Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Quite possibly the stupidest thing...

...written or said by someone who has felt compelled to mention Hurricane Katrina in an entirely inappropriate forum in the past week.

"Play It Straight

By PIA CATTON
September 6, 2005

After a catastrophic event like Hurricane Katrina, it feels indulgent to mull over questions of style. How can we bear to ask ourselves what we'll be wearing this fall? What will emerge at Olympus Fashion Week? Just be thankful that you have clothes - and a closet to put them in.

That very thought process, I suspect, will wind up informing the clothing choices and trends that emerge this fall. After the chaos on the Gulf Coast, it's time for order in the world: modesty, linear shapes, and direct, womanly style. Up until last week, this fall could have been dominated by any number of the looks featured in the fall fashion magazines. But something has to guide your hand when you put together outfits or shop for new pieces. Something in the zeitgeist leads us to certain styles and away from others."

Yes, you can't make this stuff up.

I haven't read anything this asinine since Los Angeles gossip columnist Ted Casablanca bleated following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, "How I envy people who have vocations that don't require them to directly comment on the tragic past week. (A maƮtre d's chores or a sex columnist's office duties have never looked so appealing.)"

ronnie

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good, comment spam.

Nothing could be as stupid as Barbara Bush's inane comments

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Carl Fink said...

I am NOT anonymous! It was me, Carl Fink, who posted about Barbara Bush. Stupid software.

7:56 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

I deleted the comment spam, Carl - or maybe you just imagined it (oooh-eeeeh-oooooh...)

Isn't comment spam just the lowest, scum-suckingest kind of spam? "Hi, I see your blog is about the grief of [insert intensely personal subject matter here]. Keep up the good work, and click here - you can win an iPod!"

You're right. Barbara Bush's inane comments hit a rare high note in stupidity. Even for that family.

But at least someone was asking for her opinion - on Katrina. What amazes me about people like Pia Catton or Ted Casablanca is that it takes a special kind of stupid to make a really offensive, stupid comment about something that is so far removed from the inanity of the subject matter that you are paid to write about that you should Leave. It. Alone.

ronnie

9:27 PM  
Blogger Brent McKee said...

Ronnie, if you want to beat the comment spam, turn on Word Verification in the Settings|Comments tab for your blog on the Blogger Dashboard. Lots of people have and it seems to cut down. Alternately you could use Haloscan like I do. I haven't had any comment spam yet, and I also have trackback.

There have beenplenty of stupid comments to go around, like the one from the head of FEMA who said that no one imagined that the storm was going to get that bad, or the one from the head of FEMA when he said that the papers were saying that the government was doing a good job. Then again before he was the head of FEMA this guy's idea of Emergency Relief was allowing his Arabian Horse to stop to urinate. Political appointment from the very beginning.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Cousin Shan said...

I don't even know where to begin... I'm outraged at the whole scene. I've been practically glued to my radio listening to horror story after horror story, stupid government comment after stupid government comment, since the storm.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Yvonne - in Ottawa - Squirrels, born free, seeking nuts OUTSIDE said...

And the article winds up with "As the season unfolds, other forces may shift the changing winds of fashion." Egad.

5:21 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Yvonne writes: And the article winds up with "As the season unfolds, other forces may shift the changing winds of fashion." Egad.

Oy! Yvonne! Good catch!

ronnie

9:31 PM  

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