It’s so much easier to be mad at Kendall Jenner than Donald Trump

Being angry at Donald Trump is like being mad at a tornado.

It’s an indestructible force, unleashing mayhem on whatever sits in its path. Any territory it passes through is left in significantly worse condition than when it first got there.

But there’s nothing you can do anymore to stop it. It’s too powerful.

Coincidentally, tornadoes are ravaging the Southeast as we speak. I blame Trump.

But my point isn’t that we shouldn’t react to Trump anymore, but rather, it’s just frustrating how powerless we are against his wrath.

As much as we harness all our hatred towards him, as much as our friends all join together to mock him, and as disastrously low his approval ratings sink, he is still president. It’s maddening.

So it’s a lot easier to conserve at least a portion of your hatred towards a much easier target – like, for instance, Kendall Jenner!

For the most part, Kendall Jenner has been the least antagonized among the Kardashian clan. She doesn’t really do much to garner attention, but just by virtue of her familial ties, she began her public life in an uphill battle to earn approval. And if you’re a Kardashian or a Jenner, it’s one strike and you’re out.

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Well, Kendall didn’t even strike out. She got walloped in the head by a 99-mile-per-hour fastball.

As many of you heard, the Internet was livid yesterday over a new Pepsi ad starring Jenner that exploited public protesting to advertise its product.

It’s nothing new for companies to capitalize on social issues for their own personal gain. But this one clearly struck a chord with the general public, especially in light of today’s divisive politic atmosphere and racial tension.

Protests have become ubiquitous since Donald Trump took office. They’re so commonplace that when we hear about a new one, it kind of goes in one ear and out the other.

But we forget that before Trump, protests stemmed out of desperation from those who found no other ways to have their voices heard, from the disenfranchised to the discriminated.

These public displays were much more consequential, and significantly more violent. People have died in protests. They’ve been beaten. They’ve been arrested.

It feels like a long time ago, but places like Baltimore and Ferguson are still emotionally scarred from the conflicts that took place in their cities between civilians and police, particularly young black Americans who feel like they’ve never been given a fair chance in life.

So for Pepsi to trivialize the issue by suggesting that all can be solved with a sugary carbonated beverage was bound to piss a lot of people off.

And of course, Kendall Jenner, who probably signed a million-dollar contract to be in the commercial before she even knew what it involved, somehow got caught up in the mess.

As always, when something controversial happens, the Internet responds tremendously. This was no exception.

And on Wednesday, their voices were heard. Pepsi has pulled the commercial, explaining that they failed in their goal of “trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding.”

So, we successful protested the protest commercial.

Yay?

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When people get mad about the protests … protest harder.

For decades to come, the prevailing image of Donald Trump’s first week in office will be defined by the thousands of people who came together throughout the country to voice their opposition.

The protesters.

Indeed, his inaugural weekend was deeply overshadowed by the Women’s March, mobilized by social media, which brought millions of people to the streets to advocate for various causes. These demonstrations occurred not only in all 50 states, but in all seven continents. It was a miraculous show of solidarity by people of extremely divergent ethnicities, cultures and religious ideologies.

It was an impactful display of humanity and compassion during a time of worldwide uncertainty. A display that empowered the disenfranchised and showed our nation’s most vulnerable people that they are not alone.

And while these imposing visuals, omnipresent across news stations and computer screens, are giving the indication that they represent the clear majority of Americans, it’s important to keep in mind how many people are not protesting.

Remember that 63 million people voted for Trump. And given that, for the most part, Trump’s executive orders have aligned with his campaign promises (as polarizing as they were), they probably are not too disappointed.

So while the political left has decried Trump’s nascent presidency as tyrannical and inhumane, the right have been voicing their approval of Trump’s stance on national security while taking aim at a new target: the protesters.

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Those very same people who have been beacons of hope to one half of the population have been castigated by the other half.

You’ve all seen it. It’s unavoidable.

They’re being called crybabies. Vagrants. ‘Libtards.’ Whatever that last one means.

But you know they’re so mad? Why the protestors are getting under their skin?

Because it’s working. They see the goodwill and the kinship and the amazing sense of unanimity, and they’re pissed off that such a successful demonstration is happening for reasons they disapprove of.

To protest is to evoke your fundamental and Constitutional rights as an American citizen. In cities far and wide throughout the U.S., there have been powerful displays of unity on extravagant scales. For many generations of people, demonstrations of this size are a brand-new sight.

Today’s youth are used to seeing advocacy on social media and nothing more. But to see people mobilize on the streets – and peacefully, with very few instances of violence – hearkens back our country’s most recent successful movements, for civil rights and for feminism.

It’s democracy in action.

And right now, people sure are galvanized.

The effectiveness of protests are certainly up for debate. But there’s also some things that can’t be denied. Courage is contagious. Seeing others on the street standing up for their beliefs will motivate others to do the same, even if they’ve never done it before.

The visuals of protestors standing together in solidarity will resonate across the world, and tell foreign citizens that not everybody supports this president and his xenophobic agenda.

It’s essential for officials of other countries, who have been insulted by this administration and are currently planning their next moves, to see that not all Americans agree with Trump’s actions.

The mass advocacy emboldens politicians and judges. It warms the hearts of the most vulnerable and defenseless people in our society.

Critics could groan. They could complain and ridicule. But they can’t stop the fire that has been lit for millions of people. It’s something they can’t take away, no matter how hard they try.

Alone, we are voiceless.

But together, we are deafening.

To protest or not to protest?

Well, we made it one full day with Donald Trump as the president elect.

One step at a time.

It was not, however, a peaceful one.

The day was marked by protests in major cities throughout the country, from Oakland to Chicago to Dallas to outside the Trump Tower in New York City, where Donald Trump lives.

It shouldn’t be an unexpected occurrence in the immediate aftermath of the election of one of the most divisive candidates in modern political history, if not ever. When you stoke hatred for a year and a half, it’s going to have its consequences.

And naturally, like all things in this world, people had varying opinions on the protests. Those on the left approved of the peaceful resistance and encouraged the protesters to march on, while those on the right decried them as whiny savages.

As you can see, it will take a little more than a day for our country to unite.

And probably longer until we are “great again.”

 

I will always support people’s rights to assemble. It’s a Constitutional right as equally foundational to Americans as our right to vote.

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When I was in high school, a hazing incident involving sexual assault by members of one of our athletic teams actually prompted the Westboro Baptist Church to protest on our school grounds. They’re the most despicable organization this country has to offer, and yet, they had the right to be there to push their agenda. Thankfully, they were met by a significantly larger crowd of counter-protesters and the ordeal went peacefully.

Those who say protests accomplish nothing forget how our country came into existence. Or haven’t brushed up on their recent history in countries like Egypt or Tunisia.

But anyway, we also have to look at these protests in a pragmatic sense. The fundamental question we must first answer is: what exactly are people protesting? And the answer is an election result that was decided democratically.

Putting it in that perspective, the whole thing seems kind of illogical.

Secondly, Donald Trump hasn’t done anything yet as president. I understand that people want to protest the ideologies that he has stood for in the past 18 months, but he still has yet to have the opportunity as president do a single thing that could earn our disapproval.

Yet at the same time, I wrestle with another question. If you’re unhappy with something that’s happening in our country, then what can you productively do to make things better?

That has sort of been a rallying cry among the anti-Trump crowd over the last 36 hours. How can we rise up to make sure this country does not go backwards?

And that’s a difficult thing to answer. Is it donating money to a cause that will do the work for you? Is it volunteering?

Or is it protesting and having your voice heard?

Is that what you should do when something so profound happens that it completely undermines all of your beliefs and principles? When do you hit the point when you can no longer stay silent?

I still stand by my original belief that Trump, however loathsome you may find him, deserves our open minds. But remain as vigilant as ever.

I won’t join any protests right now, but if he actually follows through with some of the poisonous and prejudiced ideas he hinted at on the campaign trail, then next time, I might be outside Trump Tower right there with them.

Let’s see what Day 2 will bring.