What a week this was!
There’s so much going in Berlin right now, one event after the other. Boring? No way, not in this here capital metropolis. GQ Awards, a private meeting with Liv Tyler, an incredible shooting for a truly enchanting scent… all that and more. The week was so jam packed with highlights that I’m struggling to pick one.
If I had to choose, I’d probably go for the short meeting with Liv Tyler in an intimate setup. I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan, as you know, so it was all the more incredible to experience Liv in ‘real life’ and to get the chance to ask her a couple of questions.
Time to cuddle! Even though the agenda is completely packed, I was fortunate enough to also get some time to spend at home. Good thing that most of my events take place in Berlin. You probably know that I love spending time at home. I enjoyed giving my place a make-over, looking forward to sharing it with you. I’ll also have the last round of pics from Iceland for you, and a new series from Berlin. It’s gonna get colorful!
One topic overshadowed all the others this week:
the presidential elections in the US.
You know that I do my best to stay clear of politics, as I just don’t consider myself competent enough to really assess the long-term effects of elections, especially in geopolitical terms. I don’t really want to judge the outcome of these elections either, not least because the choices on offer were frankly catastrophic. Who is the lesser evil of the two? I honestly couldn’t say. What I do find interesting is how so many people who have never read a single political text in their lives suddenly seem to know it all. This arrogance, which is quite widespread in my generation, really gets on my nerves. It’s usually coupled with condescension for the older generations, who are branded as spiteful and demented for holding opinions of their own. We learn from mistakes and experience, many people seem to forget that are incapable of accepting that the universe does not revolve around them.
No one among us, unless you are American citizen, had any say in this election. For that reason, there’s absolutely no point in getting too heated up about it. What we can – and should – change, is the what’s happening in our own country. We, too, have elections on the agenda next year, and we were just shown what happens when we ignore the anger that’s building up in society.
People that are angry will use their vote to express that rage, that’s how democracy works: everyone gets to vote, whether we like it or not. It’s really no surprise that the parties from the far-right gain momentum, seeing how they position themselves as the ones who listen to people. By contrast, the large and established parties have become a homogenous mass in our country, no one really knows what either of them stands for anymore. Sad, isn’t it? Maybe we should put our own house in order before we point our fingers to the USA.
Another thing that really does my head in is how Melania Trump is treated. I understand that everyone’s already missing Michelle Obama, but I think it’s messed up how everyone is having a go at Melania before sheÄs even officially first lady. I see comparison montages where Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and other first ladies are presented as equals, next to a picture of half-naked Melania Trump. And tons of mean and sexist comments.
People, you can’t be against sexism and then revert to slut shaming at the first opportunity that presents itself!
Yes, she was a model in her youth, and yes, she did show skin. So what? It’s her body, her decision and I don’t think it’s ok to unleash all that hate on her.
Alright, so staying out of politics didn’t really work today. Well, sometimes you gotta say what you gotta say.