I had no idea who Bilal was when I clicked on the video. I do follow Loic Prigent because he does some insider videos of the collections and they are incredibly fun and informative. And then youtube, in its infinite wisdom and stalker-is nature suggested I watch the Courreges show with Bilal. And voila! I was hooked.
Bilal apparently took part of Eurovision and represented France in 2019. I'm isolated in America because American media is very self-contained and we seldom get news that are not related to whatever inane endeavor is that we are obsessing at a given moment. I had to google Bilal to understand what he was doing in Loic's video. He has more than half a million instagram followers.
I find this generation of social media savvy people really interesting, both for their absolute lack of inhibition and the easiness with which they share their -very curated- lives online with whomever is there to watch. I find that lack of boundaries both alluring and alarming. I could not help but think about the revenge porn story of Katie Hill and how the repug operatives basically shamed her into stepping down from her position.
I think that would not have happened to a man (double standards, am I right?) and also, eventually so many people will have all their lives uploaded to the ether that fewer people will care if there’s nude pictures of somebody with political ambitions. Well, unless they’re repugs, because the GOP knows no shame.