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Calling all REAL WOMEN…except most of them.

Update (6/29/10): Dove responded calling it an “unplanned gaffe.”  So, it doesn’t sound like the casting company was some kind of scam, it just sounds like this message wasn’t intended to get caught approved.

Wow, Dove really managed to piss me off this morning.

Perhaps you have seen those commercials where Dove touts real women with real bodies?  They have this great marketing campaign calling women to redefine “beauty in their own way.”  It’s a fantastic way to prey on women insecure with their own sense of self (hey, I’m one of them) so that they would buy your more socially responsible products.  Seriously, how many women look like Angeline Jolie?  Not that many…and they want to sell to way more people than that.  In fact, since 2004 Dove has put out advertisements, videos, workshops, sleepovers, and a play to expand their campaign.  The supposed point?  “Celebrate the natural physical variation embodied by all women and inspire them to have the confidence to be comfortable with themselves.”

Unless you want to be in one of their ads.  Check this out: Read more…

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Favorite Cover Songs

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

The other night, after I picked up my husband so we could carpool home together, I was excited to find the new Anberlin cover of the New Order song “True Faith” playing on the radio.  It’s one of the better covers I’ve heard in a while, and I had been wanting my dear hubbie to hear it as well.  He agreed that it was a pretty decent cover, which then prompted us into a discussion of what makes a good cover song.

The cover, or a new rendition of a song by a different artist, is pretty popular in modern music.  However, while it can be nice to hear artists sing other artists’ songs, I can’t say that I’m all that impressed with most covers.  A truly good cover transforms the previous song into a new one — and a good one, too!  You can certainly have a cover that sounds totally different but totally terrible, i.e., No Doubt’s version of “It’s My Life” or Jessica Simpson’s version of “Take My Breath Away” or Madonna’s “American Pie.”  Sometimes, the change can be achieved by just altering the tempo of a piece or having an amazing voice with a passion not heard before in that song.  I’m not saying that all covers need to transcend their originals such that the original fades out of memory and the cover becomes the de facto version of a song (best example: Diana Ross singing “You Can’t Hurry Love”).  But a really good cover needs to be a legitimate, positive evolution of that song.

So, I got to thinking — what were the best covers of my time?  I’m not even 30 yet, so I realize I’m using a small set of time, but it was fun nonetheless to sit down and really muse over it.  Here’s what I got: Read more…

Steve Doocy can’t read…

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment

…or he chooses to deliberately deceive his audience. Take your pick.

I am not a Fox News viewer. But if I were, I would be pretty darned pissed. In response to Obama’s recent criticism of Fox News, “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy decided he’d quote an article from Newsweek:

“And you know, it’s funny Dana, I didn’t do a thorough search, but I did do a little Google thing. The New York Times came out against it, The Nation refers to, says there’s a word for what the President and his aids are doing, and that’s ‘whining,’ and refers to the President as the ‘Whiner-in-Chief’; the Baltimore Sun thinks it’s stupid, and the Newsweek column said that it is essentually un-American.” Read more…