He is therefore a star.
Anyone who shoves their shit in everyone’s faces is a star in the media.
This quote, from Nick Pemberton, is part of an excellent article about the PR of powerful people under late capitalism. There are lots of parallels made between the Regime of Donald Trump, and the life and ideas of George Orwell.
Below, Pemberton describe the way fin-de-regime suspicion (or systemic corruption) is mis-directed into suspicion of the poor and the foreign.
When the ruling class employs suspicions it is for people on food stamps, welfare, disability, etc. Suspicion is used to militarize the middle class against the working class who is supposedly not doing their fair share.
In this world women who are abandoned by men and want to feed their family are framed as gold diggers or welfare queens. Immigrants are seen as leachers. The homeless are seen as excess. The water of poor and brown communities is no longer a right but a resource that needs to be liberated for profit by the market in order to get better jobs for middle class whites. All business adventures by the 1% are seen as charitable and beneficial when in fact they are highly destructive, selfish and pathological.