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Sycophancy that!


These are genuine images with genuine headlines — from Vogue on February 25, 2011 and from the BBC back in September, 1999. The articles’ respective texts are informative, too…

Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She’s a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her “the element of light in a country full of shadow zones.”

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has invented a sleek James Bond-style car, which Libya says is the safest vehicle on earth. … The interior is replete with air bags, an inbuilt electronic defence system, and a collapsible bumper which protects passengers in head-on collisions.

For an astounding tour of “the fashion industry’s faux pas on global issues,” see The Zoolander Effect in today’s Foreign Policy.

4 Responses to “Sycophancy that!”

  1. onparkstreet Says:

    The Vogue article (and its bad taste) were discussed at the Foreign Policy website and the comments to it were, er, well….
    Basically, if you are remotely fashionable you get a pass for anything. The commenters were all: How dare you criticize her! She’s fierce! She’s fashionable! She runs charities!
    She’s fabulous!
    It was weird. I think some people are so terribly ignorant of the systems they observe that any criticism seems like Mean-Girls.
    I used to read Vogue with regularity. Okay, I’d look at the photos of the clothes and ignore the articles.
    Speaking of which, the fall fashion shows have some fabulous clothes this season. NYT was all over one of the shows – the colors are teal, peacock, cherry, and a sort of deep vivid brown.
    Very important information for zenpundit fans.
    – Madhu

  2. Charles Cameron Says:

    Hi Madhu:
    I’ll be in teal and peacock, then.
    Dior apparently just fired John Galliano for his anti-Semitic, pro-Hitler remarks.

  3. Joseph Fouche Says:

    If it came down to snappy dressing, the Nazis would have won WWII.

  4. zen Says:

    They sure knew how to throw a parade.

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