Sunday’s Oscar snafu was the perfect summary of the world we live in today. Is this the new norm in Trump’s America?
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Susan Hennessey, Kori Schake, Rosa Brooks, and new guest Joanna Rothkopf help the ER nerds understand what happened during Sunday’s Oscar snafu. Whether we like it or not, the Oscars, Hollywood, and pop culture in general have become increasingly political, and the star-studded events are now venues for primetime protest. But is this part of a bigger trend? Are politics and entertainment colliding? We do, after all, have a president who was once a reality television host….
The conversation then turns to some more serious talk. We’re only a month into the presidency, but the amount of uncertainty and anxiety that the Trump administration is creating throughout immigrant communities is astounding. As one of the panelists points out, certainty is important when it comes to policy changes, and as of now, we are in the most ambiguous of times.
And speaking of uncertainty, the much anticipated Trump budget proposal is expected to land shortly. With hints that the Department of Defense will receive a major increase in spending and the State Department may face cuts, what else is on the chopping block?
Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. She is the author of the newly released book How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. Follow her on Twitter at: @brooks_rosa.
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