Um. No comment on the outfit. (Although Alice Olins at the UK’s Times Online has a ton to say.)
(T)he appliquéd tunic has the air of Malia or Sasha’s art class about it and sure, it does nothing for her hips – all that extra fluff and detail around the middle adds bulk to her usually smooth lines. But when did looking trim become part of a visit to Westminster Abbey?
But while some may be riled up about the … err … colorfulness of this outfit, do you want to know what’s really pissing me off?
More on what’s pissing me off after the jump!
Trend that is annoying me: I realize that this is just fodder for people who despise the Obamas, but it really annoys the crap out of me when some bloggers or FOX News, in this case, single out one photograph of the First Lady not smiling and pour all over it like nutjobs to ascertain what bitchery this could mean. There was one picture of Michelle appearing to glare at Carla Bruni during the D-Day ceremony out of the millions of pictures of them smiling that everyone has obsessed over. And I’ve had to read ridiculous criticisms from FOX doing caption contests that lead to racist and sexist comments to celeb blogger Sandra Rose chastising the First Lady for not smiling more (what is the woman supposed to do? Tattoo a grin on her face?) to even the Huffington Post getting in on the cattiness. What the hell, people? Michelle Obama smiles all the freakin’ time. It is not humanly possible to smile in EVERY. DAMN. PHOTO. It is ridiculous to sit there and scrutinize the one effing photo where she is not smiling.
I mean, this is how the majority of the press pictures of her in Europe have looked.
Quelle horror! With the smiling and the waving and the general niceties! Sacre bleu! Who does this woman think she is? The wife of some kind of head of state? Doesn’t she know that no matter how pleasant she is people are going to find the one frowny photo in the photo array and pour over it meticulously and hold it up as proof that black women are mean, mean, mean? Or more importantly, that THIS PARTICULAR BLACK WOMAN is mean, mean, mean?
I mean, this stereotype pisses me off personally because myself, my sisters and my mom, as well as many of my friends and relatives HAPPEN to be black women. And we HAPPEN to not be loud, mammy harridans screaming at people, frowning all the time. Quite a few of us are pleasant, intelligent Southern ladies (like my Arkansas born mother and cousins). Others of us are brainy, plucky Midwesterners (like myself and my sisters). What the hell is WRONG with people?
I get that they don’t like Michelle. Don’t find her attractive. Whatever. But geez Louise. Flipping out over one frowny photo is maddening to me.
Shut up, blogs!*
*That aren’t mine or ones that I like!