If you woke up with a serious case of the Mondays today, it might be time to put things in perspective.
Here are some individuals who somehow managed to make things much worse for themselves this weekend and/or had some rather gnarly and/or embarrassing career setbacks, in full view of the general public. (Although it’s hard to feel sorry for most of them.)
Just be thankful you’re not one of them, mmkay?
1. Marine Le Pen
While it’s important to follow international elections in the general sense, the recent frenzy around France’s presidential election has been especially captivating for Americans, thanks to the eerily familiar similarities to our own presidential election last year.
As Jezebel reports:
Many who couldn’t help but notice stark similarities between France’s impending presidential election and the recent American one feared the result would be repeated too—that a far-right, Islamophobic nominee with only a small hope of winning would triumph anyway.
Wither her unapologetic bigotry, Marine Le Pen symbolized the Donald Trump of France. Meanwhile, the widely-disliked Emmanuel Macron seemed to share many similarities with Hillary Clinton (including the fact that his email was also hacked by WikiLeaks).
Everyone around the the world waited with baited breath to see if France would follow in the United States’ footsteps and allow another racially-insensitive, far-right candidate with limited political experience rise to power.
Spoiler alert: thankfully, they did not.
Macron won with a fairly comfortable margin of victory (65%), and Le Pen was forced to concede.
So, it’s probably been a fairly rough weekend for Marine Le Pen — but, frankly, I have very little sympathy for the woman who once said “Immigration is an organized replacement of our population.”
2. Miley Cyrus
In a recent Billboard interview, Miley Cyrus made waves when she made some disparaging remarks about the hip-hop community at large, and how she was moving away from that sound:
But I also love that new Kendrick (Lamar) song (“Humble”): “Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.” I love that because it’s not “Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.” I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much “Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock” — I am so not that.
People were, understandably, a little peeved that Miley ever considered herself to be part of the hip-hop community, since she so frequently appeared to be appropriating and capitalizing on black culture.
In response to the critics, Miley posted an Instagram which (sort of) apologized for her out-of-context remarks:
When articles are read it isn’t always considered that for hours I’ve spoken with a journalist about my life , where my heart is, my perspective at that time, and the next step in my career. Unfortunately only a portion of that interview makes it to print, & A lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation. So, to be clear I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country , pop , alternative …. but in this particular interview I was asked about rap) I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I’ve collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap! As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics! I am proud to be an artist with out borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds! I hope my words (sung or spoken) always encourage others to LOVE…. Laugh…. Live fully…. to be there for one another… to unify, and to fight for what’s right (human , animal , or environmental ) Sending peace to all! Look forward to sharing my new tunes with you soon! – MC
But, let’s be real: this is not an actual apology. Nor does Miley seem to acknowledge her past ignorance on these cultural issues. This Instagram is essentially placing the blame on the reporter, as opposed to Miley accepting the fact that she’s the one who has accessorized with black culture on multiple occasions.
It’s all fine and well to decide to “move on” from a rap-centric sound — but, perhaps she should stop throwing N.W.A.-themed birthday parties for her friends? Just a thought.
3. Kevin D. Williamson
This conservative blogger published an article in the National Review over the weekend which attempted to make an argument as to why healthcare is not a basic human right — and why doctors should be charging inordinately large sums of money.
Ten years ago, I was in the office of a very fancy doctor who was always very pleased to see me, because I paid him out of pocket — my insurance card said “American Express” on it. If you can do this, I recommend it. The medical experience is very different when there is cash on the barrelhead: Appointments are kept, prices are known and negotiated beforehand, telephone calls are answered. Markets work, if you let them. My doctor had a picture on his wall in which he was posing with a Ferrari — one of his Ferraris. I was driving a Saturn VUE at the time. This seemed wrong in some way.
“I think I am paying you too much,” I said.
He took a pensive moment, and responded: “Do you really want a doctor who can’t afford a Ferrari?”
Wait — that’s the linchpin in your argument? “Do you really want a doctor who can’t afford a Ferrari?”
Um, fucking YES, I want a doctor who can’t afford a Ferrari. What do I care about Ferraris?? I can’t think of a single Ferrari owner that I would ever trust with my life!
Not surprisingly, Twitter was at the ready to roast this ignorant and near-sighted argument.
Perhaps, the next time you’re going to use an anecdotal piece of evidence to support your argument, you choose one that isn’t so laughably flimsy that it resembles a piece of Swiss cheese.
4. Raul Labrador
During a town hall on Friday, GOP Congressman Raul Labrador essentially told his constituents that healthcare was not necessary for preserving life. (Um … what?)
It’s important to note that Labrador is a card-carrying member of the Tea Party, and promotes the American Health Care Act (i.e., the “replacement” for Obamacare). When one of the town hall members told Labrador “You are mandating people on Medicaid accept dying. You are making a mandate that will kill people,” the GOP lawmaker responded by saying, “No one wants anybody to die … You know, that line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
This line truly has me banging my forehead against my desk. The line also earned Labrador a rousing round of “boo”s from his constituents.
Labrador received so much flack for the comment that he was eventually forced to apologize on Facebook for his choice of words:
I was responding to a false notion that the Republican health care plan will cause people to die in the streets, which I completely reject … In the five-second clip that the media is focusing on, I was trying to explain that all hospitals are required by law to treat patients in need of emergency care regardless of their ability to pay and that the Republican plan does not change that.
Whatever, Labrador. Good luck getting reelected! Too bad you’re not as likable as an actual Labrador!
5. Kendall and Kylie Jenner
Apparently the Met Gala wasn’t a rousing networking success for the two youngest Jenner sisters.
Okay, maybe everybody’s reading way too much into this, but here it is: over the weekend, Kylie Jenner shared this photo from this year’s Met Gala:
Here’s the thing: P. Diddy shared the exact same photo, with one glaring difference …
… Kylie and Kendall were noticeably cropped out of the photo.
Why? Did they invoke Diddy’s wrath? Did he decided that the two Jenners were two basic for his group photo? I’m not sure what the explanation is, but, considering the number of news outlets who have picked up the story, it’s sure to be an embarrassing smear on the week for the Kardashian/Jenner clan.