Thursday, October 27, 2005

Doting on "The Donald"

I found some Jewish rag on my kitchen table. As I waited for the dinner to cook, I flipped through the pages and was appalled by what I found. Some dorky eyeglass store was using Donald Trump to promote its product. I don't remember what that "Gotta have it" quote was, but it was demonstrating, "If you wanna be like Donald Trump, wear these glasses." I highly doubt it's a legal endorsement deal, and the picture of him wearing those glasses was probably fabricated in some Brooklyn guy's den. I don't think I have seen him wear that style of glasses, but then again I am so not looking. Does he even WEAR glasses?

Listen, I understand that nowadays you need celebrity to promote things. Skechers had Christina Aguilera. Chanel has Nicole Kidman. The milk ads try to get anyone who's anyone to be in their ads. Covergirl and Revlon have Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Molly Sims...you get the picture. Fine.

I know, I am not expecting a Gadol Hador's (L'Havdil) face to sell anything, unfortunately, but it would be nice if people wished more to emulate them than Donald Trump.

Yesterday, my nieghbor, coincidentally the one who recently got rid of their modest Mazda for an Acura MDX, brought over the board game "Trump." That made me nausheous. Play freakin Monopoly. He said his father bought the game. This fascination with Donald Trump further proves my point of some Jews being obsessed with money. Why are they fascinated with him? His MONEY. His POWER. His FAME.

Funny how they say that it's, "Jealousy, Desire, and Honor that take people out of this world."

I know it's hard and unrealistic to truly and fully admire Gedolim over these glamorous, glitzy "exciting" characters, but not obsessing about Donald Trump is a start. I know I am not above this. I love Gwen Stefani. Lauren Graham. Linda Stasi. Why do I secretly wish to be like them or look like them when they are Rebbetzins to admire and emulate??

31 Comments:

At 10/27/2005 8:32 AM, Blogger Y.Y. said...

i share your same exact feeling
i wish to be a celebrity rather then a gadol b'yisroel (l'havdel)

 
At 10/27/2005 9:32 AM, Anonymous Burchy said...

Agree totally. When you stop following this garbage and take a step back, you realize what these lowlives are all about. I have absolutely no desire to be like any of those skunks. If anything, I'd choose being a like a rav any day of the month.

 
At 10/27/2005 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People will always want money. That's a fact-you need it to live, and it's always nice to have lots of it and not to have to worry about how to make ends meet. I have less of an issue with people that wish they were rich than with people that use dishonest means to become rich. I'd rather that they would've just admired Donald Trump than sit in jail for fraud.

 
At 10/27/2005 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But there's a difference between wanting money and needing money. Yes, we all need money to live. And perhaps most of us want money to use for fun stuff. The question is, where does one draw the line? Do you want Trump money, or can you be happy with less? People want lots of money for the reasons Michelle quoted: prestige, power, pride. If that's their goal, then they're not living the Torah way. That's all there is to it. When you'd rather be Trump than Rabbi Ploni, you've got a serious problem.

 
At 10/27/2005 1:18 PM, Blogger Semgirl said...

Nevermind the "Rebbitzens". Why would you want to emulate some disgusting Shiksa, when you can just be a nice Jewish maidel, like I dont know, maybe, Michelle..

 
At 10/27/2005 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i personally hate donald trump altogether. he's an arrogant blowhard with a bad combover and a trophy wife. not who i'd want to emulate.

 
At 10/27/2005 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope you dont look like a rebbetzin

 
At 10/27/2005 8:07 PM, Blogger Lost said...

Michelle, props again for a poignant post! (alliteration at its finest, Prof Browne would be proud ;) It's hard sometimes to remember that we are only in this world for a short while and our job is not to ammass as much money as "The Big D". Have a g'shabbos my deep friend.

 
At 10/28/2005 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SemGirl, does a nice Jewish maidel discuss her DD's in public (or even in private, for that matter)? Again, I know you get the horny yeshiva guys to fantasize about you, but good luck finding someone normal.

 
At 10/28/2005 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Molly Sims, I was shopping around on eBay today and saw that she is working with eBay and Cesar and is auctioning off a signed, Cesar PuchiBag. The procedes go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support Breast Cancer. Here's the link, check it out! www.ebay.com/cesarforkomen

 
At 10/28/2005 12:57 PM, Blogger jossieb said...

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At 10/31/2005 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense, but you have created one of the most negative blogs I've ever seen.

 
At 10/31/2005 9:07 PM, Blogger Semgirl said...

last anon, thats a very mean thing to say.

Can you at least back up what you are claiming with examples.

 
At 11/01/2005 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, whoever said that this site is negative must bring EVIDENCE. First, how do YOU define negative? What do you mean by negative? Second, have you read every single piece here to determine that a certain percent are "negative"? Finally, have you read other blogs to compare in the "negativity" department? If you can't answer these questions, then it's time to get your head out of your ass.

 
At 11/01/2005 9:23 AM, Blogger Lost said...

Agreed! you can comment on wtvr you would like within the blog, but to diss the whole blog, well then wat the crap are you doing here?

 
At 11/01/2005 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I respectfully request that commenters please refrain from using inappropriate language. Thank you all!

 
At 11/01/2005 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the hell are you to make such a request? This is Michelle's blog. Putz.

 
At 11/01/2005 12:08 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Alright, children, settle down. First, I'd like to thank those who came to my defense, when anonymous with-no-guts told me that my blog is negative. Whatever, dude.

On that note, I hope it is clear to all that there is some positive scattered throughout the blog,as well as in my life and thoughts. Please notice that the pieces that focus soley on positive receieve fewer comments and less attention.

As for the attack on Semgirl, please allow her the blogging freedom she has. She has the right to write whatever she wants, you don't have to read it. Come on.

 
At 11/01/2005 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the anonymous poster who ripped the author of this blog for being "too negative". I have not posted any of the other anonymous posts here, that was my sole post.

At the request of those who decided that i needed to bring evidence that this blog is very negative, I began re-reading the last 6 or 8 posts. I stand by my comments.

Though the author does shout out to here teachers in one recent post, she also rips rich people for bringing maids for succos, rips jews who follow pop culture "icons", rips jews for calling spanish people amigo, the list goes on and on.

Indeed, this blog is NOT all about negativity - I retract that. The post about her teachers and the Singer Kayne Who? post do find the author showing "pluses".

I DO feel, however, that the large majority of the author's posts are of the attack variety. But you know what, it's her blog and she can write about whatever she writes. So while I still feel as though I am correct, I apologize for saying what I did and will not so comment again.

 
At 11/02/2005 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't mussar seforim also "attack"? If you think about it, this blog is a form of mussar, albeit more entertaining than you'd hear from your bais yaacov teacher.

 
At 1/11/2006 9:09 AM, Anonymous Chani said...

I don't see how playing the game of Trump means anything. We have the game too, & I'm probably the only person in my family who knows who Trump is.

 
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