Have the Recent US Election and President Trump Inauguration Ruined Your Social Media Life Too?

Posted January 26, 2017 by Mrs Giggles in Rants & Thoughts / 12 Comments

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And shut up too, hipsters!
And shut up too, hipsters!

It has mine. You see, I had a nice little list of fun people all lined up on my Twitter feed prior to the US election thing, and then, over the next few months, I found myself reading nothing but accusations of racism, white supremacy, Nazism, transphobia, misogyny, rape, child porn, Pizzagate, Pepegate, Pussysnatchgate, etc to the point that I’ve had enough altogether. Oh, and media from each side accusing the other of being fake news, liberals berating everything else for putting Trump’s rump on the throne, Barron Trump is apparently going to be a serial killer soon, and most of Hollywood come out to tell everyone else that they too are like everyone else, and Madonna and Ashley Judd are going to usher in a new millennium of love and peace, if only those hateful white men aren’t holding their heads down and oppressing even them. Oh, and Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter – I don’t know what matters anymore, to be honest.

I hoped that after the inauguration, people would calm down. No, it’s still the same thing. With Trump in power, America is now a tyranny. If you listen to them, Trump will line up all non-white non-straight people in the lawn of the White House and has a tank run over these people. White males will start raping all women on the street, pulling off hijabs of piteously weeping Muslim women as these white male scums kick those women’s innocent trans babies to death. Democracy will be overruled because President Trump somehow cheated his way to Presidency, and by 2018, America will be a nation comprising only of white straight men, as everyone else would have been sent to concentration camps, shot down by Barron from the top of a clock tower, forcibly pressed into Trump Tower’s harem wing, or walled away in Mexico.

The previous paragraph would seem like nonsense that even the most extreme far-right or far-left side would recognize as hyperbole, but trust me, that’s the thing I see being Tweeted with utter seriousness every day, so much so that I begin to un-follow the people on my Facebook and Twitter friends list, one by one, until I have probably only three people left on the list.

Now, I am living in a country where the government is very obviously corrupt. I live in a country where racism is legitimized, to the point that you can only get government handouts, contracts, etc is if you are of the right skin color or you pay a hefty amount of under table money. I live in a country where Islam is the dominant religion, and trust me when I say that the happy Islam espoused by Americans, where everyone is fair and given equal treatment, is nothing like Islam interpreted by actual religious fundamentalists. Malaysia is still considered somewhat a moderate Muslim country, but the states run by the more fundamentalist Islamic leaders have already implemented segregation by sexes in public venues, public transport, and more. Anything considered un-Islamic is banned or subjugated heavily, to the point that the government skirts very closely to denying people of other races and religions their fundamental rights. And no, trans people are not allowed to change their sex on their documents, even after surgery, and the Muslim religious authorities will persecute them if they come out to the public. What is worrying is that, right now, they are pushing for even greater shariah law in the country – right down to stoning women and cutting off hands – and the central government, besieged by plummeting public support, allies with these fundamentalists to bolster its own power.

So, when I see Americans screaming that America is never great, or is no longer great, because white people will kill everyone else with Trump’s approval, I can only roll up my eyes. These people have clearly never lived in a situation where their rights are actually in danger of being taken away from them. I mean, I would hesitate to call Malaysia terrible myself, because when compared to some other countries, it’s still better. But there are very few countries in the world that let members of the minority and LGBT+ people enjoy as much freedom as they currently do in America. So for them to start acting like that, and breaking windows, burning cars, and generally acting like violent spoiled children – oh spare me the tears and temper tantrum. Get angry, yes, but spare me the hyperbole. Have these Americans so little faith in their country that they think Trump can easily turn the country overnight into his personal Auschwitz paradise? Is the US constitution so easily broken? I hope not, because if the answers to these questions are yes, then the rest of the world are totally screwed.

So yes, criticize Trump, loathe him, hate him. But surely, there’s a way to do this without acting like loons that fling hyperbole rarely backed by evidence? And it’s not just Americans. Everyone in the world just keeps parroting the same boring hyperbole. “I’m so scared for the Muslims in the US now that Trump is in charge!” they would go, and well, here’s my eye roll to such insincere, irrational virtue signalling. The whole thing is dreary and tedious, and worst, it seeps into outlets that have nothing to do with politics, so there is hardly any escape from it.

At any rate, my social media life these days are mostly on YouTube and Pinterest, because I can’t take much of Twitter and Facebook anymore. Anyone else have the same problem?

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12 responses to “Have the Recent US Election and President Trump Inauguration Ruined Your Social Media Life Too?

  1. Qwerty

    My mother’s family had to leave Iran in ’79, when shit really started to hit the fan, so yeah, hearing the american left unironically sing the praises of sharia is pretty fucking annoying. Also, it’s like they completely forgot to pay any attention to the bombings Obama carried on in the Middle East up until last week.

    But besides that, this election has been a blast for me: for the last year and a half, I’ve had more fun following the US politics than I did watching their television. So, I don’t know, I guess all in all it’s been worth the hassle.

  2. This recent election sure beat the Gore/Bush one a few decades ago. I mean, who could match the fact that one of the candidates spent the bulk of her campaigning waging war on an Internet meme frog, with the best punchline being that the other one actually wins LOL. Watching The Young Turks go from ridiculously smug to bitter within the space of a few hours was hilarious.

  3. amousie

    Isn’t the show grand? We get to see the hypocrisy of both sides. And if you were listening closely, you got to hear how each side repeats endlessly what is feed to them on corporate media without question as long as it conforms to their personal worldview. I shouldn’t have been so surprised but I listened a group of retired public defenders (in person) give me verbatim what was being said on CNN. Ask a question, point out a logic flaw and watch the conversation be shut down. Although politely since we were in public.

    It will only get worse. Or perhaps the show will only get bigger and better. If you’re in the US, look at the coverage of Russiaphobia instead of the content of executive orders signed or what just got passed in Congress about the value of land in the national park system or like you said the bombings done during the last days of the Obama administration.

    The thing we should all be scared off is that the “credentialed” class appears to be along for the ride, participating fully in the show. Some even true believers. That rarely bodes well for the rest of us. Especially if they stop believing that they are in a show.

  4. amousie

    And here’s the song that goes along with my current thoughts and what you’ve said


    Nice of Pink Floyd to have it ready just for such an occasion. And I’m applying it to both sides. Or we could go all pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, only look at the show.

    So ya
    Thought ya
    Might like to
    Go to the show.

    To feel that warm thrill of confusion,
    That space cadet glow.
    I’ve got some bad news for you sunshine,
    Pink isn’t well, he stayed back at the hotel
    And they sent us along as a surrogate band
    We’re gonna find out where you fans* really stand.

    Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
    Get them up against the wall!
    There’s one in the spotlight, he don’t look right to me,
    Get him up against the wall!
    That one looks Jewish!
    And that one’s a coon!
    Who let all of this riff-raff into the room?
    There’s one smoking a joint,
    And another with spots!
    If I had my way,
    I’d have all of you shot!

  5. Let’s add Shia Labeouf getting arrested to the latest LOL. That guy is always strung out of his mind anyway!

    I still can’t get over how bad Madonna was at delivering speeches, and how deranged Ashley Judd came off during her speech. Was the latter always this cult leader-ish?

  6. amousie – the corporate media is a big problem. Fox News has always been Fox News, but economic necessity and the fact that partisan, sensationalist news get shared and clicked/watch on more means that more and more formerly respectable media outlets are jumping into the bandwagon. This creates a vicious cycle in which people want sensationalism, get it, want more, get more, want more… and because of the reputation of CNN, BBC, Times, etc as “respectable”, many casual viewers unwittingly get fed the sensationalism drug. Soon, they too end up craving more.

  7. Qwerty

    “I mean, who could match the fact that one of the candidates spent the bulk of her campaigning waging war on an Internet meme frog, with the best punchline being that the other one actually wins LOL.”

    This is one of the best ways I’ve seen that concept put in word: http://i.imgur.com/PqYk0aX.jpg

    It’s just so absurd to think that she actually managed to lose! With every major news organization gloating that she’d win in a landslide and bury the republican party forever, she still somehow managed to lose a race that was impossible to lose!

    “Watching The Young Turks go from ridiculously smug to bitter within the space of a few hours was hilarious.”

    It really was. The constant fighting and whining may be tiresome and I don’t think I’ll manage to survive another 4 years of it, but at least I’ll go down remembering wonderful moments like that.

  8. LOL at the image link. Hillary was a terrible candidate choice anyway. She had baggage like the Clinton Foundation that painted her as shady, she couldn’t connect to people the way her husband, Obama, or Sanders could, and her biggest mistake was probably to get into an insult brawl with Trump. It’s beneath her and put her at his level, which was a fatal error because he was far more charismatic than she. They should have pitted Sanders against Trump, IMO.

  9. amousie

    Hey, Mrs. Giggles,

    A blog I follow just created this post out of a comment. I found it scary, thought provoking, well written. It’s worth the time. (PS. yes, it’s from one of the fake news sites that the Washington Post listed. I personally think it’s one of the best equal opportunity polictical sites out there. Plus they have international coverage. e.g., What they did on Greece in real time was outstanding.)


    What’s funny about corporate media is how easily we forget the rah rah and false news given to us during the lead up to the Iraq war. Judith Miller and the NY Times anyone? How about sitting on the torture reports for 18 months and waiting until after the election of Bush the second time?

    Mrs. G., they would rather lose with Clinton than win with Sanders. That’s the entire point of the Deomcratic vision.

    Anyway, thanks for the article and the posting board.

  10. jess

    Have to disagree–friend of mine is worrying about health care as he’s on Medicaid, another is disappointed about jobs, there has been an effect outside of Tumblr. The disappointing part is looking back and realizing how little Obama did that lasted or worked that well (the friend has to live in one very specific part of his state to receive aid, and he kept being cut off from his plan despite Obamacare, the wars never ended, etc.) That and it’s silly to worry about Muslims in the US as there aren’t enough of them to put in sharia law even if they all wanted to. I’m more worried about Christians and fetus burial, etc.

    Also, CNN is just as stupid as Fox, just less obviously right-wing!

  11. Infogenium

    And all that…Brilliant summation. I have become obsessed with the whole argy bargy and I live in Australia – where we used to mock our bland politicians but no more! keep on the white rice I say.

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