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There was an intriguing ad on MSNBC's web site the other day. You hear about those "visual graphics tricks" that advertising people pull, and you have to figure this is just another example of it. I think it's one of those 'subliminal' things they talk about.
Which gender is this person?
Now, before you say 'guy', take a closer look. Guys don't usually wear frilly blouses with cute bows on the front and rounded collars, do they? And that hair looks kind of coifed for a guy, doesn't it? And do you see any chest hairs? Couldn't this just be a nice healthy German or Russian girl?
Or perhaps the ad agency is going for that 'artistic musician look', where it's okay for guys to wear sissy clothes as long as they're being musical about it?
But the fact that we're discussing it at all says something, doesn't it? It's still possible the question could go either way — if not both ways. Which gender IS this person??
Well, back to that "subliminal" stuff I was talking about:
In many cases I would agree, but in this case, the character is from a popular TV ad. He worked in a seafood restuarant and complained that this was the only job he could get, dressed as a pirate, because his credit sucked.
Well, that's an unexpected twist to the story. You mean this is a real guy, not just some model from an agency? Was he aware he was identifying himself with FreeCreditReport.com, one of the biggest scams on the Internet?
Of course, despite it being a real person, the point of the post holds true. That hair looks mighty coifed for a guy, and did they Photoshop out his chest hair? Whatever the background story, they sure found the right person.
Somewhere on the innertubes, there is a Photoshop demonstration where the artist takes a woman without makeup and turns into a gorgeous model, elderly man, little girl and a few other things. All from a base image.
Yes, he does know he is identified with freecreditreport.com, he actually sings their jingle in the commercial and there is a whole series of them. Freecreditreport.com is now running a promotion of local bands to create new jingles to replace this tired promotion, which has been around a good five years now.
I think you just implied that Canada is the most metrosexualized country in the world. :)
And 'Cripes Suzette' earns my "Clever Blog Title of the Week" award. Loved the rant about Facebook. Here's the solution. Simply go spend an hour reading YouTube comments. It'll make that Facebook crowd look like geniuses!
Great line. Like a lot of cases, it'd be fun to go back to the filming of 'Dirty Dancing', gather everybody around, and say, "In 20 years, one line from this movie is still going to reverberate throughout the culture. Any guesses?"
Dr. Merc ... Yes, the "girly man" [the Terminator's phrase] in the pic has a guy neck, but the usual way to tell a feminine-looking man from a masculine appearing woman, a prominent Adam's apple, is not in evidence in the picture. Harking back to the 1970s, as I'm well qualified to do, men's hairstyles made things difficult then too.
Maybe with the return of some of our military heroes from the sandbox, clean-shaven and short-haired as they are, maybe the hero look will come back into fashion. It's such a relief to see those clean-shaven faces smiling at us.