I frankly don't care about most of the items in the pop culture – I don't care what drug Lindsey Lohan is doing; Mel Gibson is still a smart, talented actor & director despite (perhaps because of) his mental instability; I have no idea why the Kardashians are on magazine covers or even who they are; any time spent on Paris Hilton or Perez Hilton is a waste; & I am proud to say that I have never watched an episode of Oprah.
However, the recent tribulations of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French, socialist, high-rolling, now-former director of the International Monetary Fund, accused of sexual assault of a hotel maid, borders slightly in the realm of this web log insomuch as it portrays the socialist elite of the masses (“Some animals are more equal than others”). This attitude seems to be so oddly accepted by so many of the liberal, mostly-European crowd, such as his friend & defender Bernard-Henri Lévy.
This morning, I hold it against the American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretend to take him for a subject of justice like any other.
Or his friend Gilles Savary, with the quote of “everyone knows that he is a libertine”, among others:
The pro-DSK comments which have infuriated women’s groups have mostly been made by left-wing politicians and commentators who would normally position themselves as supporters of women’s rights. Socialist former culture and Education minister, Jack Lang, said that DSK should have been given immediate bail since “no one was dead”.
The commentator and leftist-nationalist activist, Jean-François Kahn – a close friend of DSK – said the allegations amounted to no more than a “troussage de domestique” (literally, stripping or having casual, forced sex with a servant). Both men have since apologised for their remarks.
Another friend of DSK, the Socialist Euro MP Gilles Savary, suggested that the ex-IMF chief might have been a victim of a “cultural” gulf between France and the US. Mr Strauss-Kahn, he said, was a “libertine” who enjoyed the “pleasures of the flesh” but this was not tolerated in a “puritan America, impregnated with rigorous Protestantism”.Mr Savary has not yet apologised for calling an alleged attempted rape “pleasures of the flesh”.
But I digress. I stumbled over this gem from the file photos of the New York, & I just . . . can't . . . help myself: