Describing herself as a “skinny white muzungu (foreigner) with long angel hair”, Scottish actress Louise Linton was “vigorously disputed” by the locals she claimed to have saved.
The phrase was written in Linton’s 2016 memoir about her “surprisingly harrowing gap year in peaceful Zambia,” explains Quartz.
Titled “In Congo’s Shadow: One girl’s perilous journey to the heart of Africa,” it was ridiculed by Zambians, Africans and the literary world for doing what many white foreigners do best – relying on untruths and cliches.
Of course, she was immediately compared to the at-the-time trending satirical Instagram account, “Barbie Savior” [sic]:
Although the book has since been withdrawn from Amazon, the hashtag #LintonLies didn’t completely ruin Linton’s career.
Little over a year later and Linton wed US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, 54, this past weekend.
A former hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs alumnus, Mnuchin is worth $300 million (R3.8 billion).
Can you even:
Of course you can, it’s the Trump administration after all, which means there’s a whole lot of nepotism involved:
Aside from upsetting an entire nation and a large part of the continent, Linton, 36, is also known for her roles in movies like Rules Don’t Apply (co-produced by Mnuchin) and the odd episode of CSI New York and Cold Case as well as an enviable diamond collection. She was recently appointed CEO of the Dune Entertainment Company, a position previously held by her new husband.
And people still believe in meritocracy. Pffft.