By Kosha Oswald – Collegiate Staff
I went around campus to get people’s responses to the video leaked of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In the 2005 video, Mr. Trump is talking to Billy Bush on a bus on the set of “Days of Our Lives” where Mr. Trump was making a guest cameo. He said very vulgar things about women including,
“ I moved on her like a B****…Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony **** and everything…” He then goes on to say, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful..and when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” This is totally offensive. First of all, to talk about a woman’s body and looks as if they are objects is disgusting. I hate the implications he makes in reference to a woman’s looks. A woman’s breasts and body do not define her beauty. It’s also terrible that he thinks fame gives him the right to do whatever he wants. That is such a bad example of power and a clear representation of poor morals. I found his words very insulting and I expected to find other people angered and upset by his comments. Instead, what I found was that many people didn’t care.
Several people didn’t want to talk with me about it and simply told me that what he said wasn’t that bad. Objectifying and downgrading women is bad. We are just as important as men. We deserve respect and dignity. Those comments are not respectful and we should care about them. We should care that a presidential candidate disrespects women. If we let him think it’s okay to talk that way now, what will he try and get away with if he becomes president?
It also irritates me that so many people laughed and told me that “men say things like that all the time.” It’s not a joke, the fact that a man could say those things is ridiculous and offensive. I don’t find anything comical about it and I am shocked that so many people did. It’s not acceptable to call it a “man thing,” not all men act that way. I am married and I can assure you my husband would never say things like that about women. So, being a man is no excuse to speak that way. People tend to act how they see others act. If we let some men speak that way about women, it will allow others to think it’s okay as well, and it’s just not.
After the video leaked he tried to defend himself calling it “locker room talk.” No, that is no excuse. No one should talk that way about women ever, no matter where they are. It is not okay to downgrade women ever. Implying that it’s okay to talk that way in certain settings is ridiculous and shows his lack of understanding and respect for women.
It’s also not okay to let someone of his political stature get away with those comments. He should be setting a good example for adults and children. I don’t have kids but I know that I wouldn’t want my children to hear things like that. What kind of message does this send to little girls? He implies that all that matters is the way a woman looks. That could completely ruin a young girl’s self image. I want young girls to feel like they are more than looks. I want them to know that they can be smart, funny, athletic, and so much more.
Mr. Trump’s comments about women only focus on their looks. He’s not the role model I want for little girls, or for young boys for that matter. Young boys should grow up to respect women and treat them with dignity. I don’t want young boys to think because Donald Trump treats women like objects that they can or should. I want better for the future generations.
I want a leader who wants better for themselves and the country. I want a leader who wants to build the country and the people in it up, not tear them down. I want us as a society to care about this issue. I want us to want to build people up and not let people get away with tearing us down. If we start caring about these issues, we can make a difference. We all deserve better.