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