On Both Sides: Their “Emperor’s” New Clothes


Well, isn’t this interesting: two people of high power, one from each end of the political spectrum, now sailing in the same ship of doom: frowned upon by the general public, and yet one was removed from position, and the other continues to bask in their supposed glory as long as they can manage. Their stories appear frighteningly familiar, as if written hundreds of years ago in fairy tale…

By golly, it was written — by Hans Christian Andersen, author of so many children’s stories, “The Little Mermaid” among them — here as “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Basic premise: a selfish emperor desires to show off the best outfit to be personally designed for a parade about the town. Some strategic con-men manage to sway him that their “fine fabric” will only be visible to those fit for the role of emperor — those unfit might be deemed “hopelessly stupid.”

Countless people, as the story continues, including the emperor’s ministers and even the emperor himself, cannot see the thread, but do not mention this for fear of association with that label. It takes an innocent child in the procession during the emperor’s “full body display” to let everyone realize the humorous, irrational, naked truth.

Going back to present day, applying this story to real life, why did one person of power (Weinstein) go down, and not both (Trump)? They are both accused of numerous sexual allegations, dating back a long time — and they’re not even the only ones, they’re just the biggest names at the moment. Take George H.W. Bush, Mark Halperin, James Toback, even Ben Affleck.

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To use the best words, truly, you at least have to go back even further than Andersen — maybe to Aesop’s Fables themselves. Aesop is believed to have lived approx. 620 – 564 BC, and would become known as a slave storyteller. His stories became known as Aesop’s Fables, and are powerful in reviewing numerous social and political topics with an ethical consequence in mind by each story’s conclusion.

Mainly, to keep retelling tales time and time again — to keep reinventing the wheel — changes the original plotline and thus the constitutional structure of the original author’s intent. Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” ended (SPOILER ALERT!) with the main character dissolving into ethereal sea foam. The structure of America is rattling.

We’ll always have lipstick.

Read full Vox article by Anna North and Ezra Klein here:

Read more about The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen here:

Read full article from People Magazine here: