‘Authentic’ men and ‘angry’ women: Trump, reality TV, and gendered constructions of business and politics

Kelly, L. W. (2018) ‘Authentic’ men and ‘angry’ women: Trump, reality TV, and gendered constructions of business and politics. In: Happer, C., Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (eds.) Trump's Media War. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 87-99. ISBN 9783319390687 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94069-4_6)

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Following Donald Trump’s rise from NBC’s The Apprentice (2004–2015) to President of the United States (2017), this chapter revisits my work on the business entertainment format (Kelly and Boyle, Telev New Media 12(3):228–247, 2011; Boyle and Kelly, The television entrepreneurs: social change and public understanding of business. Routledge, London, 2012) to reflect on the relationship between reality television, (self)entrepreneurship, and politics. I begin with an overview of the ways in which reality TV has impacted representations of business and politics onscreen. I then examine gendered constructions of ‘authentic’ men and ‘angry’ women before highlighting how regular television exposure has been converted into broader political capital around the world. Despite Trump’s embrace of Twitter through his late-night tweets, this chapter argues for the continued centrality of television in shaping understandings of Trump and political culture within a ‘post-TV’ age.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kelly, Dr Lisa
Authors: Kelly, L. W.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:18 October 2018

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