Monday, March 06, 2006

The skinny on the Oscars

Yes, I watched the Oscars last night, at least intermittently, although I probably wouldn't have if I hadn't been invited to a party where Oscar-watching was the stated activity.

And I just need to say this: what's up with the starvation thing? The women in Hollywood have always been pretty slim, but this is getting ridiculous. For the most part, they looked ghastly and skeletal.

And what's with the rags, and the bows on the shoulder the size of mini-me?

And please, olive green doesn't suit hardly anybody, especially for evening wear.

My favorite blog remark on the proceedings was this one:

Manolo loves the Dolly Parton! Even if she is slowly being carved into the simalacrum of Joan Rivers.

Dolly, you've jumped the shark, I'm afraid. Please eat something, and stay away from Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon.

20 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, March 06, 2006, Anonymous bob said...

Yes, neo, finally you say something I can agree with.

 
At 7:44 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

The higher the level of the wealth, the more degradation in physical attributes.

It's a pretty much 1 to 1 proportional ratio.

Juliet on Fox had a segment about Oscars watching parties. In which they these little tote bags and gift bags, the best times to go to the bathroom... and etc.

And what is with the women on Fox News, whenever they get a compliment they tend to shrug it off and make excuses. Juliet did it and the former host for her show did it as well.

 
At 7:57 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger James Manning said...

Dolly was looking rather skinny.

 
At 11:34 PM, March 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dolly Parton will live on forever, simply because she's been the only female celebrity who has successfully combined a wholesome image with absolutely ginormous tits. Even though they would hang down to her ankles now if she ever removed her industrial-strength bra, guys will still say they have the hots for her, because it's really the only way to say "I like women with big boobs" that is even close to being socially acceptable.

Seriously, how else can you say that? The only other celebrites with breasts that big work in the porn industry (or are men like Michael Moore... God help you if you have the hots for him).

 
At 11:40 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

That's a low blow against Michael. It's even lower than mentioning Kennedy's assassination accomplishments.

 
At 4:13 AM, March 07, 2006, Blogger camojack said...

I'm in the Screen Actors Guild, but I never watch any awards shows. Just a bunch of whores congratulating each other, IMO.

 
At 7:19 AM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Goesh said...

Sorry, I didn't view the event at all - did some reading, spent some time with one of the granddaughters.

 
At 7:59 AM, March 07, 2006, Blogger SteveR said...

I have tried to declare my house an award-show-free-zone, but the rest of my family won't comply.

Don't these people get paid enough for what they do? Why do they have to give each other awards? Or at least, why is it a given that we have to watch.

As for the emaciated women - it's all Twiggy's fault. Before Twiggy, female actors could look like they had a female form. My wife and I were shocked when we watched "Dr. No" (1962) recently - Ursula Andress had big pulkes, hips, etc - and she looked fabulous!

 
At 12:12 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger neo-neocon said...

stever: IMHO, Ursula Andress in "Dr. No" was what Bo Derek in "10" was trying, and failing, to achieve.

 
At 1:33 PM, March 07, 2006, Anonymous kung fu said...

Stever,

Wrong on the Twiggy comment. Have you seen any Claudet Colbert films? Been watching Barbara Stanwyk lately, as well. Couple of skinny ladies from the '30's. Still, they were great movie stars.

 
At 1:49 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger neo-neocon said...

kung fu: and both Hepburns, Katherine and Audrey.

But they were the exception, not the rule. And I believe that both were just naturally thin, not anorexic. Their thinness never changed, but today you can see stars becoming ever thinner and thinner, even as you watch.

 
At 2:03 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Steve said...

I think it is fairly indisputable that the model for beauty is now tall and thin, and has been for awhile. Of course, men like breasts but, if they are natural, they are usually going to come in a plump package.

There are a few actresses who in fact fit that model, such as Salma Hayek, Drew Barrymore, and some others. But you will also notice they don't get as many big parts.

I don't know the cause of this changed perception of what's good looking. I do know that looking at Police Gazettes from the 1880's that the former model of feminine beauty was short, brunette and with an hourglass figure. IOW, it hasn't always been the case that full-figured women of low stature were considered un-beautiful.

 
At 6:40 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

I'd like women to have some upper musculature, you know. Paris Hilton looks like she would break if she ever was grabbed a bit hard.

I'm a Roman at heart. Gravitas. I value strength over beauty. Function over form.

If you have a form fit for the function, and a beauty in synch with your strength, then you'd be like the Sr-71 Black Bird. Beautiful, yet fast and lethal and able to accomplish its mission.

Straggly women, with no mental acuity nor philosophical understanding, with no inner fire or outer endurance, looks to me about as appealing as French 500 dollar a dish dinners with the extra extra small servings. It may have been served for the purpose of looking good, but for me, a large tender steak looks just as salivating and far more filling.

 
At 7:44 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Steve said...

>>If you have a form fit for the function, and a beauty in synch with your strength, then you'd be like the Sr-71 Black Bird. Beautiful, yet fast and lethal and able to accomplish its mission.<<

I agree 100%.

Beauty in the Academy Awards sense is the most over-rated attribute of a woman. The only real purpose for it is to attract male attention anyway, and while it will get you in the door you can compensate in so many ways, with the eyes, a nice smile, personality, comradeship, and above all, a willingness to work hard. Those are the things that really count, long term.

Sorry for being such a sexist.

 
At 10:11 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Assistant Village Idiot said...

There is a rule of thumb for female singers as well. The worse your voice, the more clothes you have to take off to stay famous. So those who started with little clothing ar age 18 don't have much room left in their uh, "careers."

Don't bother me with exceptions -- of course thre are. And yes, I know it's unfair. I can't fix that, I merely observe.

As to the Oscars, I think the American pool of watchers is shrinking. I haven't seen it for years, but I sense the conversation about it over the last few years is becoming more inbred.

 
At 5:33 PM, March 08, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Did you see what Simon said about a female blond singer, that she was a minx. Then the blond says "what is a minx". And it got just even more hilarious after that.

They ran the clip on dayside with Juliet.

 
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