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?
I agree with you. I’d much rather see a person age naturally the to see someone like Nancy Pelosi who looks taxidermied.
Sheesh, her botox wore off.
Did you actually use the word "graceful" in connection with Hillary? Ick.
Rush has made fun of haggy, old feminists for as long as I’ve listened to him.
The reason for pointing out the wrinkled, old Hillary go, it is entertaining to compare photos of Hillary from a debate with the haggy photo. It shows how fake politicians are on the inside and outside. Everything is illusion. From the words they say before a camera to the image they portray, it is all a quest for power.
People would like Hillary better if she would get rid of the no wrinkle look and be who she is.
Now try imagining that without makeup.
>>>How does one grow old gracefully?????????
Sophia Lauren. http://www.sophialoren.com/
“Aging woman” is not the issue here, it’s UGLY aging woman...
Disregarding my contempt for Hillary, I say why should we hate looking at an aging woman any more than an aging man?
Many aging women are lovely to look at and they have the wisdom of the years compared to the silicone bimbos, lol.
Lets face it, IF YOU’RE LUCKY, YOU’RE GOING TO AGE!
This is likely the end for the hildabeast; nobody’s going to vote for somebody who doesn’t look like they have a shot at surviving the job. Somebody should be looking into the possibility that the general immunity these two have had to the American legal system might collapse along with the beast’s presidential aspirations.
Are you kidding? Compare her pictures from her youth or the early days in the White House. Several aspects of her face are not the same as then. She was out of sight for a few weeks several times during the nineties. It would be poetic justice if her facial surgery/botox wears off in the next few months.
I may have called Limbaugh a lot of things, but I NEVER implied he was an aging woman.
Margaret Thatcher never bothered me. Honestly, it’s not about the looks.
If you are speaking of whom I think you are, your opinion is worth less than nothing.
I would put up with a woman like Margaret Thatcher because, unlike Mrs. Clinton, she’s a lady.
That was uncalled-for. You just cost me a perfectly good dinner.
You really hit the nail on the head.
I work for a woman I jokingly call the "she-boss," but she has a heart of gold underneath her practical & businesslike exterior. If she decided to run for President, I'd vote for her in a minute. She is also 7 years older than Hillary, but looks younger.
It's Hillary's character, personality, & politics that leave me cold. Not any photo. Even one that is made to appear more flattering -- and boy, are her spin people desperate for those -- would do nothing for me.
Do believe you have pegged the gag a maggot willard!
> Sophia Lauren. http://www.sophialoren.com/
You have SO got that right!!
Now we know why Hillary does not allow eye contact.
She is not uniquely horrible in her appearance; she's sixty years old, and that's what sixty looks like.
The media are already at work spinning this. Tomorrow, it will be, Limbaugh calls Hillary an old lady.
The man really hates women.
But I love Rush so lets not go there.
On some level I understand what Rush is saying. but he’s just wrong.
Someone ask Rush the woman hater....does he think we don’t have grandmothers, Aunts, indeed our own parents, in our lives. In fact, we watch men grow older in the presidency and hey....
I mean...this is just too silly.
The reason Hillary looks so bad in that picture is sure, she is tired. God knows give the woman credit, she’s the one taking all the flak and she’s working like the dickens.
But that picture shows her with waaaaay more wrinkles than we’re used to on Hillary. It’s a shock. I don’t know if the woman’s just so perfectly made up those wrinkles are covered well or the Botox wore off.
But that face...it’s the face of an older woman. But hey, she does look WAY older than 60. I’ve seen plenty of 60 year old women with faces smoother than that.
But if a woman ages in front of us...like everyone ages in front of us...duh, I really think we can handle it.
Somebody tell Rush.
Not out HERE!!
We all grow old, get wrinkles. and sag in unattractive ways. Why do we ridicule Hillary for the same stuff that happens to all of us?
Probably because most of us have based our lives on other goals than the way we “appear”, for we have worked hard to develop valuable skills to meet the needs of others in our families and community. We understood early on that youthful looks and energies fade, but wisdom and life-skills can never be taken away.
Hillary’s problem is that she never figured out when she was young what skills she was called to perfect. Now she is stuck with only playing “Queen of The Hill”, and lacks any talent other than “image”.
I feel sorry for her . She has sold her soul for “fool’s gold”, and now is stuck with a phony husband, a daughter programmed to abandon her, much as she abandoned Chelsea when she was little, with not much except “fame and dollars in an off-shore bank account” to comfort her in her old age.
This will be her punishment.
Even if she gains the presidency, which I doubt she will, she will still be old and lonely. It is too late for her at this point, and I think it is beginning to dawn on her that seeking that brass ring gets you nothing more than a brass ring.
Therefore the sad and worn face. She will need more and more make-up to paste over her failure at mastering life’s true challenges, and these aren’t politics!
We should pray for her, for she is lost in “worldy” woods, determined to maunder on, and has lost her chance to go back for a “mulligan”.
The scary part for all of us is that she could do so much damage to the USA, in a desperate attempt to avoid facing the mess she has made of her life. Going for power is one way to avoid facing personal failure, and stomping on others is so easy a way to keep from facing the same.
Got to keep on “pretending” that it was all worth it, “you know”!
Please pray for her soul, that she gets a needed stomp-down in this election. Then she will have some time to reflect, to atone for her past cruelty to others, to re-consider her life priorities.
Making fun of her wrinkles is just a way of distancing ourselves from our fear of the damage she could do to us if elected. We wouldn’t make such fun of Margaret Thatcher, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Golda Meir,or Barbara Bush.
None of these women were unaffected by time’s passing, but they earned our respect, not because they aged perfectly, but because they aged well, with dignity, wisdom, and skill.
hillary doesn’t understand that it takes more than demanding the stage, and she is lost because she hasn’t earned the stage, and down deep, I think she knows this. She knows that she is ridiculed for not having earned anyone’s respect, and it eats away at her very soul.
Say it ain't so. I thought she was still pretty hot in her mid forties. I don't even want to see what she's done to her face if she's had a lift.
Yes. My wife in about 40 years...
I’m Hillary’s age. You can see me by clicking on my screen name. I haven’t had anything done....it’s not a closeup like Hillary’s, but you can tell my age, I think...
The thing that bothers me most about her is her voice is so hard. What woman wants that rough edge to her voice? It sounds Nurse Ratchedy, Ex-Wifey, or like The Woman Boss from Hell-y.
Think of Thatcher’s voice—elegant. Can anybody here imagine Hillary talking softly and with love in her voice? I can’t...not with anyone...
Like that Octopus-woman in the “Mermaid” cartoon...that’s exactly what she reminds me of...that song she sang was flat terrifying, and I’m a grown woman.
Hear! Hear! I've been kicking and screaming since about 20...
My grandaunt is 94 and looks younger than Hillary.
I almost admire HRC, she (obviously) has never had plastic surgery.
I hope she never holds another public office but I don’t think she’s necessarily an ugly woman “of a certain age”.
M*LF score of 6.
wow what a hottie! (the soldier, of course)
So THAT’S what gravitas looks like!
yeah a home made out of candy and cake and windows made out of sugar
Nibble, nibble, gnaw
Who is nibbling at my little house?
Here’s that song from Ursula, the Octopus, that reminds me of Hillary:
I admit that in the past I’ve been a nasty
They weren’t kidding when they called me, well, a witch
But you’ll find that nowadays
I’ve mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light and made a switch
And I fortunately know a little magic
It’s a talent that I always have possessed
And here lately, please don’t laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, lonely and depressed
Poor unfortunate souls,
This one longing to be thinner
That one wants to get the girl
And do I help them?
Those poor unfortunate souls
They come flocking to my cauldron
Crying, “Spells, Ursula please!”
And I help them?
Yes, I do
Now it’s happened once or twice
Someone couldn’t pay the price
And I’m afraid I had to rake ‘em ‘cross the coals
Yes, I’ve had the odd complaint
But on the whole I’ve been a saint
To those poor unfortunate souls
See, Hillary reminds me of that character-—and it WAS a cartoon, but that’s Hillary, she’s not real, she’s a caricature, and the cackle is pure Ursula...I’ve heard women giggle at many ages, and it’s cute—but who would cackle on purpose? Yet Hillary does....
unfortunately hillary has the wisdom of a 19 year old major in feminist studies.
But Paula Deen is a woman of real accomplishment, and there isn’t a mean bone in her body. She’s genuine. And smart. And a wonderful cook.
“Man! She’s only 60?”
Man! She’s a Man!
One quart low on the Botox.
If she accepted these looks and didn’t try mightily to look different on T.V or on the cover of her book, I would agree.
If she was growing old gracefully she would like the same all the time, including the book cover and she would have grey hair.She got caught and I think she must smoke.
The Botox had been keeping her looking ok. There is a doctor out there that will pay for this.
And what of Hillary’s handlers? How in the world did they let her be photographed like this?
Someone screwed up big time.