“Not my President” is a popular hashtag going around today, and thousands carried a similar message during a march in Washington, D.C. to protest the new President over the weekend.
But are only Republicans to blame for the meteoric rise and election a ‘vulgar’ president? There’s more blame to go around, says one internet performer and poet who goes by the handle j.ournal.
In a video posted last week, the poet says there is “one thing” that has bothered him throughout the entire campaign: “It’s this claim that morals suddenly matter again.”
The poet then recites a quick run-down of instances in pop culture in which vulgarity was a tool used for success.
“Donald Trump is so immoral and crude,” he says. “You know who else is crude? Noted Trump hated Chelsea Handler, who’s made a career out of raunchiness.
— j.ournal (@journalpoems) January 18, 2017
Next, the poet mentions “pop queen and goddess of everything cool: Beyonce,” alluding to suggestive lyrics in many of her top hits.
He then draws a connection between the prominence of vulgarity in society to the reason why Trump was elected.
“In 2016, Americans spent $100 million to see a movie called “Sausage Party” and $36 million to see one called “Dirty Grandpa” and saw no connections when a dirty grandpa kept winning elections,” he said.
The poet added: “And I could also mention that 50 million people subscribed to a YouTube channel to watch someone swear, play video games and make jokes about genitals. Does that sound familiar? Like what Trump would call “locker room talk”?
Popular HBO hit series such as “Sex and the City” and “Game of Thrones” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” were not spared, either.
“Every must-see show on HBO must indulge in sex or violence, or better yet, both,” the poet said. “And every skit on “Saturday Night Live” sounds exactly like every obscene leaked Trump conversation. Perpetually scraping the bottom of the barrel for cheap laughs.”
The poet goes on to suggest that “morality is relative,” given the fact that “today, the average teenager thinks that not recycling is more immoral than pornography.”
Morality “only matters one every four years, and it only applies to the presidential candidate of the political party that you oppose,” he said.
“Because, let me guess: we should hold the president to a higher standard than ourselves and our beloved pop culture idols and fetishes.”
The poet then offers a valuable piece of wisdom to his viewers.
“But, the thing is, presidential candidates come from the same vulgar, sexist, violence, sex-obsessed locker room society that we’ve curated,” he said. “So, why would it be so surprising and shocking when the cream of this crop rises to the top – but is corrupt?”
The majority of Americans may not have cast a ballot for Trump, but they indirectly contributed to his ascension to the White House, the poet alleges.
“There is no room to mourn when your high horse is a unicorn,” he said, using hashtag #ExactlyMyPresident.
He went on:
Chelsea Handler is only one body in the obscene ecosystem of comedic entertainment. I’ve attended comedy clubs several times to see comedians that I thought might be able to keep things decent, but ended up walking out every time. 99% of comedians resort to all things foul, knowing that appealing to the lowest common denominator in humans is the easiest way to get cheap laughs, or at least groans. Those with enormous amounts of talent like Flight of the Conchords or the Sklar Brothers still capitulate even though they don’t need to.
The Broadway show “Book of Mormon”, a huge hit, having grossed somewhere around half a billion dollars is a parody (a “vilification” as Meryl Streep would say) of religion and people who actually try to do good and make the world a better place. As is the new norm, religion is treated as a joke, while depravity and idols are worshipped. Good is evil and evil is good.
Bill Clinton was every bit as morally bankrupt as Donald Trump (while in office by the way), but not a peep was made about him by the same people that assail Trump – because it didn’t fit their political agenda. That’s the very definition of moral relativism.
As of Monday, the video garnered more than 6 million views on Facebook.