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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 06:10 AM

Mnuchin's Wife Stirred Controversy Before, with Memoir of her Living Nightmare in Africa

Before Louise Linton’s bizarre Instagram exchange Monday and before her lavish June wedding to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the wealthy Scottish actress wrote a memoir about her gap year in Zambia in the late 1990s.

Linton’s book, “In Congo’s Shadow,” described how, as an 18-year-old, she “abandoned her privileged life in Scotland” in 1999 to live in Zambia for six months, a period that she described as “a living nightmare.” She wrote about becoming a “central character” in the “horror story” of Congolese war of the late 1990s, terrified of what the rebels across the border might do to the “skinny white muzungu with long angel hair.” (Muzungu is a Bantu term often used to refer to wealthy white people.)

She added: “Now that I’m a grown woman living in California and pursuing a very different dream — as an actress and film producer — I know that the skinny white girl once so incongruous in Africa still lives on inside me. Even in this world where I’m supposed to belong, I still sometimes feel out of place. Whenever that happens, though, I try to remember a smiling gap-toothed child with HIV whose greatest joy was to sit on my lap and drink from a bottle of Coca-Cola.”

The memoir, a 290-page account written with Wendy Holden, included what many Zambians characterized as cliches and misrepresentations of Africa. Linton wrote of the “inky blackness deep in the Zambian bush” and the “brutal tales of rape and murder.”

“Child soldiers in Zambia? Rebels violently crossing over into Zambian borders? Those are such shocking allegations that any Zambian will tell you did not happen,” she says. “She mixes Zambia, Congo and Rwanda so many times leading to the generalization of Africa as ‘one big country’ — something we have been trying to fight for a while now,” Ngoma said.

“She paints herself as a ‘savior’ in her memoir while the rest of the characters are either racists, or ignorant creatures.”



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Reply Mnuchin's Wife Stirred Controversy Before, with Memoir of her Living Nightmare in Africa (Original post)
JI7 Aug 2017 OP
Marcuse Aug 2017 #1
Ilsa Aug 2017 #2
Ilsa Aug 2017 #3
get the red out Aug 2017 #4
democratisphere Aug 2017 #5
benld74 Aug 2017 #6
obamanut2012 Aug 2017 #7
JI7 Aug 2017 #10
Johonny Aug 2017 #8
Roland99 Aug 2017 #9
Solly Mack Aug 2017 #11
Skittles Aug 2017 #12

Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 06:15 AM

1. She should have checked with her husband before posting.

He says they are hurting financially and badly need a tax cut. She may have to sell off some of her swag.

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 06:21 AM

2. I'd like to laugh at your sarcasm, but it

would be such a bitter laugh that it would harm my psyche more than help it. There is staggering, overwhelming truth in your reply.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 06:25 AM

3. If Linton wanted to do some good in the world,

she should have kept her vapid opinions to herself instead of seeking personal glory.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 07:33 AM

4. She is an irritating trophy

But she has a rough job, being married to Steve Mnuchin. Makes me appreciate my standard 8 to 5 gig.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 07:38 AM

5. Guess every so-called "trophy" has their price.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 07:49 AM

6. Wonder what the prenup states?

And how her statement about that will read?

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 07:54 AM

7. Zambia has never had a post-colonial civil war or genocide

It is considered the most stable of all the ex-colonial African countries.

I remember Jezebel covering this racist self-published fauxmemoir. It was so so racist and fake, the Zambian government literally released an official statement saying how fake and racist it was.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 25, 2017, 12:50 AM

10. there is a lot of ignorance about africa, we saw this during the ebola outbreak

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 09:07 AM

8. I'm glad when people made for each other, find each other. If two people in the world deserved each

other, it is these two people.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 09:12 AM

9. A real-life living cliche

Oh how she would have fit in with European colonial times

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Fri Aug 25, 2017, 12:59 AM

11. Ick.

She's icky.

Just.plain.icky.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Fri Aug 25, 2017, 01:49 AM

12. she is disgusting

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