On Uma's Face, Helen's Commercial, and Annie's Wise Words

how popular culture is becoming incredibly reductive to women

On Uma's Face, Helen's Commercial, and Annie's Wise Words

Uma Thurman was trending in the media this week. Did she make a heated or political statement? Did she engage in some important philanthropic work? Was she nominated for an award for a powerful performance?

Nope to all of the above. She simply left her house looking different

Cue plastic surgery speculation. Cue makeup mavens. Cue who the hell cares. We do, apparently, otherwise none of those clicks would have happened. Thurman would have simply been photographed at an event like any other film event. But sadly, that's not how it went down.
(And right now I'd like to imagine Uma and Rene Zellweger huddled together over a cup of chai, commiserating over having their faces dissected by persons who should know better.)
When I wrote about Zellweger's "transformation" last year, I was stunned at how some readers misinterpreted the point of my post -many couldn't help themselves from weighing in on whether she looked better, worse; others made crude comparisons and insults regarding her appearance. 

Why we have license to comment on a celebrity's looks is an anathema. Annie Lennox said it best in this quote from Purple Clover:

"There's this youth culture that is really, really powerful and really, really strong, but what it does is it really discards people once they reach a certain age. I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting—women, especially—when they reach my age. We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style. I just find that so shallow."

If Hollywood has an obsession with youth and beauty, then we are to blame because as media gluttons, we eat it up. We feed the beast.
And ads like the one featuring Helen Mirren do little to help the cause. Don't get me wrong, Mirren looks fantastic. Yet in the L'Oreal commercial she's acting all cougar-like, donning a leather jacket and eyeing up a very young man. This approach to ageing is antithetical to Lennox's message.
Why the desperate need to rally against ageing? Why the tireless fight against wrinkles, greys, and age spots?

Getting older isn't about letting yourself go. As commenter Tina Nigh-Johnson points out, it's about owning who you are, as you are.
I hope to always own who I am, though how that (and I) look will inevitably change with the turning seasons and passing decades. For Annie's sake, let's stop being so shallow.

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Jack White and the Leaked To-Die-For Guacamole Recipe

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Jack White and the Leaked To-Die-For Guacamole Recipe

When you think of diva-like behaviour, Jack White may not be the first celebrity that comes to mind. But the rocker of White Stripes fame was none too pleased when his crew's list of needs, known as a "rider," was leaked prior to a recent campus performance.

In addition to the $80,000 charge, the University of Oklahoma was presented with a strange slew of demands for White and his 30-person strong troupe, which included an outright ban on bananas (“This is a banana-free tour.”)

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Is it possible that someone in the White entourage is highly allergic to bananas? Does White himself have a phobia of yellow, crescent-shaped fruit? It's an enigma, folks. 

In addition to the banana ban, the rider specified very explicit dietary requirements, ranging from a New York strip steak, cooked medium, to “freshly sliced, high-quality prosciutto and aged salami with a sharp knife.” 

But the most attention-grabbing clause was the inclusion of a particular guacamole recipe, which has since gone viral. In a statement, White's management company, Monotone Inc., deemed the breach of private information unfortunate, unprofessional, and unwelcoming.

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Although I was secretly hoping it was a White family recipe, it's unlikely that the guac specification even came from the frontman himself. Still, foodies will want to take note of the inclusion of the pits and the surface coating of lime juice—to keep the guacamole from browning. The Haas avocados must be cut in half the long way with a butter knife, with 3-4 slits down and 3-4 slits across. And the recipe came with serious warnings about consistency and timing ("We'd love to have it around 5pm.")

While we mere mortals may laugh, how many celebrities would be embarrassed if their entourage's demands were made public? Maybe that would bring a few divas back down to earth.

You tell me: What's the most demanding or diva-like behaviour you've heard from a celeb?

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Is this Tim Hortons Owner a Double-Double Jerk?

Tim Hortons Faces Boycott After Cruel Act Against Homeless

Is this Tim Hortons Owner a Double-Double Jerk?

Talk about adding insult to injury. Being homeless is unfathomable, especially during the long northern winter. So it was an un-Canadian gesture from a quintessential Canadian company when a Tim Hortons owner threw a bucket of water on the homeless outside a Vancouver store.

At the time of the incident, Grant Faithful, his dog, and another man were sleeping outside of Timmies. They weren't disturbing anyone, not panhandling, when the franchise owner came up with a callous way to get the men to move. The owner obviously didn't like the look of them outside his storefront, and perhaps saw their presence as off-putting to customers. 

That's no reason to eschew your compassion and humanity.

The incident sparked outrage on social media, with users on Twitter and Facebook calling for a boycott of Tim's.

The public outpouring of support meant a lot to Faithful, yet he hasn't heard a peep from the company. Though it has issued the standard "regretful" statement, Tim's officials haven't yet met with the man and refused to do so publicly. Instead, it has vowed to make a  “meaningful donation” to a local Salvation Army shelter, ostensibly buying its way out of a bad PR situation.

One store does not make a brand, and clearly owners alone are responsible for the image they convey to the public. Sadly the face of this particular Timmies is neither friendly nor welcoming, but it wouldn't be fair to tarnish Tim's as a whole.

“Unfortunately, we have to sleep outside, we have to deal with a lot of stuff and that is just one of the everyday things that we go through,” said Faithful.

Homelessness isn't a straightforward problem with a straightforward solution. There are so many stories behind each person who lives on the streets, and we'd do well to bear this in mind every time we see someone with an empty cup in hand. 

You tell me: have we been desensitized to homelessness?