There’s a set of expectations we have when it comes to the leisure activities in which our leaders participate in the United States. But those expectations aren’t the same around the globe, especially as world leaders get younger, and often represent a generation that’s all about sharing who they are and what they’re doing via social media.
Two such leaders recently found national spotlight for what they were doing outside of their political office, including Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin, who went viral for dancing at a nightclub.
Alyssa Rosenberg wrote about this in an article for the Washington Post titled, “Forget Hot Girl Summer. It’s Hot Prime Minister Summer.” She argues that Marin’s situation was met with unnecessarily negative feedback, and she spoke with CultureShift about how gender, age and nationality played a role in these criticisms.
“It would make a lot of sense that at some point, you’re going to see a president who really wants to see Beyoncé on tour or who likes partying with glowsticks or playing pickleball or whatever it is that people who are not 60 do in their free time. And that’s gonna look different to people.” – Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post
Listen: As millennials age into political office, what they do in their free time could break American expectations.
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