He seems like a decent enough guy, but he has been propelled to internet stardom mostly because he doesnt looking or act like a Batman villain
So, Justin Trudeau. What is up with that ?
Tim, by email
What indeed, Tim, what indeed. Perhaps some of you are reading this and saying: Er, he is the prime minister of Canada next question! Bless your hearts, readers who have more to do with their hour than read the growing number of obsessive blogs about the prime minister of Canada. You people are my daily inspiration if, at this point in my life, still merely an aspiration.
Anyway the prime minister of Canada! Im sorry, I may need to repeat that a few more days in order for it to sink in that I am about to write a style column about, of all things, the prime minister of Canada. Quite a turn of events for an American lady, considering a large part of my own country identity has been built on treating Canada like our embarrassing, nerdy sibling, who we alternately bully and dismiss. And now we have grown up to find that were living in a house run by a racist, orange imbecile and we would really like to move into that nice, wholesome log cabin in the timbers with our sibling, if only theyd take us please? Please? Ah well, as that sage of the 90 s( and early 00 s) Ronan Keating so wisely put it, life is a rollercoaster. Or as the millennials set it on social media now, life comes at you fast.
So, this is where we are now, with Trudeau being todays geopolitical pin-up. Its hard to think of a legislator more induced for this age than our Justin, the Disney prince constructed flesh: hes part of a political dynasty( very 21 st century, that ); he loves to pose for selfies in wildly diverse places( topless outside caves, in Ottawa with Obama ); he knows the value of a viral photo of him Doing Stuff( press-ups, yoga ); he has a really embarrassing tattoo that he probably regrets. He seems, in short, like a decent, liberal guy, the kind your college roommate dated and you stayed Facebook friends with for decades after, allowing you to follow his career in ethical banking.
But even all this would not be enough to explain the commotion of interest around Justin were it not for the fact that he is For a Politician( Fap) quite handsome. There it is. That acronym is clearly key to what is going on here: he seems pretty smart and straight-out down the line Fap. He dresses OK Fap.( Thats right, Im reclaiming the word fap. Consider it my new cause .)
Scoring highly Fap get you remarkably far if you are a politician. I wouldnt have seemed twice at JFK on the street too preppy but I can see that he looked better than the average American politician at the time( ie, sweaty Richard Milhous Nixon ). The only genuinely attractive legislator in the history of “the worlds” Barack Obama, because he is clearly so cool.
Cool is not a word anyone would apply to Trudeau. I do enjoy how he tweets bilingually, and his masterly handling of Trumps handshake suggests heretofore hidden depths. But until about three years ago he was regarded in Canada my senior Canada correspondents tell me as a bit of an embarrassing airhead. Less JFK and more Dubya, really.
How times change( part two ). The current Trudeau internet meme involves photos of various girls, including Kate Middleton, Ivanka Trump, Angela Merkel and Emma Watson, gazing at him with full Bambi eyes. Now, we are going to be able expend an enormous amount of Guardian-ish energy powered by the combustion of lentils and quinoa debating the feminist incorrects of suggesting intelligent women are reduced to eyelash-fluttering groupies in the presence of a good-looking man. But I merely cant work up the outrage( perhaps I need more lentils ). While I can see why Merkel, Watson and Middleton might be a little riled at the suggestion they cant control themselves around Trudeau while theyre working, I have a little less sympathy for Ivanka, who was widely mocked after photos of her were released apparently staring at Trudeau during a roundtable discussion about women in the workplace. Given that she was only in this workplace as she has always merely been at any workplace because of her daddy, and her much-vaunted brilliant notion about childcare is that the massively rich should get tax breaks on their nanny, I cant assist but feel that being photographed looking at the PM of Canada is the least of the things she should feel disconcerted about, but probably doesnt. But I cant bear to write about her for a third week in a row in this column, so lets just leave it there.
The truth is , no one guess Merkel et al have the hots for Trudeau. This meme is just a reflection of how the public is assumed to do so, which is a somewhat sad commentary on how desperate so many of us are for someone in politics who doesnt look and behave like a Batman villain( ruling out the entire Trump administration) and who seems like they have half a clue and moral compass( ruling out most British legislators ). If people are deifying a man who looks like a fairytale prince, its because theyre hoping to be saved in time for a happy objective. And this undertaking has fallen to … Canada. And OK, so, as superheroes go, Trudeau really only looks like one Fap. But in this age, Fap is pretty much as good as we got. Save us, Canada.
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