to advertise what a good person you are, why not just donate the money straight to a Planned Parenthood location that primarily serves women of color? Not only would you be accomplishing just as much, but you wouldn’t have to include any self-congratulatory merchandise in the process.