By Ji Young Min, co-host of Inside the Ladies Locker Room
Our last episode we had two wonderful guests, an award winning film director Jesse Epstein and a model. Despite a little bit of a mishap with one of our guests, the show carried on. As I thought about a theme for this blog, once again it occurred to me who controls America. It is the rich. Money buys friends, influence; finances projects, employs people, commands attention, gives you a roof over your head, a set of wheels, and they say money doesn’t buy everything. Uncontrolled, money whets appetites, purchases child prostitutes, cons families into giving up their children in the name of money to pedophilia in places like Thailand. Money in the wrong hands colors justice, affects the outcome of events, skewing justice, tainting police officers and government officials whose job it is to patrol sex trafficking.
In America, we have corruption. But it is regulated by whistleblowers who are rewarded. The government in some instances awards whistleblowers millions of dollars to reward their coming forward to report an injustice. We even read of cases of sexual harassment with major award pay outs. Juries that award a woman for example who has been wronged in the workplace also sets a message that this type of sexual justice is not to be tolerated. The idea is that by rewarding someone by coming forward who rights a wrong or by condemning a workplace for creating a hostile work environment –we are somehow righting wrongs and setting an example for future generations and, perhaps, the world as many of these big million dollar pay out are publicized in the media (for example, a whistleblower who exposed a multi billion dollar fraud in the medicare ranks was awarded at least 10 million dollars which was covered on 60 minutes. Or what about the female broker who sued UBS and was awarded 30 million dollars and was covered on the front page of the financial times). Now – with the advent of 2007 and the real estate bubble, Ponzi schemes proliferated as the regulatory agency the SEC did little to police the likes of the Bernie Madoff’s. Now it seems that, with the uncovering of the one big Huckster Bernie Madoff in the ensuing meltdown of America and the bailing out of banks and the angry reactions from regular Americans, the SEC is finally unburing its head from the dirt and uncovering lots of Ponzi schemers.
So this brings me back to the original point of this blog…that money controls everything. Now those who lost everything with Madoff that have been forced onto welfare or to pick up entry level jobs which has been covered in the media—those who were once rich no longer exude the power nor the esteem they once had. When interviewed, those who lost everything or most in the stock fall show that they have lost their self esteem. They are exhibiting how money controls so much of our society. Money controls how we are perceived. If you try to convince me otherwise, nice try. I grew up seeing this.
This image certainly counter acts any good the other media images we publicize of rewarding whistleblowers or juries awarding harmed employees. Can you imagine what these disjointed images , can you imagine the kind of message this sends to our children? Money even controls churches. They are one of the richest institutuions in America. Point in fact: the Catholic Charities of America.
If I had to name one thing which rivals money: it would be the media and its images of beautiful women. That will be continued in the next blog as I explore how intoxicating images of thin, plastic surgeried women seeps into our souls and psyches and controls us as much if not more than money….