Sunday, February 25, 2007
Overused words
If I hear the ABC pre-show hosts use the words "icon" or "iconic" one more time, I'll have to throw a small but heavy religious figure at them.
Agreed COMPLETELY. It would be nice, just for a change, for commentators/hosts to be chosen who could actually provide some nuance to the Oscars, which has become as predictable and tedious as most Hollywood films. There are films worth talking about, though, in this year's nominee lineup -- why not talk about the themes, characters, and issues of the films rather than the designers, jewelers, plastic surgeons, and stylists of the stars? U.S. Americans who have been cooed into consumerist submission by the marketers who exploit the beautiful people to sell us everything under the sun (including an idea of how we should look, how thin we should be, how we should adopt children, and what we should have nipped or tucked this year) could use a little real-world dialogue. This year's nominees are rife with excellent topics: globalization and the complexities of immigration issues that continue to privilege white upperclass and render non-citizens as expendible ("Babel"), trying to keep contemporary families together amidst immense pressures to be beautiful and succeed ("Little Miss Sunshine"), or how the continent of Africa continues to be exploited by neocolonialists (read: multinational and transnational corporations) supported by the neoconservatives (Bushies) in international relations ("Blood Diamond")... I could go on. Instead, we get meaningless chat about butt-lift falsies and "iconic" everybody. How about Terry Gross interviewing stars on the red carpet? Or Moe Rocca? I'm going to wait (and it won't be any great loss) to know about the winners until morning. (sigh) Call me a crank, I don't care.
Absolutely hilarious and I concur wholeheartedly!
Amen brother!
I wrote the word "iconic" down on a piece of paper during the Oscars because I was hearing it so much that I thought perhaps I had misunderstood it's meaning and wanted to look it up this morning. The E channel had a segment where they showed a celeb from the past and others were to choose whether that person's look was "iconic" or not. Arghghghghhg. Much overused. One dictionary gives the meaning as usually relating to busts and statues. ummm .... now that's ironic iconic. ?
Would that the word awesome could be stricken from use as well.
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