Cheers & Jeers

Published on July 17, 2017

It's all about the shoes.

©Matthieu Alexandre/The Associated Press

Jeers: to pointed photography. This July 13 photo from the Associated Press purports to show “Brigitte Macron (right), wife of French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump at an official welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris.” Well, no, actually. Those are just their feet. U.S. President Donald Trump was in Paris for a two-day visit to discuss policy. But hey — get a load of those heels.

Jeers: to behaviour unbecoming a president. And, speaking of heels, just when you thought Donald J. Trump couldn’t trump his own latest blunder, he somehow manages to find a way. In Paris, Trump openly assessed the physique of Brigitte Macron, wife of French president Emmanuel Macron, telling her, “You know, you’re in such good shape. Beautiful.” We’re sure the comment meant the world to Madame Macron and that now her life is all the more richer for having secured the U.S. president’s approval. You can only imagine what Trump might have said had Macron not measured up to his own personal beauty pageant ideal.

Cheers: to accessible events. The organizers of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival deserve a standing ovation for the great strides they have made in offering a world-class event that gets more and more inclusive every year. The folk festival, held in Bannerman Park in St. John’s when the weather co-operates, incorporates all kinds of features to make the gathering as welcoming as possible, including accessible ticket lines, a quiet tent, Braille programs, listening devices and wheelchairs on loan. Bravo!

Jeers: to dangerous drivers. “Been dangerously cut off by 2 drivers in less than 20 minutes, one woman gives me the finger and laughs,” Telegram photographer Keith Gosse tweeted last week. His experience sounds all too familiar. Perhaps someone should organize a tour of all the roadside memorials on this province’s highways and byways, as a reminder of just how grave the results can be for those who decide to drive like maniacs, text/talk/drink/get stoned and drive — and for anyone unlucky enough to be in their path.