It had long struck me that the one innocuous aspect of Trump’s anti-‘PC’ appeal — yes, in a sea of more sinister ones —is that he represents the ability to succeed without having gaffes or gauche slip-ups held against him. That thing where politicians had to be impeccable, to have never literally or proverbially inhaled, has carried over, in the social media age, to all. As Jon Ronson has reported one can get fired from a job doing pretty much whatever for a tweet about oh, just about anything.
Emmy Rossum just nabbed a major victory in the long haul fight for equal pay in Hollywood.
When I was about eight, I was in the waiting room to see the dentist. There were some boys around my age playing a video game. I didn’t have video games at home, didn’t know anything about them, and was thus intrigued. I asked to join but was rebuffed. An adult (someone’s parent? a receptionist?) intervened, and the boys handed me a controller of my own. I was thrilled, until I realized that they’d handed me a broken one.
Emmy Rossum is locked in a fierce contract renegotiation battle with Showtime. If she wins, it will make for a major victory in an ongoing fight to close Hollywood’s gender pay gap.
In the New Yorker, Amy Davidson offers a list of thirteen women who might make strong presidential candidates the next time around. Davidson notes that qualifications in politics are no longer required for the job, thus opening the field to successful people from all professions. Number six on the list is Sheryl Sandberg, who would also, should she run and win, be the first Jewish president. Writes Davidson: “Sandberg is ambitious and talented and a far better businessperson than Donald Trump.”