“For many foodies in contemporary America, of course, the past has no pitfalls. For them, yesteryear is a land where everyone grew up instinctively knowing the difference between ‘real’ and ‘fake’ food—wisdom we seem to have lost. Recently this attitude has crystallized in a popular axiom echoed from the pages of Pollan’s FOOD RULES to the set of OPRAH: If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.
“It’s a simple, homey rule with immediate nostalgic appeal. I can even look past its questionable cultural assumptions. (My great-grandmother wouldn’t have recognized many of my favorite Ethiopian, Thai, and Mexican dishes as human food.) But, as I dug into the history of battles over bread, I realized that this whole nostalgic perspective had a bigger problem: What if Great-Grandmother was just as conflicted about food as we are?”
Aaron Bobrow-Strain, “What Would Great-Grandma Eat?”
Yes, they probably were talking about dicks, but I thought it was pretty easy to read an implict comment about weight and body size here. As the BRIDESMAIDS cast shorts awards bit started, the camera was catching the whole group from a high angle to the side of the stage. When Wiig started in with her “they say size doesn’t matter” intro, the camera was on the group, and McCarthy was still in the shot, close to the camera. I was confused at first, I thought, “Are they really doing this?”, until Rudolph went on about length, but then Wiig went on to talk about “heft”, and things got a little more ambivalent again. Anyway, I like to think that the BRIDESMAIDS group was giving a wink to body size; if not, I’ll still take it.
This is the kind of work that first made me fall in love with Cultural Studies. An Etsy post pointed me to the PBS stream. This would make such a fantastic fiction feature. I’m picturing Julianne Moore as Brownie Wise. Maybe Joan Allen? If you’re interested in more info, Elayne Rapping also has an essay on “Tupperware and Women” in her collection MEDIA-TIONS: FORAYS INTO THE CULTURE AND GENDER WARS.
This COLBERT REPORT “Wheat Thins Sponsortunity” segment would be a great example to pair with Roland Barthes’ “The Rhetoric of the Image”.
Current trailer for Byron Hurt’s upcoming doc SOUL FOOD JUNKIES, to air on PBS’ Independent Lens series 2012-2013
It’s not from Grimes’ new album Visions, but it’s hard not to keep it on repeat.
I have two observations. First, it might be the GLEE dress style, but note how the BRIDESMAIDS subjects have firmer bodily margins than their high-school age counterparts. Secondly and relatedly, the comparison between Amber Riley and Melissa McCarthy makes McCarthy’s photoshopping that much more obvious.