A lot has happened since the first debate, like the second debate, which was hot and sticky. I felt like Pilot Ted Striker from Airplane! watching those two throw shade for ninety minutes. Here is a Q & A to follow the shenanigans that ensued over the weekend.
Is Hillary Clinton the Devil, for real?
- Gill Able
Dear Clark Gable,
The short answer is no. Is she an angel or a god? No. Is she a mortal human being who deserves understanding and compassion, absolutely. Of course, I could say that same for Donald, but it’s a little harder these days. See, it is my belief that Hillary has been a scapegoat in Congress for some years now, and vilified by the media because she is a strong woman in power, who knows how to play the game with the best of them. This very much exemplifies a massive threat to the patriarchy (as symbolized by Donald Trump and arguably, many others in government). She is persecuted over these emails when both George W. Bush and Mitt Romney both tampered with emails and servers and no one said a word. Hillary symbolizes a threat. Put this in perspective with the assumed idea of how Trump views and treats women, you can imagine why he might label her as such. Clinton is not without flaws. She is a politician and not always a clean one at that, which she has addressed. I can’t say she’s always honest, or fair, but she is capable and experienced. So she was called a Devil. She’s been fighting in a male-dominated field for over 30 years; I’m guessing she’s dealt with worse, you know, like "locker room" talk.
When a question is asked, Donald Trump is supposed to answer it, right?
- Amos Ledding
Dear Famous Amos,
Donald seems to have done very little to establish any sort of answer that could be deemed justifiable and informative. Rather, he derailed the topic to somehow point a finger at Hillary rather than educate the public on his policies or plans, which would be helpful to know since he has little to no experience as a public servant and was voted in as GOP nominee because of his good business. He wasn’t there to answer questions in a public forum. He was there to exploit Bill Clinton for his transgressions, embarrass and insult Hillary and try to redeem himself in the public eye, none of which he succeeded to do.
Can you clarify what “Locker Room” talk is? I’m not familiar.
- Anita Voise
Trump is using “Locker Room” talk as a means to make objectifying women commonplace, normal, and ultimately excusable, which is why you might not be familiar. The words that have been recorded from Trump’s mouth demonstrates the bigger issue of rape culture in our society and how fame and fortune can justify entitlement. It doesn’t, and it shouldn’t, and it never will. In a way, it has been enlightening and a gift that his mistakes are exploited because it has led the nation to crack the lens of the male gaze a bit and see the world from a much more diverse and, albeit, problematic prospective. Many pro athletes, celebrities, and congress people have denounced this “Locker Room” talk and said that it’s not the case. There’s a big part of me that doesn’t quite believe that, but I really want to. It is this part of the culture, when excused, that goes on to produce the frat boys of the world and the men who will defend their future rather than the people who will be eternally scarred by their misogynist, sexist, and abusive behavior. I do want to take a moment to praise Hillary for pointing out that Trump has not only targeted women in his hate speech, but also most minorities including Blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims. This man is not only a person, he is a symbol of white male privilege who is terrified of much needed change in the face of equality across the board and that reminder needs to be praised and kept alive.
What’s the deal with Ken Bone?
- Steph Curryus
Dear Tim Curry,
Ken Bone is America. He is the mint after eating garlic and onions. He is the joy of taking your bra off after an extra long day at work. He is relief after having to pee for hours. Ken Bone, an undecided voter, stood up to ask a question in the midst of the verbal warfare in a lush, red cardigan and documented the whole thing with a disposable camera. He’s so earnest, that’s all. He is the hope that is gluing us to this political debate. He is the child that steps between his arguing parents to present his macaroni artwork, making the world seem okay somehow, even if only for a moment. That's Ken Bone.