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Entertainment Weeklies Are Cozying Up To Trump First Family

Its {nearly|not quite|not exactly} February 2017, Donald Trump is the 45th president, and checkout counter weeklies are singing praises of {the new|the brand new|the newest} first family.

Cute photos and stories are right up their alley People magazine has run headlines {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} former first family including Make the Obama Familys Favorite Apple Pie and Barack Obamas 50th Birthday Dance Party . {But in|However in|In} a political moment marked by over one million people taking to American streets {to demonstrate|to show} views {often|usually|frequently} at odds with {the new|the brand new|the newest} U. S. leader, the Trump family headlines feel slightly out of place.

Still, publications including People and Us Weekly {appear to be|look like|seem to be} covering the Trump clan like any regular old celebrity family {just one|just one single|only one} that happens to be surrounded by their fathers now immensely influential appointees. Like Jared Kushner, Ivankas real-estate-developer husband who now {has the|gets the|has got the} ear of not just his father-in-law, {but the|however the|nevertheless the} U. S. president. Or Steve Bannon, a champion of white supremacists, whose website Breitbart attacks immigrants, Muslims and Black Lives Matter supporters .

{Although|Even though} he was once a TV celebrity like {any other|any|every other} covered in tabloid pages, Trumps fame is now much different than that of actors and pop stars. Pictured without context, his smiling children represent love and inclusion, values American families hold dear. But Trump is angry , and his proposed policies are {far from|definately not|not even close to} inclusionary .

Staggering wealth, intense competition, unbreakable ties growing up Trump, reads a sub-headline on {the most recent|the newest|the most up-to-date} cover {of Us|folks|people} Weekly, {featuring a|having a} photo of five Trump kids (one is nearly 40) appearing to stage a goofy family moment. The titular article details {the various|the many|the different} Trumps affluent lives, noting that Tiffany had been picked to be featured on theRich {Kids|Children|Young ones} of Instagram account, that Michael Jackson once watched an 8-year-old Ivanka dance, and Don became a ski bum for {a year|per year|annually} after partying pretty hard in college.

Theres a dark absurdism in the contrast {between the|between your|involving the} weeklies sunny headlines (The First Family! ) and Trumps Twitter account .

Down in the comments on {social media|social media marketing|social networking}, one word keeps {coming up|approaching|coming} normalize. Objectively gross {pictures|images} of wealth aside, could the magazines conventional coverage of the Trump family be affecting readers politics? If the Trump family is shown favorably, sweetly, normally does that make it {easier to|better to|simpler to} swallow their patriarchs threatening rhetoric?

After tweeting out its latest cover, Us Weeklys followers were not happy. Commentersgeneral sentiment was critical of the publication, {and while|even though|although} some voices opposing that stance made themselves heard, they tweeted less in defense {of Us|folks|people} Weeklys editorial decision than against apparent Trump dissenters.

The story follows {another|yet another|still another} on Us Weekly, published in December, that featured photos of the first family under the title Donald Trumps Family: His Kids, Grandkids, Wives {and More|and much more}. Since then, their father, grandfather and husband (or ex-husband) our president has issued judgments in 140-character spurts on topics ranging widely from a beloved Hollywood actress , nuclear arms and, bizarrely, crowd size . Governing by stormy tweets is a departure for U. S. politics and, {to some|for some|with a}, a disturbing one. Yet on the cover of tabloids, the Trumps smile on. And President Trump himself is inserted {into a|right into a|in to a} narrative happy member of a happy family that represents an alarmingly small sliver of {the current|the existing|the present} reality. Perhaps one thats more palatable to look at {than the|compared to the|compared to} state of current political affairs.

Us Weekly isnt the only one handling the Trumps in such a ho-hum manner, either. People magazine, too, has published its share {most notably|especially|such as} right after Trumps election victory.

Donald Trump: His life, his family & his astonishing journey to the White House, read a People magazines headline the week of Nov. 8, after weeks and months of insensitive and counterfactual comments by Trump during his campaign. (A spokesperson {for People|for folks|for individuals} told The Huffington Post the magazine does not {comment on|touch upon|discuss} editorial policy. ) While much of {the country was|the united states was|the nation was} left stunned by the election results {perhaps even|maybe even|possibly even} fearful {if they|should they|when they} belonged to minority groups decried by the former candidate or if they relied on certain healthcare access People had quickly {opened up|exposed|opened} a fresh new page {in history|ever sold|ever} for the president-elect, continuing as usual.

There have been more. 27 Photos of Ivanka Trump and Her Family That Are Way Too Cute, read {yet another|another|just one more} , published Nov. 27. Not to be left out, Star and {OK|OKAY}! have run some photos and video of the Trumps , too. (The First Family! President Trump, First Lady Melania, & More STUN At Inaugural Ball, read a recent headline on {OK|OKAY}! )

Even Entertainment Weekly, a sister publication {of People|of individuals|of men and women} specializing in on-screen topics, took an eyebrow-raising spin on the inauguration weekends news about Washington crowds. Trump inauguration ratings second biggest in 36 years, EW wrote , making no mention of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicers heftier and widely discussed {claim that|declare that} the president attracted {the largest|the biggest|the greatest} audience ever.

Such tabloids survive the fluctuating media landscape by trafficking in celebrity any celebrity. From Tila Tequila to Tiffany Trump, {they are|they’re|they truly are} happy to offer little cultural or political context {as they|because they|while they} lure in readers with pretty faces and pretty lives. That seemingly limitless escapism, {however ,|but|nevertheless ,} could hit an ugly snag if the presidents policies spark more serious protests, or if his violent language {translates into|results in|means} violent acts.

Because American presidents sit at a juncture of pop culture and politics, curious citizens are interested in knowing about their lives beyond the oval office. (Plus, one executive face is easier to picture {than a|when compared to a|than the usual} sea of hundreds {that make up|that define|that comprise} the legislative side. ) But {if a|in case a|if your} president begins enacting harmful policies, at what point does continuing to elevate his celebrity become something else a distraction, or propaganda?

Trumps family is intrinsically {linked to|associated with|connected to} his platform. Their smiling faces, though, may not be {able to|in a position to} gloss over his policies throughout his term.

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