I don’t normally like to watch a celebrity very closely, especially not one connected to politics.
But this headline and the attached videos caught my eye.
As part of my “fake news checking checklist” I incorporated the article as a thing to check, but now I’m going to reference it as a way to analyze a celebrity’s behavior in excrutiating detail.
Here’s the article: http://www.redbookmag.com/love-sex/relationships/a48289/these-melania-gifs-are-dividing-opinion/
And here’s some of the images:
There are certainly now many more images, videos, and links that you can find on this subject.
The important aspect to all of this is that we are seeing multiple moments with the two, in public, that show the first lady recoiling from her husband’s advances. From simple hand-holding requests, air kissing, responsive facial expressions after engaging him, and even when being held closely during their first dance, each of these in itself may not be enough to draw a conclusion.
But they are not isolated. Each one builds upon and reinforces the other. The totality of these images showing her EXPRESSED behavior means that something deep, something permanent, something serious is going on.
Could that something be abuse? Could that something be deep distrust? We don’t know. All we do know is that the first lady is expressing herself, and because she is a strong woman, we must also assume that she is being honest.
As behavioral students and scientists, we should also remember that an expressed behavior “in the wild” is far more revealing than any premeditated response or organized interrogation. If we were to have a famous ex-playboy model now TV personality interview her, and ask her if she were happy, the answer should be predictable. Of course she’s happy. Of course everything is perfect.
But do they live together? Do they sleep together? Does every minute apart from each other create anxiety? My guess is that, no, Don and Mel do NOT miss each other when they are apart. They do NOT want to be together, and that she, in particular, is trying to be as far away as possible.
Agree? Disagree? Check them out. Let me hear your thoughts. Try to use real evidence. For now, we have to assume that video, especially video taken during the inauguration, is going to be “fact.”
For my part, I hope she can escape as quickly as possible. I hope all of us can.