Sucking Up

Nov 30, 2017

At President Trump's first full cabinet meeting in June 2017, we watched with some amusement while each member expressed over-the-top gratitude for the president's giving them the privilege to serve him and/or the American people. 

Nobody likes a blatant suck-up. Television, film and literature do a great job of presenting an unambiguous picture of the suck-up. Think Smithers and Mr. Burns. 

In real life, we tend to notice the blatant stuff but not the nuance of sucking-up, including when we do it. That's right. We're all suck-ups sometimes. Other times, we confuse service with being servile.  When does a suck-up become a sycophant? It gets complicated.

Today, we take a closer look at what is sycophancy - and what is not. 

This show is the 16th show in our Radio for the Deaf series. Watch a simulcast of signers from Source Interpreting interpreting our radio broadcast in American Sign Language on Facebook Live. 


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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.