Teen Vogue published one of the hardest hitting post-election op-eds, and the internet is going wild.
Teen Vogue is no longer the place you go to read about the season's best lip gloss, or cutest Snapchat filters, or whatever teens are into. Today, the outlet published an op-ed by writer Lauren Duca titled "Donald Trump is Gaslighting America" that drops one truth bomb after another, putting major news outlets to shame.
Here she outlines Trump's rise to power:
"Trump won the Presidency by gas light. His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, we must regain control of the truth. If that seems melodramatic, I would encourage you to dump a bucket of ice over your head while listening to “Duel of the Fates." Donald Trump is our President now; it’s time to wake up."
Then, she explains what the term "gaslighting" means and how it applies to Trump's behavior:
"To gas light is to psychologically manipulate a person to the point where they question their own sanity, and that’s precisely what Trump is doing to this country. He gained traction in the election by swearing off the lies of politicians, while constantly contradicting himself, often without bothering to conceal the conflicts within his own sound bites. He lied to us over and over again, then took all accusations of his falsehoods and spun them into evidence of bias. At the hands of Trump, facts have become interchangeable with opinions, blinding us into arguing amongst ourselves, as our very reality is called into question."
The piece pants a terrifying picture of what the next four years under Trump could look like. It's a harsh wake up call from what many people would consider an unexpected source. Duca's piece is a reminder that we should take the youth population more seriously than we do, especially considering that in this election, the millennial Electoral College map was almost entirely blue, meaning that the youth are currently our only source of hope for a future that isn't total garbage. Luckily, the internet has taken notice and they are energized by the Teen Vogue op-ed. Here are some of the best things they had to say about it:
Teen Vogue when I was 15: photos of Jennifer Aniston's niece's pony's birthday party— Helen Holmes (@helenbholmes) December 10, 2016
Teen Vogue now: YAAAS COMRADE DISMANTLE THAT OPPRESSOR
Time Magazine: Ha ha. We'll give him devil horns. It'll be subversive.— JLJ (@jameslucasjones) December 10, 2016
Teen Vogue: THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR SUBTLETY. THIS COUNTRY IS ON FIRE. https://t.co/2FMuwe00A1
Teen Vogue > New York Times https://t.co/QSGgz24skz— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 10, 2016
Teen Vogue is headed by a WOC. You know, if you were wondering why they have more guts than most outlets right now.— Jess (@glitter4goals) December 10, 2016
2016— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 11, 2016
Media: white supremacists dress nice now
Teen Vogue: Trump is destroying democracy
Teen Vogue has done some of the best work this year and 1) other publications should be ashamed, and 2) hire more black women as editors https://t.co/gGU3EtMmIu— farwz (@farwzz) December 10, 2016
Exxon in charge of foreign policy and Teen Vogue in charge of journalism…— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) December 10, 2016
sure, whatever, 2016.
Where do you get your news? Oh, the only place left with guts enough to tell the truth: teen vogue.— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) December 10, 2016
Teen Vogue is legit one of our most hard hitting publications— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 11, 2016
I love how Teen Vogue insults are like, "Go back to writing about acne treatments!"— Lily Herman (@lkherman) December 11, 2016
I can have flawless skin AND slash the patriarchy, thx.