This week I watched S24E03, Beauty Is a Trademark, of America’s Next Top Model, and again this week (they took a break during episode 2, at least) the producers of ANTM felt it necessary to provide a platform of vulgarity and hate directed at the President of the United States, framed as some sort of empowering young women to … I’m not sure what.
It was the ANTM famous makeovers episode — there’s one every season — where Tyra Banks has chosen a signature “look” (just a new hairstyle) that she believes best suits each contestant (“edgy”, punk, androgynous, long hair, short hair, etc.). There’s inevitably tears or tantrums, occasionally a girl will outright refuse the makeover, and I think possibly on one season a contestant may have actually chosen to leave the competition over an ultimatum to get her hair changed or leave.
This season, whether Tyra truly felt that 20-year-old Liberty Netuschil of Lava Hot Spring, Idaho, was best suited to red hair — “You voted red, so you’re going red,” Tyra tells her — or it was simply an opportunity to set-up for another attack on the American President, I’m not sure: I suspect both or, at least, that the opportunity to attack Trump was seen as an added bonus. Indeed the red hair color chosen for Ms Netuschil most assuredly worked for her and, along with her natural beauty, personality and modelling talent, she won the challenge this week in a photo-shoot to show off their new looks.
Earlier this month I wrote about how in episode 1, The Boss Is Back, the producers (Tyra Banks is executive producer, host, head judge, and creator of the show) felt it appropriate and/or necessary to play a single contestant, Liberty Netuschil — a self-proclaimed Trump supporter — against, seemingly, everyone else: With subtle and not so subtle techniques used to create an ominous and “low” tone, atmosphere and emotion when Liberty said that she supports Donald Trump, juxtaposed with a more “upbeat” or “hopeful” tone, atmosphere and emotion when they gave a platform to “Chrissy,” from Atlanta, to effectively respond to Ms Netuschil — although no response was necessary (unless you have virtue signalling to do or a
political statement to make) — by calling President Trump a “racist” and Ms Netuschil and her parents “racists” also for voting for President Trump (as millions of other Americans did).
Donald Trump, he’s a fucking asshole. I’m an activist and I’m bi-racial. I face adversity, and so I’m really passionate about a lot of issues in this world. If you’re voting for him you’re either misinformed or your just ignorant. — @kylasorad
When you watch the video (above) and listen to Vancouver, Washington’s 20-year-old Kyla Coleman what do you hear? What do you see? What message do you take away? What impression do you get of Ms Coleman as she declares, “Donald Trump, he’s a fucking asshole” and goes on — oblivious to the real world outside of the echo chamber she lives in and the “woke” progressives she no doubt surrounds herself with — to proclaim that “I’m an activist” (as if that really means anything) and, like in episode 1, is quick to play the identity politics card of “I’m bi-racial” (again completely meaningless other than helping her find a place in the pecking order of the totem pole of victimhood — and note there’s only one part of the bi-racial that she latches onto, and it isn’t the Caucasian part). With protest images displaying, including @kylasorad holding up a “Don’t Shoot” sign (full of herself as she no doubt thinks she’s “making a difference”) she tells us, “I face adversity” (not too much, I’d say, as you are one of the richest people on the planet, you live in the most free country and society that has ever existed, and you’re a contestant on ANTM), and a further proclamation that she’s “very passionate about a lot of issues in this world.”
She sums up by insulting the circa 63,000,000 Americans who voted for President Trump (and the millions more who didn’t vote but do support him and his policies) by blurting out, “if you’re voting for (Donald Trump) you’re either misinformed or your just ignorant.”
As a quick aside, let’s take a look at how informed (or ignorant) some of Ms Coleman’s fellow woke comrades are:
Of course Ms Coleman — like any other 20-year-old who thinks they are so informed, so experienced, so important, and know so much better — is entitled to her opinion, and I’m not going to get further into dissecting and analyzing it. As the saying goes, I’ll just let it hang there like the bad fart smell that it is.
My issue here is with Ms Tyra Banks who is, after all, very much of what she claims and is purported to be: Tyra is a very successful model (probably the most successful and famous model in history), she is a very successful business woman, she is very intelligent, she does have an excellent and broad skill base to draw on and has done so repeatedly and successfully to, in fact, make her a “boss” (as the young girls now like to say) and be the “empowered” and successful woman that she mentors, challenges and inspires young girls to be. So, quite frankly, it is beneath Ms Banks to permit one of her greatest achievements, America’s Next Top Model, to be used as a platform for vulgarity and hatred directed at anyone, and particularly at the President of the United States of America. The only country on the planet, and in the history of the planet and humankind, where someone like Ms Banks could become what she is today. It wouldn’t have happened in Canada or Australia. It most certainly wouldn’t have happened in Nigeria or South Africa, if Ms Banks even lived to her current age in either of those God-forsaken countries. Yep, those words in that context should trigger a few progressives into a fit. And I’ll fully admit that Ms Banks is a rarity even within the United States, but she made it in a big way and owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to America. She may, or may not (perhaps she is a Trump supporter herself but is just using the anti-Trump dynamic to boost ratings among a particular demographic) have political differences with the current president who was duly elected by the American people (Wah! Wah! Wah! .. he didn’t win the “popular vote”), however there is no political difference or reason, period, that makes it acceptable for Ms Banks to permit ANTM to be used as a platform for language that, in any other circumstance and against any other person (Obama, Clinton), would rightly be seen as offensive, disrespectful and hateful. And it’s equally as wrong when it is directed at President Trump.
It’s been an interesting bit of research to watch these first three episodes of ANTM, and an astute observer would note that the most secure, the most stable, the most empowered, the most sure of herself, the most confident, the most poised girl of the lot this season is Trump supporter Liberty Netuschil.
I asked you before what you thought about what Ms Coleman said, and what you think about her: Do you see an outspoken empowered young woman who is “standing up” for what she believes in? Or do you see what I see? That is, a bratty young lady with an entitlement complex who has been raised in a progressive liberal echo chamber (not surprising in the public school systems these days) resulting in her having a distorted perception of herself as superior; and a distorted perception of her community, her country, and the world that she lives in. I’d say she has a distorted perception of pretty much everything, as I listen to her speak, and she is someone who has a lot of growing up to do and some significant realizations to come to — and she will come to them, the hard way (like most people) — about the real world, the real nature of people and societies, politics, her life and herself.
It’s been an interesting bit of research to watch these first three episodes of ANTM, and an astute observer would note that the most secure, the most stable, the most empowered, the most sure of herself, the most confident, the most poised girl of the lot this season is Trump supporter Liberty Netuschil (@LibNetuschil). Her parents have raised her well, and she is undoubtedly (the evidence is right there for all to see) the only girl on the show, so far at least, that truly thinks for herself and, importantly, has the well established base of self confidence (she’s not just acting it like most of the girls) to — in the face of overwhelming peer pressure to the contrary — declare herself a Trump supporter and stick to it. Like Trump himself, Ms Netuschil doesn’t crumble under pressure.
Modelling mentor and show judge Law Roach (@luxurylaw) asked Liberty if her makeover, which would “help take (her) from Idaho to L.A.,” would “help (her) be a Democrat?” So it isn’t just “peer” pressure, but a mentor and judge (who will help decide Liberty’s fate in the competition) who is making clear to a contestant, in no uncertain terms, that he’d think better of her if she changed her political opinions (or at least lied and joined the chorus of Trump-haters). Yes, one can view Mr. Roach’s comment as one made in jest, which I tend to do, but with the power dynamic, among other factors, I’m not so sure that even confident and self-assured Liberty didn’t take from the comment that she’d be wise to become one with the
Borg Democrats. However, with the class and grace one would expect from her, Liberty was able to laugh and take a joke (whether Roach meant it as a joke, I’m not sure) — not be “triggered” like so many of her generation — and assuredly declare that NO, this will not make her a Democrat.
Good for you Liberty. You can and should be very proud of yourself, and I hope that you are. I’m certain that your parents are. That’s far more important, again in the real world, than talking like a vulgar bratty spoiled child who is angry she didn’t get her own way (but .. but .. Hillary deserved to be President). And again, Tyra Banks should not give a platform to the sort of hatred espoused by the likes of Kyla Coleman. At a minimum, it ought not be the language and behavior that Tyra Banks is mentoring or condoning in a young model hopeful; and I’m sure that it actually isn’t, if Ms Banks thought about it.
I hope as the season continues that we will see @TyraBanks single out Liberty for her courage and conviction. So far, Liberty is the only girl that I see, in cycle 24, who embodies all that Tyra encourages in young women. Oh, and give Liberty the recognition and credit she deserves, without qualifying it with a “but I don’t agree with you” or some other unnecessary addition for any purpose, whether to try to make yourself look or feel better in the eyes and minds of certain people, or even if simply because you in fact don’t agree … because giving recognition and encouragement to Ms Netuschil wouldn’t be about you, it would be about her — a beautiful, brave, strong young American woman named Liberty Netuschil.