Skip to comments.Does Our Looks-Obsessed Culture Want to Stare at an Aging Woman? (Rush)
Posted on 12/17/2007 4:15:46 PM PST by RDTF
RUSH: Now, this theory of mine based on this Drudge picture of Mrs. Clinton, with the headline: "The Toll of a Campaign." Now, it could well be that that's a sympathy photo, too, to make people feel sorry for how tough the campaign trail is. Now, I want to preface this by saying I know it's going to get out there. Media Matters is going to get hold of this and they're going to take it all out of context. We can expect that. It's a badge of honor when this happens, but for the rest of you, I want you to understand that I am talking about the evolution of American culture here, and not so much Mrs. Clinton. It could be anybody, and it is really not very complicated. Americans are addicted to physical perfection, thanks to Hollywood and thanks to television. We know it because we see it. We see everybody and their uncle in gyms. We see people starving themselves. We see people taking every miracle fad drug there is to lose weight. We see guys trying to get six-pack abs. We have women starving themselves trying to get into size zero and size one clothes; makeovers, facials, plastic surgery, everybody in the world does Botox, and this affects men, too. As you know, the haughty John Kerry Botoxed his wrinkles out during the campaign.
There is this thing in this country that, as you age -- and this is particularly, you know, women are hardest hit on this, and particularly in Hollywood -- America loses interest in you, and we know this is true because we constantly hear from aging actresses, who lament that they can't get decent roles anymore, other than in supporting roles that will not lead to any direct impact, yay or nay, in the box office. While Hollywood box-office receipts may be stagnant, none of that changes the fact that this is a country obsessed with appearance. It's a country obsessed with looks. The number of people in public life who appear on television or on the big screen, who are content to be who they are, you can probably count on one hand. Everybody's trying to make themselves look different -- and in that situation, in that case, they think they're making themselves look better. It's just the way our culture has evolved. It's the way the country is. It's like almost an addiction that some people have to what I call the perfection that Hollywood presents of successful, beautiful, fun-loving people. So the question is this: Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?
After seeing the former beauty Cheryl Tiegs on some show last night with the most horrific face lift, I’d rather watch a woman grow old naturally. At least we won’t see Hillary’s hair turn gray.
Would you want to stare at Helen Thomas for 4 straight years?
My mother is 74 and Hillary looks older than she does.
No Helen Thomas pics!
Looks like needs a nicely crocheted shall, a crackling fire, a few grand babies and to stay home for ever.
I 2nd the motion by my FReeper colleague from the great state of Oregon!
I’m not even going to answer the question for you, just want you to think about this. The campaign is Mitt Romney versus Hillary Clinton in our quest in this country for visual perfection, hmm?
We may be in a looks obsessed culture, but we are also in a culture that really likes to (rightfully) take down people who are exalted as being outwardly perfect. Just look at TMZ. I don’t think Romney’s plastic ken doll look will help him much against the melting glacier.
A thread’s worth of brutal comments on this pic can be found here:
Caption CHILLARY in New Hampshire
Oh my goodness, she looks absolutely HORRIBLE!
When Rush went on commercial break before saying what he thought about Hitlery’s pic I thought to myself....DON’T SAY IT, DON’T DO IT RUSH! I knew instantly the mediaWHORES were going to pick up the comment and twist around. Rush’s comment will probably make the rounds tomorrow...bank on it! They are so hoping for another Michael Fox moment real bad! I think Rush just handed the SHE-DEVIL the victim card!
well you know what they say... all is fair in love and politics
Mostly I don’t want to listen to her!
Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir were something less than glamorous but I would rate them above the vast majority of men in leadership roles. My dislike of Hillary has nothing to do with her appearance.
Looks should not be an issue in politics. Unfortunately it is, and men (Lieberman, McCain, Kucinich etc) are not exempt.
Just mentioning Helen Thomas is trouble. /laff
Christ. The fact that this is even being asked speaks volumes about this country.
All right, get out your flame-throwers, but I actually admire her for growing old gracefully in today’s society. And I think this pic is going to do for her what Cary Grant’s shove in the face did for the failing career of the until-then-unloveable Katherine Hepburn. Strange analogy, I know, but I think the pic has the same humanizing effect.
The reason the picture’s so striking is because there aren’t others like it out there, so far as I know. So she’s been doing a good job of hiding the wrinkles. By the time she does get older we’ll have gotten used to her aging, just as we do to other politicians. I don’t like the woman, but Rush is being silly here. The implication is that we wouldn’t put up with another woman candidate, someone like Margaret Thatcher, say, because of her looks and her aging, and that just won’t fly.
That is okay, the more it is written and talked about, the picture will be shown with it:)
Not every voter reads Drudge and FR.
There are corporates who’d probably spend the night with her and Ahmadigenocide to keep freight fuel prices down.
The Democrats picked Jon Carry last time cause he “looked” Presidential
“I actually admire her for growing old gracefully in todays society?”
There is absolutely nothing to admire about this rapist enabling crooked woman who married a three-time draft dodging criminal who disgraced the highest office in America!
“Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.”
How does one grow old gracefully?????????
Do they make enough Botox to fix that ???
No, this particular witch deserves a prison cell, but what she deserves and what she gets will be two different thingys.
How can we tell now-a-days? LOL!!!!
She may be growing older, but so are we all. She can’t help that. But she can help having the attitude of a spoiled little girl. She’s a socialist Veruca Salt.
Hillie makes the Breck Girl look like a piker.
anyway, "aging" meaning what?....growing older like we all are doing?.....
I am totally, emphatically, pathologically against Hitlery, but her age has nothing to do with it....
look, we saw a young and vigorous conservative man become an idiot and a socialist in 8 yrs, we certainly could handle a woman aging...
nice front crowns
I agree, Rush has misfired here. The photo in question just makes her look mature and serious, it does her no harm. If she wants to be elected she needs to convince people she is the next Thatcher, or the next Golda Meir, someone who can be trusted at the helm of a country at war.
She is not that person, but she needs to be seen as that person, so the photo is actually a boon if anything.
Unless something in someone’s appearance is indicative of their underlying character, its usually better not to bother criticizing it, unless you’re a satirist in which case most anything goes. And there is an element of that in anything Rush does, I realize.
I was just thinking the same thing. She looks a little like an aunt of mine, who has since passed away, but she was nearly 90 and her complexion looked like that.
She’s got that Arlen Specter grin going on.
That's not it.
Hillary is the nag at every party, telling everyone not to drink too much, eat too much, or tell that sort of joke, even though it isn't her party and no one is absolutely sure who invited her.
Hillary is the crazy mom none of the other moms like who drones on about how great her kid is, even though she really isn't. She doesn't fit in, and she knows she doesn't fit in, and she tried to force the issue by being bossy, but that only makes it worse.
Hillary is the woman everyone knows is being cheated on by her lying scoundrel of a husband, but she doesn't have any close girlfriends to tell her and no body else likes her enough to tell her, either.
Hillary is that girl that your mom made you invite to your birthday party, even though you didn't want to, because you knew she was going to ruins everything trying to boss all the other kids around
She's the person you will be sorry having pity on, because she's too obtuse to ever go away.
Hillary is the woman no woman wants to be, and no man wants to be tied to, lest anyone think he can't do better.
That's who Hillary is.
One of the truly beautiful women of our time.
It's not the years, it's the mileage.
I think they miscalculated there. Kerry just looks goofy. Not that I condone it, I have no doubt looks played a role in that election. Bush looked and still looks more presidential.
So ... then your saying ... you like her appearance?