I know that even in these tough economic times, it’s possible to see the opportunities for fun and games, and it would be good to seize on as many of those opportunities as possible. Some things, though, I fail to see as an appropriate means for fun and games. For example, an article called Who’s the White House’s Hottest. This offends me on a couple levels. On the one hand, it sounds so hip and cool to be objectifying men instead of the usual objectification of women. On the other hand, objectification is never cool, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, or whatever one’s particular fetish is.
On another level, a simultaneously deeper yet subtle level, it feels like we’re being encouraged to diminish the role of the White House, and of the people in the White House, at a time when the country is in a very real economic meltdown. It’s almost like someone is saying, “Don’t worry, it’ll all be ok…look how many hotties we have to take care of our problems.” And, if it takes longer than expected to put everything right again, well, at least we have something pretty to look at in the meantime. It’s furthering the stereotype that good-looking people are better, better at everything: better at their jobs, better at handling their personal lives, etc. I also don’t think it’s going to be very effective on the tens of thousand of people being laid off almost every week, on the middle class people who are going to soup kitchens for food, on folks who are trying to save their homes, or on those who might have give up a few necessities just to keep their heads above water. On the giggling few left over, it might work…but they are not going to be a majority by the time this year is finished and done.
I’m too much of a realist for pretty boy shows to do anything for me. An article shown further down the list at Huffington Post, Job Losses Show Breadth of Recession, holds more vital knowledge for us. And if you must ogle pictures of men in high places, then I recommend the slideshow called, The Men Who Made Millions as Merrill Lost Billions. I’ll warn you, it ain’t pretty. And those are just the guys of Merrill. Forget Lehman Brothers. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Forget Citibank. Forget AIG. Mmmm mmmmm mmmmmmmm, how’s that for hot, huh?