Baby Trump Balloon Is The Type Of Civility We’re Looking For

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Complacency is overrated

Right now there’s a 19-foot balloon depicting President Donald Trump as a screaming, orange, diaper-wearing baby with a cell phone and bad toupee flying over Parliament Square in London. The balloon has been a highly anticipated element of the “Stop Trump” march since its approval by the mayor of London last week.

Its takeoff drew a large crowd of excited spectators, garnered international attention, and, unsurprisingly, elicited a response from Trump himself. He told the Sun that the balloon made him feel “unwelcome,” which was definitely the point. Leo Murray, an activist and creator of the “Trump Baby” balloon, referred to the entire demonstration as a “victory,” explaining to The New York Times that “people love it, he hates it, and it’s driven him out of London.”

As he mentioned, not everyone loves it; some see it as a demonstration that meets the president at the childish level on which he loves to operate. Which raises a broader question that has consistently been in the spotlight: Does the Trump Administration deserve a level of civility? There’s a multifaceted, though not overly complex, reason as to why “civility” is both irrelevant and counterintuitive to creating a fair and equal landscape for everyone. 

As we use it now, being “civil” means not actively working to dismantle the existing systems which operate against minority groups. That means women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, immigrants—anyone who doesn’t fit into the American mold that this administration has deemed acceptable and deserving of basic rights and liberties. 

Civility suggests that it's wrong to make life difficult for people who take rights away from others. It promotes the silencing of oppressed minorities. And when powerful people aim to silence those of us fighting for equality, it's oppression.  

For many people, civility is not an option because their lives are at a very real risk if they remain complacent about the direction our government is headed. Though, not everyone has a platform to express their discontent and demand for change. It then becomes necessary for those of us who can to advocate and call out officials who are in support of discriminatory measures and regulations.

The “Trump Baby” balloon is a great example of the sort of solidarity we need. The English are not at nearly as great of a risk under this administration, yet their protest is a condemnation that refuses to be ignored, giving even greater attention to the necessity of change in our current political climate. 

This is how we ignite change, by standing and acting in solidarity with communities who need support and advocacy. Going to marches, sharing the stories of others, calling out Trump and his officials on their BSthat’s how we’re going to get from one place to the next. 

So, fly on baby Trump balloon! May it prompt a few laughs and launch even greater change. 

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]