Monday, January 21, 2013

On the fringe

It's not often an event catches all of us -- left, right, and center -- dumbfounded, off-guard. And ill-prepared to massage the implications into a philosophical, moral, and sociological context.

The only thing that doesn't surprise me is how this has ultimately turned into a battle of left versus right.

Yes, of course, I'm talking about Michelle Obama's bangs.

As a left-leaning pragmatist with libertarian tendencies, I believe this development, though startling, perhaps even shocking, is still a matter of personal choice, best decided by one's own conscience and forehead.

The knee-jerk and outraged response from those on the right results from a mixture of insecurity and fear; i.e., most of them are bald.

On the upside, since for two days straight the Obama bangs have trended #1 -10 on the newsgroups, and been covered, extensively, by Fox, NYT, WSJ, and USA Today, it proves, hearteningly, we as Americans share a common bond: priorities.

28 comments:

  1. When I first saw the profile of her new bangs I liked them.. Then they posted photos of her head on and I am probably in the minority- but I don't like them.. They hide her face.. In fact her layered bob w/the bangs looks more like a helmet... ok, u all can stop throwin' the tomatoes at me.. Its just how I see it... Her hair looks thicker and heavier... sorry to all the FLOTUS fans...I have bangs but I need them because as I was told the older we women get, our forehead seems to be more dominate.. Anyway that's my 2 cents which I am sure will be stomped on..

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  2. Now you've gotten me curious. I shall have to watch Fox today and hope the news cycle hasn't moved on to Mali.

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  3. KBF, you're a constant delight on this blog. If we get any tomatoes, I'll insist they travel in my direction. I'm making spaghetti.

    Georgia, I visited several Norwegian news sites because my cousin works for that company in Mali.

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  4. I didn't notice. What does that make me politically; a non-voter?

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  5. @Pasadena: It makes u an Independent!. *wink, wink*

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  6. "priorities" - so true. And, so typical of news coverage!!

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  7. Yes, priorities -- very well said! ;-)

    (I actually didn't notice; now I'll have to go check out the photos.)

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  8. I think we should be talking about the fabulous coat she wore to the inauguration.

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  9. It pains me, deeply, Petrea, that you think coats take precedent over bangs. I weep for our youth.

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  10. I also weep I didn't write "precedence."

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  11. Whenever I hear fringes described as 'bangs', I still laugh. I don't know why but I suspect it's for a juvenile reason...

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  12. I missed the whole inauguration biz, partly by choice. I missed the gala ball, or whatever it's called, entirely by choice.

    I wonder what either Obama could do that Republicans would approve of. What a farse.

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  13. I missed everything yesterday out of choice, so I have no idea what you're talking about.

    As to Banjo's comment, I wonder what any member of either party could do which would make the other party approve. Sad commentary, when I remember Tip O'Neill working with Reagan to get the country rolling again after Carter. Where are the adults when you need them?

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  14. I missed the party, too, Banjo and Marjie. My problem is that I read way too many newspapers online.

    Bandit, we'll wait.

    Shell, I wouldn't be at all surprised if I plucked that from a Jane Austen novel.

    Mz M and Bec, you suppose when we have a female president the press will dissect the First Gentleman's daring fashion choices?

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  15. I don't watch tv or read the newspaper, so I seem to be sadly behind with breaking news. This is distressing to me, as there are clearly earth shattering events occurring, of which I have no knowledge whatsoever and have to discover through second hand, word of mouth means. As someone who elected to grow her own bangs out last year, I'm sure I would have found the ongoing debate riveting.

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  16. I'm a bangs person, gotta have 'em, but they're tricky, very tricky. They have to be cut just right, and I think hers have too much of something, I think KBF mentioned helmetness.

    Still, they looked awesome when this happened:

    Epic Eye Roll

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  17. Remember when Geraldine Ferraro was on the ticket for VP of the US and the press seemed to focus on what she wore and that she baked pies?

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  18. I had no idea this was a thing.

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  19. Yes, Karin, so true about "priorities", but the media loves these "fait-divers"...

    I'm a fringes or bangs person since my youth... Enjoy your new hairstyle, Michelle!

    Love to see all the ceremonies of the Second Inauguration of Barack Obama, by CNN. Wonderful!

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  20. Jackie O. got as much attention for her style. I like Michelle O. regardless of what she wears, but I like that she has style.

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  21. Didn't watch the inauguration...but did see a pic or two of Ms. O and drew my own helmet conclusions...I thought Malia stole the show fashion wise!!!

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  22. Just read that Obama is being asked to resign over the Beyonce lip-synch scandal.

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  23. See what you miss, Carolynn?

    Ms M, I think the media walk of shame was the first-lady cookie bake-off.

    Paula, I only saw references to the eyeroll; perhaps I was too busy following Earl's scandal. Loose lips sync ... not ships. Damn, I can't close this one out.

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  24. I live in a bubble over here with the pitties and missed everything about the inauguration: the fringes/bangs, the eye roll, the fashion, the lip sync scandal. Clearly my priorities are out of whack.

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  25. I love the woman and couldn't tell you if she has bangs or no bangs... Of course my wife would say that I'm the same way about her.

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