Kellyanne Conway's Foot on the Couch Caused the Oscar Best Picture Blunder, and other Internet n
No, no one has accused Kellyanne Conway of masterminding the colossal Oscar mix-up heard round the world, but it's only a matter of time before the conspiracy theories grow.
Let's let Kanye weigh in.
Here is the offending Conway pic, taken while she attempted to capture a group photo of leaders of historically black colleges (the HSBC for all you wonks).
"Conway is kneeling on the couch. Other pictures of the same moment show she has her shoes on.
This has, of course, inflamed the (mostly liberal end of the) Internet.
SHE IS DISRESPECTING THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.
HOW COULD SHE.
And so on and so forth.
This tempest in a teapot is, in a word, dumb. In two words: incredibly dumb.
First of all, every party not in the White House likes to express shock and outrage at the way the other side is treating this hallowed job and office. Republicans were incensed when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama treated the Oval Office with slightly less formality than did Ronald Reagan, who, famously, always wore a suit coat in the Oval Office.
Obama puts his feet on the desk! Obama throws a football!
This is all par for the Internet outrage/partisan police.
It was dumb when Republicans leveled the charge of Obama and Clinton disrespecting the White House. It is equally dumb now.
Then there is the specific context of the photo above. While not captured in most of the photos that initially circulated on the Web, other snaps of the moments following the initial picture show Conway just trying to get in position to take a photo of the gathering.
Anyone who has ever tried to take a big group picture can sympathize."
Cilizza leaves you in no doubt that he is not a fan of the trump administration. "We have reached a point in our politics — and Trump was the agitator if not the originator of this latest flash of polarization — in which even the most mundane of events is somehow invested with nefarious symbolism.
This is not only dumb, but it distracts from more serious and consequential debates like Trump's travel ban, his campaign's contacts with Russian intelligence officials and his war against leaks. We're WAY better than this. We need to act like it."
Whether you agree or disagree with his politics, Cilizza at least has the moxie to call out ludicrous and unproductive Internet outrage. We're still waiting for the Internet to promulgate the theory that Kellyanne Conway caused "Deadpool" to be snubbed at the Oscars.