There was a time, say almost 30 years ago that the perception of publicity was divided into two categories, good and bad or negative and positive. Any news report about a celebrity, a politician or a public figure having negative connotations would open a personal Pandora’s box and the media would probe the news in microscopic detail. If the theme subject centered around an extra-marital affair or a sex scandal , the end result would most likely be that the person’s career would be ruined.
A classic example would be the Profumo affair in 1961 involving John Profumo, the British Secretary of State for War. He was involved in a brief sexual relationship with a young 19-year old model Christine Keeler. The press picked up the story after which his career plummeted.
Initially, in 1963 he denied the tryst but later confessed. The conservative government of Prime Minister was badly shaken by the scandal which resulted in both Profumo’s and Macmillan’s resignations. Many attribute the defeat of the Conservative party in the 1964 elections to the scandal.
Profumo never held public office after that and to atone for his misadventure worked as a volunteer at Toynbee Hall, East London charitable trust.
Fast forward to 2016, in the age of digital technology, digital information, an age where attitudes and perceptions of things once considered promiscuous or immoral have now become standard fare.
Homosexuality, gay marriages, and issues before closet issues are now in the open, Gay marriage has been legalized in many states of the USA. Sex scandals though evoke interest in the media it is not looked upon with disgust and revulsion as in the yesterdays.
The media loves to pick up scoops and play it up especially the supermarket tabloids. So the million dollar question is how will the world and especially the American voters react to the racy photos of Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican nominee for the President of the United States, Donald Trump, posted in The New York Post.
The photos in question are of the time when Melanie was not married and an aspiring model in her late twenties.
Well although there will be some eyebrows raised and some shame from ultra conservative people the fact of the matter is that Trump with his foul mouth rhetoric already spewing forth venom against Muslims. Hispanics, blacks making both the USA as well as allies jittery he has had all the media attention focused on him.
So one can well ask if Donald Trump himself released or gave the go-ahead to the New York Post to publish the sleazy pictures. Was it an attempt to deflect media attention off him or simply wanted to stir the political hotpot further.
What do the American people in general think of the photos, will shock and revulsion make people change their decision who to vote for.
To state it bluntly, the voters do not care for these are trivial issues. The people are concerned with major issues such as the current San Bernadino Killings, The Orlando massacre all attributed to Muslim terrorism. The shooting of the young black youth by white police officers and the resulting killing of white police officers by black youth has simmered race relations in the United States.
The terrorist activities have spread far and wide and there is a growing sense of fear and insecurity pervading the atmosphere. Donald Trump is touching upon this psyche and touched a raw nerve on security issues.
Other issues centering along the campaign are the recent revelations of e-mail hacking that led to the resignation of the Democratic National Party (DNC) , Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schulz, The Donald’s overtures to the Russians to further hack DNC e-mails.
The latest controversy of the Presidential elections is Trump’s spat with the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier for which he has drawn a lot of flak from the Hillary camp as well as his own leading Republican leaders. This could well be Donald’s undoing for he has hurt a lot of armed forces families which will lead voters to think if He (Trump) is fit and worthy to become the Commander-in-Chief of US forces.
Donald Trump has his plate full, he is busy stoking the fires of the political cauldron to bother with what he consider a non-issue.
What about the NY Post itself, what made it publish those photos, was there a hidden conspiracy to smear the Donald. If that being the case, well the Donald does not outside help as he is doing a fine job of shooting himself in the foot.
It is surprising that The New York Post just released a story just after Hillary Clinton was nominated the DNC candidate for President.
Experts are of the opinion that The NYC Post a Republican paper which has already endorsed Donald Trump published the photos has greater and complex connotations and Donald Trump has planted a red herring in the media cycle.
Trump is well known for his blatant and consistent sexism and if the media or the public tears his wife apart he will gleefully contend the inherent hypocrisy in the media.
Melania is already uncomfortable about being exposed so much in the limelight especially after the Michelle Obama plagiarism issue.
The Donald camp is hoping that putting Melania in the crosshairs will make the liberals as retribution shame her to avenge sexist remarks against Michelle Obama .
If Donald Trump is complicit in the publication of the photos to make a political grandstand then what can one say, there seems to be no ethics, no sense of morality in the man. It seems that he will go to any lengths to win.
Donald Trump is insensitive and callous in his political campaign, he has already stirred a hornet’s nest.
Initially, when he threw the gauntlet in the ring there were conspiracy theories abound that Trump was doing it for Hillary to ensure that she wins and he personally being a businessman had no interest in winning at all.
All that seems to be a part of history and Donald trump will do anything to in an attempt to win even he has to strip his wife naked and parade her all the way to the White House.
The world is waiting and watching with bated breath the whole scenario but even a child knows that elections 2016 as it draws closer is going to be the ugliest, nastiest, most ruthless campaign.
It has been quite a political circus and the Donald and Hillary have both held their own up to now. The Hillary camp is more respectable, sensitive, and has a grip of the issues on the average voter.
All one can say in conclusion is the may the best man or in this case, most hopefully the best woman win.
Trump, speaking of photos pointed out that Melania is a beautiful woman and has done a lot of shoots in Europe long before he married.
Gary Hart, a former Senator fell from Grace and had to withdraw from the 1984 elections due to a sex scandal with a woman called Donna Rice. Similarly, Bill Clinton almost got impeached for the Monica Lewinsky affair.
But all that has now changed, social mores have now become less prim and as repeatedly said people do not care as there are greater issues at hand.
Melania Trump has already been in the spotlight for allegedly making a plagiarized speech at the GOP convention in Ohio, Cleveland and where her lines were like that of Michell’s Obama’s speech at the 2008 convention when Obama was nominated the candidate for the President.