Complete Devastation To The Nation
By now, I’m sure most of you guys have seen this picture of Bishop Trotter of Chicago’s Sweet Holly Spirit Church in the bathtub with his granddaughter. This picture has both sinners and saints divided. Many argue that the picture is innocent and it is social media and the general public that is perverting an innocent time between a grandfather and his granddaughter. Others argue that this is perverted and regardless of how innocent his intentions may have been, that no grown a++ man should be in the tub with a child of any age, trunks on or not. Well, the Bishop has spoken out. Hear what he has to say.
This morning the Bishop called in to the John Hannah Morning Show on iHeart Radio – Inspiration 1390 to give his explanation of the what has cause such a frenzy over the last few days.
Loosely paraphrased, Trotter says he was in the bathtub, his granddaughter walked in and asked him about the bubbles in the tub. He explained to her that they were bubbles just like the ones she played/bathed in when she was a baby. Enamored with the bubbles, she wanted to get it. From there he put on trunks, the child’s mother put trunks on her, and the two frolicked in the tub. Mom snapped a photo of the two in the tub and another family member who manages the Bishop’s social media posted the photo. According to the Bishop, it was nothing more and nothing less. He also went on to mention that he has bathed with all of his children, he was raised that way, and made mention of the fact that coming up he and siblings / other relatives even shared bathed water.
First off, this response really feels like a PR move to clean up a mistake. Folks please remember, “in this life the truth rarely matters, its all about how things are perceived”. Here is my dilemma with his story. Why was your daughter and her mother so freely able to walk into the bathroom while you were bathing? This is not 1940 rural Mississippi. People don’t carry on socially like this anymore. Secondly, are we really supposed to believe that both of you put on shorts and then got back in the tub? If the child’s mother put bottoms on her, why didn’t she put her on a t-shirt or some sort of top?
In fairness, I will say that I think the act was completely innocent. It was inappropriate, but innocent. I honestly don’t think if anyone involved had ill intentions that they would have posted the picture on instagram. Let me reiterate, and for those of you that watch Scandal you can agree, “the truth rarely matters, its all about how things are perceived”. The imagery and very little detail or explanation during the time of the initial distribution of this photo made this situation perfect propaganda.
Repetition – owing to the infantile limitations of collective memory, a message must be continuously propagated in order to take hold within the collective consciousness.
Simplicity – The message must be designed in such a way that it appeals to or is quickly understood by the lowest common intellectual denominator of the collective. This is not only true because of the vast ignorance of the masses, but also because the collective attention span is virtually nonexistent. We now live in a world of sound-bite discourse. The simple lie always conquers the complex truth.
Imagery – The most powerful propaganda is embedded within appealing imagery. This imagery could be pictorial or descriptive. This is why movies and music are such potent forms of pr propaganda.
Sentiment – The message must contain as little detail as possible, and instead be designed in such a way that it appeals to some strong emotion or sentiment—such as sex or sympathy.
Me being a part of the media and getting my Olivia Pope on, my suggestion to the Bishop and his team is to shut up about the whole ordeal. It will blow over in a week or two. The best way to deal with a scandal in my opinion is to shut up about it or create a scandal or wait for another scandal to arise to divert the attention away from the current scandal.
At least the Bishop isn’t so heavenly minded that he could not understand how people could perceive the photograph the way they did. He says, if he could do it all over again he wouldn’t. Y’all go on ahead and laugh and then leave the man alone.
Check out Bishop Trotter’s Explanation.
I’d like to dedicate this praise dance to Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Holly Spirit Church
Are you buying it?