3 political predictions for 2017
FOH, 2016. We don't know if 2017 is going to be any better (honestly, probably not), but here are a few things we think we can spot in our crystal ball if we squint at it sideways.
NO ONE PERFORMS AT THE INAUGURATION ON JANUARY 20TH
By now, we've all heard about who won't be playing at the inauguration, from elder statesmen like Elton John on down. And the Trump spin machine is in full effect, essentially going, "Nyah nyah, we didn't want ur cooties anyway."
No, really. Because that's what mature adults who are also heads of state (and their chosen representatives) do.
Sadly, the rumors that Democrats are planning an A-list concert to rival the ceremony that's filled with Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, John Legend and others aren't true.
It's small comfort to know that Charlie Brooker, brilliant creator of Black Mirror, put this in his 2016 Wipe.
BREXIT MIGHT SUCK, BUT IT'S GONNA INSPIRE SOME GREAT ART
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when things are politically at their bleakest, artists around the world step up. Here's Cassetteboy with more.
The sharpest political commentary is drawn out in times of crisis, and its intersection with pop culture is critical to keeping our activist fires smoldering.
PEOTUS TRUMP IS ACTUALLY SIDELOADING HIMSELF INTO KARDASHIAN TERRITORY
Trump meeting with Yeezy was reportedly about "multicultural issues," but we all know the truth: Ol' Fanta Face just wanted some Twitter tips and tricks for maximizing his brand even further than he already has. Pioneering surreality TV doesn't happen by itself, you know.
Because that's the thing. If we had a career politician taking office in a couple of weeks instead of a reality TV star, we'd be having a much different conversation right now. Sure, President Obama had some interactions with American and international celebrities while in office. That's to be expected; after all, celebrities are constituents, too.
But there was a clear line drawn, and we weren't left feeling like Obama just wanted some quick and dirty SEO tips for his business empire or $$$$ salon recommendations for his wife and daughter. With our ex-reality TV PEOTUS, not so much.
We're talking about a man who can't be bothered to make time for intelligence briefings, but can find all the time in the world for Kanye, waging tweet warfare, and landing the US in hot foreign policy waters before he's even inaugurated.
We'd be laughing uncomfortably right now if we didn't have to, you know, live it for the next four years.
It's on all of us to do what we can when we can to bring about positive change, obv. Laugh, grit your teeth, march.