A friend sent me this LGF link about Rachael Ray in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial. The bubbly Ms. Ray is swathed in that symbol of Palestinian resistance, the keffiyeh. A bunch of right wing bloggers are picking this up because of the symbolism, but I would like to point out that there is a different angle to this story, one that is even more compelling than the association of this checkered cloth with the odious Yasser Arafat and thousands of murdering, exploding Arabs. That would be the aesthetics. It looks like a vat of rice noodles threw up on her.
In the always-fun comment thread in the LGF post, someone mentions that Florence King wrote about Rachael Ray a while back, and indeed, I found the article entitled "Our Last Nerve." It is a lovely piece of writing. The title refers to the bane of modern life: the pervasiveness in the media of people who are truly annoying. As Ms. King puts it,
Among the intimacies that used to be saved for marriage were the words, "If you do that one more time I'll scream." Nerve-wracking, however, is not what it used to be. Our era of over-exposed celebrities has turned us into molar-grinding practitioners of promiscuous irritation aimed at people we don't even know.
She then give some examples, not only of Ms. Ray's bounty of quirks, tics, and foibles that annoy, but also of the social phenom of creating a group whose common thread is the annoyance with Ms. Ray. Let's face it: many of us are really annoyed with the fact that mediocrity can acheive celebrity and the big bucks. That annoyance is the mortar that binds.
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