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[Updated] Sunday Humor: A Video Flashback on Style

Sunday, March 30, 2008 • 12:56 pm

[UPDATED: Sadly, it appears that it is necessary to explain the Main Thesis of this ad—other than Wendy’s desire to point out that they, unlike other fast-food establishments, believe in choices.  The subtle—and in my view, entirely accurate—point of the video statement is NOT that Russian women are dumpy, short-haired, non-stylish, unattractive, or older women.  Indeed, as we all know, the Russian woman is an mythical icon of beauty and mystery in literature and art, from Anna Karenina to James Bond movies.  No, the point of the video statement is that a Russian woman who is Soviet is unattractive—and that is because Soviet philosophy itself is unattractive, leading to various human behaviors.  Put the same Russian woman in a non-Soviet country with a different foundational worldview, and that Russian woman blooms.  So here’s a global point: philosophy and guiding worldview lead to all sorts of behaviors, styles, appearances, rhetoric, art, science, politics, family structures, haircuts, and numerous other choices.  And it has precisely nothing to do with hard-wired attributes, like color of hair or skin, nor does it have anything to do with beauty, whether natural or unnatural.]

While viewing a certain picture of, um, some Episcopalians . . . and noticing some unfortunate stylistic points regarding hair and clothing [if you view pics from Episcopal Life of various groups of Episcopalians, you’ll be able to notice some definite trends amongst Crunchy Episcopal Libs, which I will forbear from pointing out] . . . I could not help but flashing back to this ad, which is, shall we say, appropriate for any number of news spin efforts and various gatherings in the Episcopal church.

I won’t say more—to point to any specific pictures would be cruel and unusual punishment.

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I remember seeing that commercial back in the 1980s…I laughed out loud then, just like I did today.  Thanks, Sarah.

[1] Posted by Jeffersonian on 03-30-2008 at 01:22 PM • top

Why don’t you just post a a photo of yourself under the caption “I am younger, blonder and thinner than them—and my hair is longer, too.”

[2] Posted by Deja Vu on 03-30-2008 at 01:35 PM • top

Deja—I’m unsure what on earth your adjectives in your comment have to do with the video, nor with actual reality.  Not to mention that it is personally addressed and thus violates the rules of this blog.

Although I may be younger [a rather relative term] I think that under no stretch of the imagination could one describe me as blond, nor is weight at all unrelative.

Your comment is off-topic, personal, and entirely misses the point of the video.  Further comments along those lines will be deleted.

[3] Posted by Sarah on 03-30-2008 at 01:43 PM • top

Perhaps Deja’s babuska was on the plump side? My babuska looked like this.  (Just kidding but had to throw in a tennis reference for Sarah.)

[4] Posted by robroy on 03-30-2008 at 06:52 PM • top

The devil cannot bear scorn. I credit this commercial with the demise of the Soviet Union. This commercial and Reagan.

(I thought it was a great ad. I think the Doomsday Clock was set to something like two minutes to midnight when this came out.)

[5] Posted by robertf on 03-30-2008 at 07:52 PM • top

Blue Man Group, Bill Clinton, and now this video of Episcopalians in San Joaquin.  When are you going to post the Fitna video for comments both pithy and trenchant?

[6] Posted by Chazaq on 03-30-2008 at 08:20 PM • top

Hopefully under the off-topic radar: Chazaq, the fitna video is available at Billy Ockham’s blogspot. Really an amazing work…But really no more than a compilation of video shorts that you could find at CNN. Why aren’t they venting their spleen at CNN?

[7] Posted by robroy on 03-30-2008 at 08:42 PM • top

The problem with Fitna is that it’s being put up and then taken down with great rapidity. Boy, it’s sure stirred the ignorant and idiotic up something fierce. I’m not real sure my link is valid anymore.

[8] Posted by Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) on 03-30-2008 at 08:47 PM • top

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