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The rise and fall of Ken Bone

Ken Bone, a former christian rock band drummer and IZOD junkie was the highlight of Sunday nights horrific presidential debate. Bone, an undecided voter asked the candidates a very straightforward, and earnest question about energy policy and quickly became the internets calibre. His now iconic red sweater, sold out within a matter of hours as shoppers planned their Halloween costumes. Shortly after he became a household name, the red-sweatered voter spawned a “sexy” Halloween costume. He was then offered to a porn contract.

Along side his porn offer, he become a popular meme.

Memes are essentially dehumanizing. To become a meme, an image must be dissociated from its reality and turned into something else. To become a meme is very different from being an actor and then becoming a meme than becoming a meme off of a regular picture. In the case of Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things,” Barb, the awkward girl who asked for extra homework and stayed home on a Friday night to organize her rock collection. Her daily wardrobe consisted of mom jeans and giant glasses, is so uncool that she’s way cool.

It’s okay when the object of ironic enjoyment is a fictional character who doesn’t have to live the rest of their life after becoming a viral meme. If Barb’s face is emblazoned on street art and t-shirts, that’s profit for the actress who plays her, Shannon Purser. “Stranger Things” was the up-and-comer’s first TV role, and becoming a meme could easily lead her to bigger and better parts. After all, it’s just a character, it’s not who Purser really is. When it’s a real person, the tone takes on what is referred to in Uproxx as a “subtler form of playground bullying.” You can’t call Ken Bone “fat and bald,” because that would be mean, but you can compare him to one of the characters from the board game “Guess Who.” On the Internet, fan appreciation sometimes look a lot like trolling.

Can you tell the difference between the two cases? It may be hard to define, but you know it once you see it. For instance, tweets of people commenting on his weight or appearance are obviously crossing the line. For example, @kathiemrr: “He’s not fat. He’s Ken big bone.” Others have even compared him to Jerry Gergich, the overweight oaf from “Parks and Rec” who memorably had a fart attack. Those are easy to recall. But, what about the tweets calling for Bone to run as a third party candidate or even suggesting that he should win the Nobel Peace Prize? Are they really celebrating a nice guy who just happened to be thrown into the political spotlight or are they doing something else? And what happens to Bone when it all goes away?

Bone, who works at a power plant, has said that he’s ready to go back to his usual life and cash out his 15 minutes of fame when its up. After all, he’s just a regular American voter who somehow finds themselves as a momentary media sensation. In the meantime, he’s making the most of his fame. After reactivating his old Twitter account, Bone has received over 200,000 followers and  tweets about Dad Jokes and musings about the insanity of Internet fame. “Just saw this,” Bone posted along with a photo of himself he received in his junk email. “I’m spam now! That’s the mark of a real fake celebrity.” He’s so self-aware and such a good sport that it’s hard to be mad that he’s getting the attention, even if he has started shilling for Uber.

The Internet is on the verge of ignoring what made this a memorable moment to begin with: Bone’s question was a reminder that this no good, horrible, very bad election affects actual humans, whose income are dependent on the outcome of the election on November 8. It’s not about the Orange Hitler, it’s about the everyday Americans who continue to be caught in the crossfire of an increasingly ugly race. It’s okay to make Ken Bone a star, but we all need to remember that he’s a regular human just as we are and not just your meme.

 

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It never ends with Trump…

According to Daily Mail, in August 2016, an anonymous “Jane Doe” filed a lawsuit claiming that Donald Trump and his friend Jefferey Epstein held her as a sex slave when she was only thirteen years old. The women also claimed to have a witness, “Tiffany Doe” to the incidents regarding Trump and his friend.

According to the mysterious “Jane Doe” she has said that Trump “initiated sexual contact” with her in four different occasions. Since she was thirteen at the time, consent was not an issue. If Trump had any sexual contact with her back in 1994, it was definitely  a crime. On the fourth incident, she says Trump tied her to a bed and forced her in “savage sexual attack,” while she begged for him to stop. She says Trump violently smacked her across her face. Afterwards, she also said that Trump threatened that if she had ever told anyone about his encounter with her that he would “physically harm if not kill” her and her family. And ever since then she says she has feared him.

Tiffany Doe, herself says that she greatly fears Trump as well. Tiffany Doe was Mr. Epstein’s party planner and her duties were to always “go out and get attractive adolescent women to attend these parties.” Thats when Tiffany had recruited Jane at the Port Authority in New York, persuaded Jane to attend Epstein’s party, and thats when she actually witnessed the sexual assault upon Jane from Trump and Epstein.

It is extremely rare for a rape victim to have an eye witness but Tiffany Doe says in her report:

“I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.” 

Given all this information, and based on the record this far, Jane Doe’s claims seem to be credible. Epstein’s own sexual crimes and parties with underage girls are well documented and secured, as is Trump’s relationship with him two decades ago in New York City. Trump told a reporter a few years ago: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Powerfully, Jane has an eyewitness to all thee aspects of her claim, and her witness also put herself in danger by coming forward because Epstein without a doubt knows her true identity.

No stranger to this case can say whether Trump is innocent or guilty of these new rape charges. But we can look at his record, analyze the court filings, and make a determination as to credibility — whether the allegations are believable enough for us to take them seriously and investigate them, keeping in mind his denial and reporting new facts as they develop.

We live in a world where wealthy, powerful men use and abuse women and girls every day. It is an accuser’s desire to stay anonymous, and her terror of coming forward. We ignore the voices of the women at our uncertainty.

It is time to listen to the voices and ask ourselves, what do you call a nation that refuses to even look at sexual assault claims against a man seeking to lead the free world?

 

Only Strong Soldiers Don’t Get PTSD?

On Monday, October 3, Trump drew criticism for his remarks that many people interpreted as reinforcing a stigma that veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are weak (PTSD). After Trumps comment it definitely sparked up an emotional debate.

What sparked this emotional debate was at an event organized by the Retired American Warriors PAC in Northern Virginia, when he was asked about his plans to curb veterans’ suicide. Trumps response to this question was “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t handle it. They see horror stories, they see events you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it …” Critics took exception to Trump’s portrayal of the victims of PTSD as being people who “can’t handle” the things they saw in war, in contrast to the room of veterans he was addressing, who are “strong” and who “can handle it.”

As wrong as Trump was for what he had said, it’s very annoying to see that people actually think he isn’t.

Vice President Biden asked “Where in the hell is he from?” and in reference to Trump’s comments, Biden confessed he had only been told about Trump’s comments and had not heard them firsthand. Biden also said “I don’t think he was trying to be mean. He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed.” Many felt the line about some veterans not being able to “handle it” was taken out of context. Trump’s surrogate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn made a statement saying “Trump was highlighting the challenges veterans face when returning home after serving their country. The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans—an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice.” Too add to Trumps defense, former Marine staff sergeant, Chad Robichaux, said “I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda,” He is also the one who asked the question that led to Trump’s controversial response. “I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them.” In my opinion Trump is not even a little enlightened on mental health issues, and for him to talk about and say that PTSD are for the weak then that clearly shows he doesn’t know anything.

Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, didn’t attack Trump as aggressively as others did but rather said the incident illustrates just how complex an issue PTSD is. “When political leaders talk about things like PTSD and suicide, they need to be responsible and precise,” Rieckhoff told the Hollywood Reporter. “And unfortunately Trump is not a precise person.” When a national leader is going to talk about a mental health issue and suicide ecspecially, they should use accurate information and the appropriate language.

Trump calls former miss universe “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”

Would you want a president that told publicly bashed someone multiple times about weight gain and forcing them to cut it? As for me, I would not. Growing up I wasn’t always the skinniest girl in school. I would see the attention the boys would give girls with nice curvy bodies while I had “fat” on me. It hurts to see that, thats just how society is now days and to see our future president body shaming someone makes him another reason as to why he shouldn’t be president.

Trump didn’t body shame just someone, he crossed the line with women by body shaming former miss Universe, Alicia Machado. According to Machado, she had said months after winning the miss Universe contest back in 1996 he ordered her to loose weight. Not only did he order her to loose weight, he went as far as calling her “Miss Piggy” for gaining weight. Its one thing to tell a girl she is fat or over weight but, its another thing to publicly embarrass her in front of thousands and millions of people on national TV. While Trump was in an interview with Howard Stern, he publicly called her an “eating machine” and also invited nearly 100 media outlets to watch her exercise in the gym.

“She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds and she went to 160 or 170. So this is somebody that likes to eat,” Trump said then. But, he didn’t stop there. Trump went even further into his criticism by invading her privacy and criticized her diet. In an interview with Inside Edition, Machado had said “I was depressed in that moment.” She also mentioned that he didn’t only make her feel “so fat,” but he also made fun of her english-speaking ability calling her “Miss Housekeeping.” Toward the ending of her interview she told us about how her weight issue lead to 5  years of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, which made her over the past 20 years go to a psychologist and help her fight this.

After all the shame Trump put her through he reportedly admitted that he did press the former miss universe to loose weight.

“She was impossible … She was the winner and you know she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. He also had told Fox & Friends “And Clinton found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa and it wasn’t quite that way, but that’s OK. Hillary has to do what she has to do.” During the first presidential debate, Hillary brought up Machado and defended her, telling reporters that “One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them,” Clinton said. “And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.” Hillary had a very good point, during an interview Machado had mentioned that she was the first miss universe since Trump had bought the pageant yet he was embarrassing her about her weight gain and her race.

Sources say that Machado said she will become an American citizen in time to vote for the November election. In a previous interview sources asked as for whether she would cast her vote for Trump, she burst into laughter and said, “He can’t be a president.” Trump bullied her “all the time,” she said. And the billionaire didn’t deny forcing her to shed pounds, telling the Times, “To that, I will plead guilty.” To own a pageant business and then embarrass a former winner of your pageant, it is just completely unprofessional and imagine Trump as president… Who knows what he would do to people that are “over weight” or “so fat.”

 

 

 

 

 

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