This is something I’ve noticed for years, but finally, I think the time is right to post what I see going on:
By the way, I have no agenda to push, I have no narrative to forward nor am I trying to sway anyone’s political views.
This is simply a casual observation of mine.
For the record, I belong to a one-man political party, known as The Ethical Party.
This means I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but my one-man party takes what I perceive as the good from both Democrats and Republicans, alike, and rejects what I perceive as the garbage from those two parties.
Without further ado, here I go:
It’s no secret, Donald Trump is a very polarizing figure.
He is someone whom you either revile or draw inspiration from.
There really isn’t any in between.
By the way, it has been like this for him long before he got into politics.
I’ll give examples of how he is both reviled, yet inspiring:
First, I’ll point out how he is reviled:
I have noticed that Hollywood for years has been hating on Donald Trump.
These years date long before he decided to get into politics.
The biggest example I can think of is back in 1990 when NBC aired a made for television movie known as, “The Great Los Angeles Earthquake.” I first saw this movie in 2008 when I purchased it on DVD. My ex-wife now, unfortunately, has that DVD, but she can keep it. I’m glad to part with it and all my other stuff she got when we split up if it means I don’t have to interact with her.
It is one of my favorite movies, actually, because, I think Los Angeles is a really neat city and would very much like to visit it one day, but also I like the movie for several other reasons: One of my favorite flashlights ever made has a cameo in that movie, the Eveready Commander No. 5122. There is footage of the now defunct railroad Southern Pacific, which is my favorite former railroad. Also, I am highly interested in technology from the late 1980s and early 1990s and there is a good bit of the then current computer, cellular phone and other technologies featured in that movie. I also like seeing all of the now vintage cars and trucks in that movie.
The arch villain in that said movie, Wendell Kaetes, or however his name is spelled, I believe is heavily inspired by Donald Trump. I mean, he resembles Trump physically. He is a real estate developer. He is a shrewd businessman with a quick temper. And there is a line in the movie where he is referred to as “The Donald Trump of the West Coast.” He meets his demise by falling out of his office window of the high rise building he owns when one of the quakes occur. The character has Donald Trump written all over it.
While Hollywood may be hating on him, other entities draw on him for inspiration.
This too has been going on long before he got into politics.
The biggest example I can find is in the Radio Shack Catalogs.
By the way, I do not own the featured image on this page, Radio Shack does-it is straight from their 1996 catalog.
From 1996 until 2001, in order to sell Business Band radios, Radio Shack featured a picture that entailed a businessman in a suit and tie supervising a construction project and giving out commands over a Radio Shack Business Band radio. The model in the suit and tie is obviously a reference to Donald Trump, which I would have never realized had I not seen that aforementioned movie. On one side of him there is a black lady holding the building plans and on the other side, there is a hispanic man going over a checklist. The ironic part is that these two models on the sides of him come from ethnicities of people whom the media vehemently tries to put Donald Trump at odds with.
The reason why I say that the model in the suit and tie is an obvious reference to Donald Trump is that he definitely resembles him physically, he is in charge of a construction project. He appears to be barking orders over the radio. And he is dressed like a businessman. If he isn’t the owner of the construction project going on, he is likely an executive in charge of it.
So, basically, my theory is Radio Shack likely capitalized on Trump’s image and likeness in order to sell their rebadged Motorola and other manufacturer’s Business Band radios.
I’m not sure of their success though, because I don’t have access to their sales data.
For whatever reason though, in about 2004 or 2005, Radio Shack quit selling Business Band radios and this was a huge mistake in my opinion.
This mistake probably was a factor in them going under in the mid to late 2010s.
My biggest question behind all of this is:
Has anyone else noticed these things or am I the only one?
By the way, prior to me watching that earthquake movie, the only time I had ever heard of Donald Trump was on the rapper Nelly’s album Country Grammar. This may come as a shock to just about all of you and I’ve only realized it in the past few minutes, but the lyrics in that said album subconsciously inspired parts of my infamous “Grocer and Writer” stories!
If there is anything to be learned from all of this it is that controversy sells and the juicier any content is, the more profitable it becomes…
As a writer, I am well aware of this, though I have yet to earn a single red cent on anything I’ve written. However, when I write something controversial, I know that is what attracts my readers more than anything else.
I hope, you, the reader, find me informative and entertaining…