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?
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.