Apparently we still haven’t reached Peak Stupid.
The head of Comic Relief has halted its use of celebrities for appeals described by an aid watchdog as “poverty tourism” that reinforce white saviour stereotypes.
The departure from having white celebrities front fundraising films from Africa for Sports Relief and Red Nose Day, follows another scathing attack on Comic Relief last week.
In a film for BBC’s Daily Politics, David Lammy MP hit out at the 30-year-old charity for portraying Africa as a continent of poverty-stricken victims and stereotypes who don’t speak for themselves. The organisations had “tattooed images of poverty in Africa” on to people’s minds, he said.
There has been extensive media coverage of Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who says she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Daniels’ new attorney, Michael Avenatti, has been a fixture on TV. Daniels herself is scheduled to be interviewed on 60 Minutes on March 25.
But another woman, former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, whose story has attracted significantly less attention, may end up being a bigger problem for Trump. (McDougal will appear on TV this Thursday on CNN with Anderson Cooper.)
Remember the Clinton scandals. They provoked no decisive legal thunderbolt but a series of agonizing, consequential defeats.
It’s happening again. As first an Apprentice contestant, then a porn star, and now a Playboy playmate sue Donald Trump, the lawsplainers are springing up. This is how Trump will go down. Was the payment to Stormy Daniels an illegal campaign contribution? Will Trump lie under oath in a civil deposition? Will the Apprentice litigation yield a smoking gun, proving once and for all that Trump committed sexual harassment or sexual assault?
It’s easy to be alarmed by what is going on in the White House this week. I think we can expect Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller imminently. He’s lined up celebrity lawyers from Fox News to run his PR campaign in that likely event to convince the die hard Trump voter that the investigation is all about an out of control Justice department conspiracy against him.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The evidence of wrongdoing by Trump and his campaign and business associates is mounting and staggering. There’s almost too much of it. That’s what makes it hard to take in. The Clinton scandals were annoying in comparison because there just wasn’t enough to work with. The media tended to recycle the same information with tiny tweaks. The Trump scandals, on the other hand, involve so much evidence of brazen illegality and unethical behavior that it seems almost unbelievable. It’s like accusing Anne Boleyn of sleeping with half the court and her own brother. How did she find the time? But in the case of the Trumps, the connections and arrangements and sheer amount of money involved is too hard to miss. I suspect that Mueller has enough rock solid evidence to put Trump behind bars for a very long time. I don’t know what protocol or investigative procedures are holding things up. Maybe the interview is the last step and Trump is determined to make himself look like some beleaguered victim before he goes to give his deposition.
But in any case, expect Trump to fire him shortly. He’ll have to gut the Justice Department to do it. And it’s not like History hasn’t shown us what happens next. If the Justice department that replaces it is loyal to Trump, he’ll have almost limitless power to punish and stop his adversaries from holding him accountable or preventing him from doing whatever he wants. That’s how the worst autocrats in history have accomplished their goals. They take over the reins of justice and just start disappearing people they don’t like. It can happen here.