Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Taking Not Taking Hairdos Seriously Seriously



Oh! OK, I just get a wee bit defensive when snooty types on sites like Media Matters decry the crucially important task of making snide comments about politicians' hairdos. Just look at Eric Boehlert's latest thing about "the haircut beat", a phrase he seems to spit out through his lips like a maggot-infested watermelon seed.

I like you, Eric, but honey, you are SO confused! I mean, OMG, first he says that the press only talks about Democrats' coiffure woes, and then proceeds to list a litany of Republican follicular mishaps as reported in the press. WTF? Overall, he laments that so many people care about haircuts, and insists that they're unimportant, but then comes up with several case studies in which hair-driven excess is symptomatic of broader themes of extravagance, vanity, hypocrisy and out-of-touchedness -- all of which, in my book, make these cases worthy of attention. Like the attention paid by Eric Boehlert, for instance!

The great thing, though, is that Mr. Boehlert, in this nevertheless fun-filled article, uses the excuse of decrying hairdo issues as a springboard to discuss what he seems to feel are neglected hairdo issues.

Don't be afraid, Eric. You are the hairdo. I am the hairdo. We are ALL the hairdo. Embrace it.

3 comments:

sfmike said...

Great illustration for the essay and way to drag Miss Eric out of the hairdo closet. Isn't that always the way? Those heteros most obsessed with "gay" things, for instance, usually have, well, issues.

Lulu Maude said...

You are so right, Princess. The importance of hair can never be overstated. Examine the shampoo aisle: are not these potions fortified by food? herbs? proteins? the sap of sweet trees?

Our hair is better fed than most of the people of the world, and for good reason.

Christopher said...

hair-driven excess is symptomatic of broader themes of extravagance, vanity, hypocrisy and out-of-touchedness

in other words, it's a perfect metaphor for politicians! (a point that despite his words, Eric obviously understands. he's a closet hairdophile because he loves nattering on about media and politics!