A lot of people have been discussing the hypocrisy of “liberals” (a term I love … it literally seems to apply to anyone that doesn’t conform to a right-wing conservative, no matter what their belief system) when it comes to designers refusing to dress Melania Trump.
Apparently, this hypocrisy comes from the fact that Christian bakers (for example) have refused service to people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and have been sued over the discrimination.
Firstly, let’s get into what discrimination actually means, just to clear that little fact away:
1.the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
“victims of racial discrimination”
Now, if we’re all adept at comprehension, we should notice some fundamental keywords in this definition: “different categories of people … [grounds] of race, age, or sex”.
When bakers and florists refuse a service to someone because of their sexual orientation, sexual preferences, or something similar, they are discriminating against a group of people. They are literally violating laws.
They own a shop. Their shop provides a service. Last time entire groups of people were refused service based on unfair discrimination the holocaust happened.
And no, I’m not being dramatic, because that’s how it started. It started with burning of books, with Jewish people only allowed to shop at Jewish stores, with “other” people not being allowed to shop in Jewish stores, with Jewish people not allowed in “other” people’s stores.
Hitler created the perfect “us vs them” mentality.
Secondly, Melania is not a group of people. She is one person.
The designers that are refusing to work with her aren’t working with her because she’s a woman; we know this, because these same designers happily dressed Michelle Obama.
The designers that are refusing to work with her aren’t working with her because of her skin colour; they’ve not had a problem dressing anyone with any kind of skin colour.
The designers that are refusing to work with her aren’t working with her because of her age; they dress people of all ages.
The designers that are refusing to work with her are doing so because her husband is a dangerous man.
If you don’t believe that, you’re in serious denial.
He is creating the same “us vs them” mentality.
He is taking away rights of women.
He is taking away rights of the LGBTIQA+ community.
He is taking away rights of people of colour.
He is racist.
He is sexist.
He is okay with war-crimes.
He is okay with sexually assaulting women and has admitted to doing so.
He is facing court charges of rape. One of those cases, brought forward by a girl that was thirteen during the time the alleged rape occurred, was only dropped because of the abuse and death threats Jane Doe received as a result. She literally dropped the charges because people were threatening to kill her.
He is okay with mocking disabled people.
That’s why they are refusing to dress her. It’s about taking a stand: it’s about trying to make it clear that Donald Trump should never have been elected president. It’s about making sure that huge groups of people aren’t discriminated against.
These designers are doing what they can. They are speaking out, in a world where the President-elect seems to think he’s less of a president and more of a dictator.
And if Melania stands by a man like that, who says and does these things, that means she’s okay with it. We shouldn’t slut-shame her, but we also shouldn’t ignore the reality: she knows who she’s in bed with (metaphorically, I mean, although literally, too, I guess) and she’s okay with that.
So the next time you want to compare the designers refusing to work with Melania Trump to bakers and florists … fucking don’t. Sit down and shut the fuck up. Learn the word discrimination. Learn its synonyms. Watch a YouTube video about discrimination. Because, please people, I’m never going to run out of fucking facts to write about if you lack a basic understanding of words.
Because, for fuck’s sake, you couldn’t miss the point more if you tried any harder.
Originally published on The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise.
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