First came First Lady Michelle Obama's "mid-life crisis bangs." Today, we're getting the first glimpse at her second-term official White House portrait, shot by Chuck Kennedy, featuring those much-discussed locks. It was only a matter of, well, minutes before we were tweeting/Facebooking/blogging about how she looks.
Because ... that's what we do in America. The country that's supposedly so advanced, except that we can't treat women in power with the respect they deserve. We can't resist an opportunity to regress to the superficial, and reduce a brilliant woman like Michelle Obama -- a Harvard-trained lawyer who is currently using her platform as FLOTUS to drive initiatives related to our nation's health and veterans -- to her hairdo and lipstick. What is this, the '50s? It's pathetic.
Here, a few of the ridiculous remarks already made about the FLOTUS's portrait, which of course have absolutely nothing to do with what Michelle Obama does and represents as First Lady ...
- "That center part makes her head look a tad butt-like. It's cool, though. We like butts. ... Her lipstick is pretty, but those eyebrows -- yikes." -New York Mag, which at least acknowledged they were offering a "purely superficial breakdown" of the portrait.
- "The bare-arm look of 2012 is a thing of the past -- but hopefully not a message from the halls of power that women need to start wearing sleeves in professional environments again, because we just got used to the whole 'Michelle Obama does it, so I can too' thing." -The Root. Wow. Are we really worried about bare arms in the workplace? Is that really our biggest fish to fry, ladies? Might I remind you: We don't get equal pay for equal work! AHH!
- "This time around Michelle covered up her infamous arms." -Glam.com. Enough about the arms!
- "Wedding ring, glossy pink lipstick, neutral nails: I am practically falling asleep but still, this is one for the literal history books." -TheFashionSpot.com, which gets a bit of a pass, because they blog about fashion and want to cover the news, but still ... it has me cringing about the history books being concerned only with Mrs. Obama's "neutral nails!"
- "It does not show her bangin’ arms, for one thing, and she is maybe a little overly made up and does not look as relaxed and happy as usual." -Wonkette.com, which also is built on tongue-in-cheek commentary, but ugh, we really do cluck our tongues when she doesn't look "relaxed and happy." Or when she reacts like a human being and not a Stepford wife. And that's just gotta stop.
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Are you also fed up with the constant focus on our FLOTUS's looks?
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