Virgil Abloh Talks Work, Life — but Not Politics

CHICAGO — “Incredible” is how Virgil Abloh described being recognized by his hometown with his first major retrospective, “Figures of Speech,” opening June 10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
“I think within the narrative, within the work and the show is a little bit like, it’s a little bit sort of like, reaffirming these full circles like happen in places,” said Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear and founder of Off-White during a sit-down interview Thursday morning at the new NikeLab Chicago Re-Creation Center, at 673 North Michigan Avenue.
“We’re in Chicago, it’s usually not a place that has like — it’s known for its art and it’s known for its architecture and design history,” said Abloh. “I think in terms of contemporary art that emanates, me as a contemporary artist emanated around the world to sort of do certain things, it’s sort of a full circle to have them curate a show and recognize that work.”
It was a full-circle connection with Michigan Avenue, as well — this is where his dream to work in fashion began, when he and pal Kanye West visited the Vuitton store just a few blocks away.
“It was this street,” Abloh said.

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Episode 438 Scott Adams: Persuasion Scorecard For Politics so Far This Year. Who is Winning?

Topics: 

  • Debate and persuasion are NOT the same thing
    • You can win a debate WITHOUT changing anyone’s mind
  • Fact-checking complaints, show you are stuck in “debate mindset”
    • Facts, ethics, morality and persuasion effectiveness
  •  Persuasion Scorecard – Rating various political persuasion plays
  • Jussie Smollett helped convince a lot of people that fake news exists
  • “Rights” are an invention of government to grant or deny permissions
  • If President Trump promotes Gen IV nuclear power solutions, he wins
    • Gen IV is the only available, practical solution for climate change
  • The Left considers climate change their signature issue, and yet…
    • …they aren’t aware that Gen IV is a safe, existing solution
  • Gen IV is what we should be doing, even if climate change isn’t real
  • What if Dems use Executive Orders once they return to power?
    • The EOs they might declare, and what might happen

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Episode 372 Scott Adams: Quick Tutorial on Using Engineering to Take Politics Out of the Wall

Topics: 

  • Remove politics and immigration issues can be resolved
    • Whiteboard: Wall engineering
  • Time to turn it over to the engineers for what’s needed
    • Engineering priorities look at cost and effectiveness

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Golden Globes puts spotlight on winners, not politics, in night of surprises

After Time’s Up and #MeToo, and two years of award shows heavy on political messages, the Golden Globes veered toward more comfortable territory for Hollywood — namely, patting itself on the back, while relying on the winners’ passion, not the hosts, to carry a show that was alternately boring, shocking, sentimental and just plain silly.


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Kanye West Yeezy Shoe Sales Not Affected by Politics

Kanye West and his team are scoffing at claims his latest Yeezy shoe release didn’t sell out because of his politics … because sales were actually super strong.  West dropped his Yeezy Mauve 700 shoe Saturday, and the product didn’t sell out…

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Kanye West Vows To Step Back From Politics: ‘My Eyes Are Now Wide Open’

Kanye West has had enough of politics.


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Keira Knightley talks historic gender politics in ‘Colette’

Keira Knightley talks about her latest role as the ground-breaking French author Colette and how gender and sexual politics haven’t changed much in 100 years. Rough Cut – no reporter narration


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‘American Idol’ Finalist Jax: White House Gig is About Patriotism, Not Politics

Jax has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the White House on Independence Day, and nothing’s going to stop her … despite the inevitable backlash for hangin’ with Donald Trump. The Season 14 “American Idol” finalist tells TMZ she…

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Candice Bergen explains how politics played a part in reviving ‘Murphy Brown’

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Episode 65: Politics is an Insult Contest and Only One Player Knows the Rules

Topics:

  • Whiteboard discussion
  • Politics is an insult contest
  • Chris Rock did a version of this joke in 2008…
  • “I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”
  • Common Filter vs. Persuasion Filter
  • Flattery as a weapon
  • Prediction Meltdown
  • Bowling Contest vs. Insult Contest

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How to Determine If You Should Talk About Politics in Public

When candidate Trump first set about the job of redefining politics (and reality) back in 2015, people had lots of predictions about how things would turn out. One year isn’t long enough to know everything we need to know about his presidency, but it’s long enough to to check some of our predictions. As a public service, I put together a list of predictions that various people made about Trump that you can use to evaluate your own predictive powers. Count the number of items on the list that you once predicted would be true. I’ll tell you how to evaluate your score at the end.

Did you once believe…

Trump will never win the GOP nomination.

Trump will never win the presidency.

Stocks will drop if Trump is elected.

President Trump will deport ten million illegal immigrants.

Trump will be gone (impeached, jailed, or quit) by end of 2017.

Trump’s immigration ban on several Muslim countries will be found unconstitutional.

Trump colluded with Russia, and that’s a crime.

Trump obstructed justice (a crime) by firing Comey.

Trump’s skills as a “con man” might get him elected but it won’t transfer into doing the job of president.

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will cause huge problems.

Trump’s tweeting will cause huge problems.

GOP will never embrace Trump.

Trump will get nothing important done.

Trump will not work effectively with leaders of other countries.

GOP senators will vote against GOP priorities because of President Trump’s mean tweets.

Trump will not nominate qualified judges to the Supreme Court.

Trump is incompetent.

Presidential approval polls are a good predictor of how a president will perform.

The military won’t follow Trump’s orders.

GDP will never stay above 3%.

— end —

I didn’t get any of those predictions wrong. But if you got 15 or more wrong, you might want to consider never saying anything about politics out loud again for the rest of your life. Just a suggestion.

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Okay, okay. I know you are quibbling with a few items I included on the list. Maybe you think the bad news for Trump — such as the alleged Russia problems — will sink Trump eventually. We can revisit this list next year. But if you are wrong for three years straight — about almost everything Trump-related — please adjust your confidence in your predictive powers accordingly.

If you got 15 or more of those predictions wrong, please consider reading a copy of my book, Win Bigly, to learn how to use what I call the Persuasion Filter to predict better.

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Wyshynski Weekly Reader: Alex Ovechkin wades into politics

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“Art is above politics”: Noseda, the NSO’s new maestro

For Gianandrea Noseda, the new music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, “The language of the art,” makes it “easy to communicate with everybody.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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On ‘Gemini,’ Macklemore Chooses Personal Deliverance Over Politics

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After a career built on mainstream hits and being a voice for social justice, Macklemore says he had to prioritize his happiness again.

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Glamour and politics on the menu for 74th Venice Film Festival

The 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival is set for a star-studded run. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Guest DJ: The Politics And Passions Of Roger Waters

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The bassist, singer and songwriter behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic music goes deep into race, civil rights, prison reform, the troubled music industry and more.

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Chance The Rapper On Mixtapes, Politics And Priorities

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Hip-hop’s unsigned overachiever speaks with Stretch and Bobbito about SoundCloud, how parenting has changed his music and his million-dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools.

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Sheryl Crow’s latest song inspired by tweet, politics

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Dave Chappelle On Comedy And Politics In The Age Of President Trump

Dave Chappelle begins a month long residency at Radio City Music Hall in August.

Preparing for a month-long residency at Radio City Music Hall, Chappelle talks about growing up in D.C. and his decision to host the first SNL after the presidential election.

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Before Paris Attack, the Bataclan Had Long History in Music and Politics

The 150-year-old Bataclan was the scene of concerts by Piaf, Chevalier and generations of hip-hop and rock artists, but also of protests against some political events held there.
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Roger Waters Puts Politics Aside to Perform With U.S. Vets

Roger Waters explains how a cocktail party ended up with him befriending several U.S. veterans and coming to terms with the loss of his father in WWII.
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Obama Gives Kanye West Some Advice About Getting Into Politics

President Barack Obama gave Kanye West some advice about getting elected on Saturday. 

The rapper recently announced he was running for president in 2020. Obama, alluding to the inability of House Republicans to find a new speaker, suggested Kanye could be a candidate for that position instead.

“You may have heard that Kanye is thinking about running for Speaker of the House. It couldn’t get any stranger,” Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco. He dispensed some tips ”in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as Kanye calls it, ‘Peezy.'”

“Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?” Obama said. “That’s cray.”

“Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that’s what’s known as ‘off message’ in politics,” he continued.

Obama also suggested that West’s appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” might serve him well in politics.

“You got to deal with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show,” Obama said. 

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Trump Excels at Business, But He Has No Business in International Politics

Listening to Donald Trump’s egotistical take, you’d think his loud business personality translates perfectly into international politics. Mexico acting up? No matter; he’ll hop on the phone and curse Mexico out. China spiffing us in trade deals? Who cares! A solution is a phone call and an immature insult away. “Your country sucks, China!” Problem solved.

Except while that might work on TV, it would backfire in reality. As several commentators have already pointed out, Trump’s “refusal to act diplomatically [would be] catastrophic for the lead diplomat of the United States.” Diplomacy requires subtlety, tact and restraint — something everyone from Sun Tzu to Henry Kissinger agrees on. But screaming insults like a petulant toddler? That sort of behavior is best left on The Apprentice.

I’m not saying business experience has no place in politics. It obviously does. Outsiders bring valuable insights into the political process, and a more realistic representation of how business works — stressing restraint and negotiation over needless offense — translates extremely well into international diplomacy.

But Trump’s view of how his own bombastic business personality would play in the political realm is remarkably shortsighted. He speaks of countries as if they were individuals, and he acts like solutions to complex problems lie in three-word slogans. That pithy ideology might work for Trump’s personal life, but it would spell disaster if adopted by the president of the United States. In Trump’s worldview as presented thus far, one gets the impression that Israel-Palestine can be solved by a few stern phone calls and maybe a fancy steak dinner afterwards. If that fails, then bombs should do the trick. Yeah right.

Obviously, Trump’s oversimplification of international relations has appeal. Most people don’t have the background knowledge, the patience, or the time to truly consider the intricacies of, say, the development of ISIL. As Robert Greene writes in The 48 Laws of Power, short mantras have an intrinsic draw, a resonance that longer, more nuanced takes on things just don’t have. And that’s fine — for the average citizen. But the president of the United States, wielding a governmental branch clothed in immense executive power, should have a more thorough understanding of foreign policy.

He or she should understand that illegal immigration is not a problem the Mexican government alone can control, or that empirical evidence suggests undocumented immigrants actually commit less crime than native-born Americans. He or she should acknowledge that a disgusting phenomenon like ISIL has complex political, religious, and historical underpinnings that will not be, cannot be, dismantled by a few well-placed explosives — rhetorical or military. A responsible president should know that criticisms of China and Japan for manipulating currency should be restrained and qualified, to acknowledge (for example) Japan’s two decades of careful economic policy aimed at counteracting slumping fiscal performance. And so on.

Because in foreign policy, jabs aren’t taken lightly; and unlike in Trump’s business affairs, insulting a country ticks off a heck of a lot more people than the one person on the other side of the phone line.

Business isn’t simple; foreign policy isn’t either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.

As things stand now, the world is far too dangerous and complex a place for Donald Trump to be at its helm, his hand hovering over the nuclear button, ready to shout “you’re fired!” at anyone who ticks him off.

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Ivanka Trump Discusses Fashion and Business — But No Politics, Please

With an expanding signature collection of her own, an executive role at the Trump Organization and a father who’s poking the political hornet’s nest with his decidedly non-PC style, it’s safe to say Ivanka Trump has a lot going on.
Accustomed to operating in overdrive, the Wharton grad is now suiting up 3,500 Trump Hotel staffers in uniforms she designed. Trump handles design and the creative vision for the company’s nine existing properties and four yet-to-be-opened ones in Baku, Azerbaijan; Rio de Janeiro; Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. She also serves as executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization. With two young children and an equally ambitious husband in Jared Kushner, the self-described “American wife, mother and entrepreneur” may represent a different sort of bold-faced paradigm in the fashion business. While that alone is something of a feat, it is not a moniker the former model acknowledged in any way during an interview last week.
Speaking about her new uniform designs, Trump very much stayed on message. While she has cheered on her father Donald’s take-no-prisoners presidential bid to her nearly 1.7 million Twitter followers and 582,000 more on Instagram, she wasn’t about to engage on political matters. “I

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ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Will Feature Music, But Not Politics

Executive producers Bill Prady and Bob Kushell were joined by Kermit and Miss Piggy for a lively TCA panel Tuesday.
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Can “The Donald,” Trump Politics as Usual?

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The general public is disgusted with politicians and has been seeking an alternative to politics as usual, yet sadly, the only substitution available seems to be Donald Trump. I was discussing this with my friend Jim at our weekly lunch, where we always talk about life’s vagaries along with a large slice of politics for dessert.

Jim called Trump an uncontrollable, egotistical bigmouth, and suggested that Trump is succeeding due to the shortcomings of all the other candidates from both parties. I have paraphrased his rant by removing the obscenities, yet it still represents a bipartisan anger felt by many of us:

Trump understands how to communicate and despite being an ocean wide and an inch deep he continues to make an impact. Why? Our manufacturing is dying; our infrastructure is that of a Third World country, yet our republican politicians are focused on Planned Parenthood as a major issue while democrats assuage their base by fixating on climate change. Candidates from both parties are selling out their country – for the sole benefit of pandering to party extremists. They’re not looking at the big picture and certainly not living up to their obligation as elected officials and Americans.

Americans are an apathetic bunch and often protest against something by simply ignoring it. I am a Democrat, but I am also a fiscal conservative. As a journalist I frequently speak with people on the street about taxes and ask if they believe the government uses those dollars effectively and the answer is always a resounding “no!,” yet they – other than the tea party’s ineffective histrionics – do nothing about it.

Enter Donald Trump, which given the country’s apathy is all we deserve.

However, Trump’s interaction with the public is unlike any politician of late. When he meets people on the campaign trail they call him Donald and he interacts with them for sustained periods of time where he speaks at length rather than in sound bites. Trump is also remarkably accessible to the press. He has what my grandfather called “the common touch.” Despite being a wealthy patrician with a cigarette holder, FDR had it as well. So did JFK. This is gift that can’t be taught or learned and should not be taken lightly and is another reason Trump has garnered a surprising 25 percent of voter support. Trump may be a sideshow act, but our politicians (both sitting and running) are highly flawed as well, and there are lessons they can learn from him. Many of Trump’s biggest critics concede that he may perform well in Thursday’s debate.

Everyone has been waiting for Trump to disappear or flame out, but it hasn’t happened yet. However, he still hasn’t explained how he will bring back jobs from China or actually build a wall at our borders. Logical answers are not often important to some voters, so if support for Trump somehow continues and he chooses to run as a third party candidate, that could seriously bolster Hillary Clinton’s political future. Finally, I find it hard to believe Trump has any interest in helping anyone other than himself and once he’s fulfilled his current brand promotion, his foray into politics will be finished.

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Locker Room Frenzy Returns – Planet Fitness, Zoey Tur and the Politics of False Movement Messiahs

Once again the media has catapulted a new and clueless, recently transitioned celebrity into national attention, allowing her, in her profound ignorance of trans history, politics, law and medicine, to provide aid and comfort at a time when many lives are still at risk. Great progress on civil rights continues to be made, which is why we see yet another trans celebrity providing analysis, but why is someone’s inexperience and utter lack of credentials so blatantly ignored by those who give out these platforms? And why is Zoey Tur, recently known as “Chopper Bob,” so resistant to learning enough to get the facts straight?

This past Sunday a story broke from Michigan touching on the favorite target in the battle for trans rights — locker rooms and the associated bathrooms, washrooms, and changing areas. This is not new — there was a staged incursion into the women’s locker room in a sports club in Montgomery County, Maryland, by a right-wing zealot in a frumpy dress back in 2008 — nor is it unusual to be the flashpoint in all our civil rights battles. From the African-American experience to the Equal Rights Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act, then to gay and now trans rights, fear-mongering reaches a crescendo when semiprivate public accommodations are targeted to make a case against extending civil rights.

Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan, is a “Judgment Free Zone,” created not specifically for trans men and women but to foster an environment where everyone can feel comfortable. After all, many who attend gyms do so because they’re uncomfortable with their bodies and would rather not be subject to shaming while working out. Apparently most of the business’ members understand this, and act accordingly. One woman, however, Yvette Cormier, complained about a trans woman, Carlotta Sklodowska, and when asked to back away from her complaints because of the gym’s policies, persisted in making a fuss with the members and was finally asked to leave. Cormier’s membership was revoked because it was she who was exhibiting the behavior that was “inappropriate and disruptive” to members who had the right to expect a “non-intimidating and welcoming environment.”

Sklodowska apparently didn’t even use one of the “private lockable changing rooms,” so this wasn’t an issue of indecent exposure, the thought of which leaves conservatives quaking in fear. It was simply a cisgender woman being uncomfortable in the presence of a trans woman — as she said, “I was stunned and shocked. He looked like a man. He did not look like a woman.” No inappropriate behavior, action, or even words — she just didn’t like the way another woman looked.

Sklodowska could have been a lesbian, or even a masculine-appearing straight, cisgender woman. Cormier was simply uncomfortable with her appearance, and fundamentally, her existence, and demanded, in a disruptive manner, that her wishes be prioritized over the policy of the business. The Tea Party News Network, which generally loves its business people, was not happy with Planet Fitness’ policy.

What we have here is a trans woman, living full-time as a woman, apparently without affirming ID but accepted, nevertheless, by the management at the gym. Not an uncommon situation, and in my experience all trans women in similar situations have behaved impeccably, wherever they are on the transition spectrum. Trans women (and men) are encouraged to get their documents changed as soon as feasible, or carry a letter from a mental health profession, to prove who they are should a problem arise. When challenged, a trans person may be asked to vacate sex-segregated premises if they do not have adequate identification, which is as it should be. Few such incidents occur, and while the law varies among jurisdictions where it protects trans persons, it often requires trans persons to be “persistent and consistent” in their presentation. Gender identity laws are not supposed to be used by people out on a lark, or crossdressers and drag queens out on the town for a night of fun. Those situations should not be problematic, but the laws are clear.

Yet in this circumstance the situation spiraled out of control. It became about bathrooms, which were never an issue in this instance, and degenerated into the common “no one should be allowed into a locker room based on how they feel that day” meme. Maybe Cormier, in her ignorance about trans lives, was understandably uncomfortable. But she made no effort to alleviate that discomfort, instead choosing to be disruptive — again, this is behavior, not identity — going so far as to play the conservative victim by saying, “They’re [Planet Fitness] judging you for complaining about it.” And she certainly made no effort to show concern for the discomfort of the trans woman. It was the trans woman who was the victim in this threatening situation, as is the case when these confrontations arise (fortunately infrequently) elsewhere.

Nor was any effort at understanding made by the extremist state representative, Gary Glenn, who attacked Planet Fitness as being “anti-woman” and “anti-reality.” The Family Research Council weighed in about madness and insanity, even libeling the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy in the process.

This is all to be expected. For the extreme religious right, attacking trans women (note, never trans men) in semi-private facilities is a gimme, with a long history of success in the United States. Where this really went off the rails was when a former helicopter traffic pilot, now out trans reporter, decided to play doctor and movement leader. Less than a year after completing gender transition, Zoey Tur, the woman who stated during the tabloid frenzy about Bruce Jenner that estrogen can change sexual orientation and that women after genital reconstruction will “probably be going to transition to have sex with the opposite sex,” spoke with arrogance, ignorance and contempt for trans women in general. She said,

People have a right to be concerned and I believe there should be private areas. The person at the center of this controversy, the transgender person — and that’s really the problem, your definition of transgender — is a transvestite, a crossdresser, a male that has a sexual fetish dressing as a female.

She did her “research” — discovering that Sklodowska was into BDSM and, as a result, diagnosed her as a “transvestite,” a term rarely used even by anti-trans psychiatrists. She completely misspoke about Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which doesn’t cover sex discrimination in public accommodations and therefore doesn’t compel Planet Fitness to admit anyone. She smirked and rolled her eyes when discussing the potential criminal act that would occur if a crossdressed man — in this case, Sklodowska — snuck into the women’s locker room for voyeuristic purposes, even though there are no recorded instances of such behavior.

Tur is not a movement leader. She has never advocated for any legislation or demonstrated against any reactionary social or political behavior. She knows nothing of sexual biology or medicine. She’s not aware of how our civil rights laws are written, and most remarkably she shows no practical sense about how these laws could possibly be enforced. She privileges women whom she calls “transsexuals,” who’ve had genital surgery, over those who haven’t, and speaks as if genital anatomy is going to be checked by a gender police. Most strikingly, she is the latest trans celebrity who, by virtue of having recently undergone transition, believes that the experience makes her expert on all things trans.

She certainly can relate her experience of being trans and undergoing transition, just as anyone else can, and she may very well be qualified to be an expert on helicopter mechanics or the dynamics of chasing down OJ Simpson. Unfortunately, instead of sitting back, absorbing and learning about the community, she pontificates on issues of which she is ignorant, putting all trans women at risk. The sad part of this is, even after hours of speaking with accomplished trans activists, she seems not to care in the least. But even worse is that the media buys into the celebrity it has created, being oblivious to the way it empowers the ignorant, and furthers the spread of falsehoods and misunderstandings that threaten women who struggle just to get on with their lives every day.
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