A reader recently linked a video of Dilbert creator Scott Adams, watching the one of the presidential debates together with his girlfriend Kristina Basham (link). To me, the video is a PR disaster for Scott Adams, while he presumably thought he could show off how much of a bro he is by putting a video with his girl online.
You don’t have to watch the entire video. Audio is very muted, so it is primarily about the interaction between Scott Adams and Kristina Basham. A screenshot tells the whole tragedy:
Quite frankly, I had no idea that Kristina Basham was famous. It seems I’m really out of the loop and should work on my Instagram skills. Anyway, what do you think went through Scott Adams’ mind when he decided to make this video? I think it was probably this thought: “I’m going to show off my girlfriend to the world!”
The outcome, however, is a disaster. I have not watched the entire video. In fact, I only skipped around a little bit. However, it does not seem that they speak a single word to each other. Instead, Scott Adams is listening eagerly, and Kristina Basham would rather not be there.
There is absolutely no affection between those two. Their body language says it all: Scott Adams is leaning in, but Kristina Basham is turned away. She is not even looking at the screen. Take a look at the screen shot above again! It seems she feels so miserable that she trying hard not to cry. This is what a depressed person looks like. Of course we don’t know the context of this interaction. Maybe Scott Adams told her to not pay for her makeup if she doesn’t pose in front of the camera. It doesn’t matter as in any case he is showing the world that his girlfriend does not like him, at least in that particular instance. If he had some empathy, or just the slightest concern for how people would perceive him, assuming thoughts of that nature even occur to him, he would not have filmed that video.
Scott Adams is known to be a bit of an asshole, and an insecure one at that. Just recall him creating sock puppets that would congratulate him on his “genius-level intelligence”. Now we know that he either does not understand women as he is unable to read non-verbal cues, or he just does not care, and you don’t need to be a genius to figure that out.