Tuesday, September 28, 2004

LIFE IN PLASTIC'S FANTASTIC: What the hell has happened to Christina Aguilera's face? Looking at this shot of her turning up at, oh, somewhere, would you be able to have a stab at how old she is?

Without wanting to be too inappropriate, is anyone else having the caption "If JonBenet had lived" flashing into their mind?

And while her face looks hand-buffed by technicians, her interviews are starting to sound so samey as well, as Ananova's coverage of the Sun's exclusive shows - Britney's wedding was trashy, I'm so inspired by Marilyn Monroe, CTRL+ALT+DEL to reboot the interview. And what does this mean:

"I think everybody tries to jump on the bandwagon of marriage. If it's right for them, then it's right for them. But I'm not going to do it like that."

Eh? Everybody tries to jump on the bandwagon of marriage? What bandwagon is that, exactly? "Hey, hipsters, you need a set of towels and an excuse for a party? Why not get wed, it's what all the groovy kids are doing..."

Better get back onto your make-up, Christina - surely your image is something you know about?:

I like to play so this look probably won't stay forever. I like to evolve and try to encourage people to push boundaries and not to play it safe. I have been portrayed as bad but that was never really me. I think I am a good girl and always have been. I see my persona as one of a strong, aggressive female who had every right to be outspoken in her sexuality."

Right... you don't really know what you're doing, are you? How is one "outspoken in their sexuality", exactly? If you mean "dressing a bit slutty", surely that's a different thing?


W. Farm said...

Oy! You leave her alone. She can dress however she wants. (Please let her want more freedom...)

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Oh, certainly, she's more than welcome to dress however she likes - I don't really think "a bit slutty" is, of itself, a bad thing. I just wish she wouldn't try and pretend it's making some textual sexual political statement.

Jack said...

Well, it probably was for her - she was a bit of a late bloomer. She was child pop star, right? Being told what to do and how to do it, what to say and how to say it, how to look and dress and think etc ever since she was a lickle kiddie. I was a bit of a late starter meself, and I remember being under the impression that drinking whisky and growing my hair long was a revolutionary statement too...

By the way, the word 'slutty' has really obvious patriarchal and misogynist connotations. If you think there's nothing wrong with the way she WAS dressing, I suggest you consider your choice of words a little more carefully next time...

Amy said...

Um, yeah, I third the "why'd ya call Xtina a slut?" argument. It's still by definition a hypocritical word, laden with value judgements about female sexuality and the place of, virtue, etc...so usually it's only interpreted as pejorative, especially if it's a man using the term against a woman.

But I know you didn't mean it that way. :)

Anonymous said...

To be fair, I actually said "dressing a bit slutty" rather than actually calling her a slut - which I think is a fair summation of the Dirrty look, isn't it?

Interesting word "slut" all round - I guess it depends what sort of weight you want to put on it as to if it's a patriarchal judgement or not. There is - and perhaps this is for another time - always a problem in language describing highly-sexually charged images. What I was trying to get to the crux of was the gap between what she seems to think she's doing, and what a large proportion of the population seem to think she's doing.

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