August 29, 2016

"Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts..."

"... not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing."

MEANWHILE: As long as we're talking about the VMAs and not covering up, did you see this?

53 comments:

MayBee said...

She can do whatever she wants as long as we don't have to go through the long, national exercise of celebrating her.

Tommy Duncan said...

What is a "VMA"?

gadfly said...

What is a Catfish Nev?

Fernandinande said...

What is an Alicia Keys?

rhhardin said...

Women look better without makeup.

David said...

Taking on the big issues that can change the world for the better.

mockturtle said...

No idea who she is but when I hear the term 'emotional growth', it's time to turn the page.

boycat said...

Millennials are just so avante garde and edgy.

n.n said...

It's not "cover up" per se, but rather dress up. It's fun.

EDH said...

Alicia Keys is prone to break outs. She's even done a Proactiv ad.

It must be a frustrating cycle when the make-up used to cover-up causes even more problems.

Good for her.

traditionalguy said...

Most painted women look better than scrubbed women with their hair in a bun. But that fox in Witness had it going.

wildswan said...

No more cover-up - Alicia Keys, Anthony Wiener

Full metal jacket cover-up - Hillary isn't doing any events through the whole of September till the debate.

R.J. Chatt said...

When the "left" is so vocal and uniformly dedicated to defending the right of (Muslim) women to wear what they want, i.e., the burka, the burkina, the hijab, etc., I am grateful that some on the left ("alt-left?") are championing the real cause for freedom, for women to not cover up. No one has mentioned this. Is this because the point has been missed or because it's so obvious?

Mac McConnell said...

Alicia Keys is a class act, besides being beautiful with or without makeup.

buwaya said...

Don't care for makeup, so good for her, and I love pregnant women.
Women are most beautiful when pregnant.
That outfit is a little much though.
I am sure it isn't his idea.

buwaya said...

"What is a Catfish Nev?"

I have no idea either and it probably wouldn't do us any good to find out.

Unknown said...

Reminds me a bit of the old line J. Golden Kimball is reputed to have said. When visiting a town and giving a talk, he is quoted as "I congratulate you people on all the bright, new paint on your buildings. Some of you women could use a new coat of paint yourselves!"

Of course, it was a non politically correct time.

Then again, considering what Ann Coulter just went through at the hands of the "tolerant, feminist, women are great and how dare you demean them!" left, I must conclude that so-called "Political Correctness" is only ever required of the right. Leftists can say whatever they want. Our hostess would not let even Lazlo get away with the language the left uses about Coulter.

--Vance

Char Char Binks said...

If the barn door needs paint, paint it.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Funny thing. Having since the very young beginnings of my taking notice of the peculiar gravitational attractions of certain humans lacking a Y chromosome, I had very much come to think of myself as a man firmly committed to the natural look.

And yet, in recent years, mired in the thick mud of middle age and declining rapidly, and very, very married to a good woman who epitomizes the simple virtues of candor in physical presentation, I have noticed that more and more these days I have been popping a boner over women wearing lots and lots and lots of makeup.

And so, a casual hypothesis has been one of my boon mental companions of late: Is it because a face full of makeup means that I might have happy sex with the vagina, and happy sex with the vagina more or less alone, filling in the blanks of the exterior human relationship as I may, the only limitations being those of my imagination?

Somewhat sadly, no research will ever be conducted in this area, whatsoever.

Paddy O said...

I like that Keys evokes a lot of celebration of ignorance in the comments section. People are tired of hiding!

SukieTawdry said...

Personal choice. I love those with/without makeup side-by-side shots. What a difference it can make. I myself am beige and without a little color, I tend to disappear. I seldom leave home without it, but I don't consider it hiding.

Temujin said...

I had to google 'VMA'.

dbp said...

I googled up some images of Ms. Keyes: She is prettier with makeup. This makes sense, if the stuff didn't work, it wouldn't be the (I presume) multi-billion Dollar industry it is.

That said: She is already famous and will remain famous even if she never wears makeup again. It is kind of like how some people let themselves go a bit when they have a steady boy/girl friend or get married. A lot of unnecessary work that can now be dispensed with.

mockturtle said...

The trick is to wear just enough to enhance but not enough to look obvious.

Bob Boyd said...

"...did you see this?"

Fuck it. I'm wearing shorts.

Laslo Spatula said...

Really?

Althouse missed the OBVIOUS Bob Dylan / Alicia Keys Connection?

"So what is it like to have the legendary Bob Dylan name-check you in one of his songs? According to R&B superstar Alicia Keys, it is an honor …and just a little bit odd as well.
The song in question, ‘Thunder On The Mountain’, was featured on Dylan’s 2006 record ‘Modern Times.’ In the song, Dylan sings “I was thinkin’ ’bout Alicia Keys, couldn’t keep from crying / But she was born in Hell’s Kitchen, I was living down the line / I’m wondering where in the world Alicia Keys could be / I been looking for her even clear through Tennessee.”
It was Keys’ record label mate John Mayer that initially told her about the song.
“He texted me saying, ‘You’re never gonna believe this…Bob Dylan wrote a song about you.’ It’s a mind-blower and an honor. And then another part of me is wondering what he was thinking,” Keys tells Mojo magazine.
“Maybe he read something about me and it said when I was born and he got to thinking where he was in his life back then,” she continues. “I’m not sure what line he was living down then, but I know he knows, and he knows what it all means.”
The media-shy Dylan hasn’t exactly been quick to clarify exactly how or why Keys became such a central part of ‘Thunder On The Mountain’. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he told the magazine that after having been on a Grammy Awards show with Keys, he reportedly told himself ‘There’s nothing about that girl I don’t like.'”
Being a Dylan fan, Keys was humbled with his paying homage to her. She even covered his 1980 song ‘Pressing On’ (from ‘Saved’) for a music documentary.
“I’m glad I’m in Bob Dylan’s songbook…I hope to meet him one day.”

I am Laslo.

Molly said...

Joan Baez. Judy Collins. Joni Mitchell. Carole King. Grace Slick.

Make-up??

Mac McConnell said...

While I prefer the natural look, makeup can improve some women's looks if use sparingly. Or in large amounts in the Grifter's case, to see her without makeup cannot be erased from one's mind. But, it does work, most don't realize Elizabeth Taylor had freckles. I like brunettes with freckles.

MayBee said...

Isn't hiding your thoughts kind of what society is built on?

Imagine if you never hid any of your own thoughts.

MikeD said...

Who cares? Just more meaningless "virtue signaling"! See whiners QB for the ultimate signal! He's going to sit on the bench until we fall in line with his fantasy.

mockturtle said...

Isn't hiding your thoughts kind of what society is built on?

Imagine if you never hid any of your own thoughts.


Good point, MayBee. I was once commenting to someone how polite people are in the South. She replied, Yes, but it's not sincere. I said, Maybe not but it's still nice.

My mother used to tell us that politeness is like an oil that lubricates society's motor. If we didn't use it, there would be too much friction.

Of course, the most careful teachings of my childhood fly out the window on a blog....

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Laslo Spatula said...

"My mother used to tell us that politeness is like an oil that lubricates society's motor."

I remember when my Mother taught me the importance of Lube.

I am Laslo.

buwaya said...

"Imagine if you never hid any of your own thoughts."

This would soon take care of any surplus of young men, and probably resolve all the trouble with dysgenics.

khesanh0802 said...

The preggy picture just proves once again that good taste and judgement do not reside n Hollywood.

Sebastian said...

Let's-not-hide is usually an anti-social power play. Sartre and Beauvoir tried it, wasn't pretty. The CCP tried it, let a hundred flowers bloom and all that, wasn't pretty.

EMD said...

Millennials are just so avante garde and edgy.

Alicia Keys is 35 years old. Is that a millennial?

EMD said...

The preggy picture just proves once again that good taste and judgement do not reside n Hollywood.


Speaking of made up, that belly looks fake.

Mac McConnell said...

Were Carlos Danger and Colin Kaepernick separated at birth?

buwaya puti said...

This is a good thing, in spite of appearances.
Of course nobody involved has any taste, but look beyond that.
If that young woman can make pregnancy popular among her generation, thats all to the good. I am not going to quibble about how she does it.

William said...

I don't think it takes any great reserve of courage for a young attractive woman to go without make up. This is comparable to Martin Luther nailing a thesis proclaiming Papal infallibility on the Cathedral door.

Fernandinande said...

William said...
Martin Luther nailing a thesis


It was actually a prosthesis.

mockturtle said...

..or maybe a synthesis.

Hunter said...

EMD said...
Alicia Keys is 35 years old. Is that a millennial?

As a 35-year-old: No. Missed it by a year, supposedly. Although I have always thought of "millennials" as starting around 1988.

I (and Alicia Keys, I suppose) don't really belong to a named generation. Gen-X is typically older. I don't think you can be Gen-X if you don't remember stuff from the early 80s.

Brian McKim & Traci Skene said...

I thought she was leading up to "Not my circus, not my monkeys."

On the handful of occasions where I accidentally stumble onto a performance by Alicia Keys, I was startled by just how untalented (or marginally talented) she seemed. When I see such a performer, I immediately wonder, "Who is behind this? What high-powered agency or uncle or parent of a college roommate managed to package this and muster the power to ram it down our throats on multiple occasions?" Her performance at the DNC (which I only watched out of the corner of my eye, but the audio of which will haunt me forever) was the kind of display which is usually followed by a press release mentioning "rehab," "intervention" or "coroner."

Alex said...

Great the entire entertainment industry is going whole-hog for black lives matter. Do you think Taylor Swift is suicidal enough to endorse it?

Alex said...

Eric - TMI.

Biff said...

I dimly recall her saying that a while back that the Islamic faith of her husband at least partially influenced her decision to lose the makeup.

FWIW, I like a few of her songs, and I like the look. It's such a refreshing change from the tackiness of so many of her peers.

Brando said...

I wish we weren't talking about the VMAs--if there ever was a sham it was that. An award show given for a medium no one watches on a channel that long ago abandoned the concept of music videos, constantly hijacked by attention whores creating staged controversies just so they'd be talked about later. Does anyone think for a minute that Kanye's stunt with Taylor Swift wasn't staged? If it was really spontaneous he would have been tackled by security before he could have gotten up on the stage.

The sooner we heave a collective yawn and ignore this farce the better.

kristinintexas said...

Hunter, I'm 35 too, stuck in the crack between Gen X and Millenials. This article, The Oregon Trail Generation, makes some really interesting points about our little micro-generation. Here's another good one.

pdug said...

I dislike the guy's metal choke collar more than the woman's un-dress.

JCC said...

So, make-up as a metaphor for being close-minded, or something...OK. Is there an implicit criticism of the other "stars" for continuing to hide their true persona?

Antyony Weiner is (justifiably) excoriated for sending photos his persona hither and yon. Why we treat the nearly nude pregnant lady differently, I'm not sure, but she looks very pretty - if somewhat inappropriate - in that photo. She and Anthony are both seeking something with their revelations, but I guess she wants some publicity while he wants some self-gratification, which is weird.

By the way, who the hell is Catfish Nev? The pregnant girl is only known because of her connection to Catfish, but who is he? I Googled the name and learned...nothing that meant anything to me.

Darrell said...

If it was really spontaneous he would have been tackled by security before he could have gotten up on the stage

Nah. He's Kanye. The security guards want to work for his team. Taylor is gracious by nature--if the reports are accurate--but she really didn't have any choice but to let him speak. And smile. Kanye privilege.