"There is a photo of her in which she's been caught in a pose that has come to be code-named 'Deep Throat'. ... Perhaps
she's trying to imitate Janet Leigh’s scream in the shower during the murder
scene from the movie Psycho, or check the mirror to compare the lovely
affect of her white teeth against her white pearl necklace?"
If you like Sarah Palin,
you'll love her new 41-year-old protégé Christine O’Donnell. She's the Tea Party
candidate for the Senate seat in Delaware, who during the mid-term primary
election managed to shunt aside veteran Republican Mike Castle. The Tea Party
is not an association of green tea drinkers, but an ultraconservative movement that
emerged in 2009 to fight Obama’s economic reforms and reform of the U.S.
Miss O’Donnell, who is very religious
(she attends the evangelical church), has so far mobilized the bulk of her
energy on defending sexual abstinence, condemning both abortion (including in
cases of incest and rape) and masturbation. And she denounces the evil effects
of the moral revolution of the 1970s that have largely contributed to the
spread of the AIDS epidemic.
There is a photo of her in which she's been caught in a pose that has
come to be code-named “Deep Throat" [photo on top of page]. In refined
circles, it's not in good taste to exhibit ones' uvula or glottis [photo right]
like that, offered from the perspective of the observer, who, unfortunately, is
out of the field of site, making it impossible to describe their expression (amused
“Beautiful performance, Miss. But who taught you to do that?” the
voiceover on a soundtrack might say, while in the next shot, a huge phallic
anaconda would suddenly emerge to fill her little greedy mouth to the limit of
her oral capacity. Perhaps she's trying to imitate Janet Leigh’s scream in the
shower during the murder scene from the movie Psycho, or check the
mirror to compare the lovely affect of her white teeth against her white pearl
necklace? One can also imagine that she lied about her age and that, born in
1936, she underwent a radical facelift allowing her to erase the ravages of
time - but only after having to pay the (heavy) price of being unable to completely
close her mouth.
The picture is somewhat
painful, evoking Verdurin's jaw breaking for "laughing
too much” in the film Swann
in Love, or some shrill performance of an opera singer in a modern staging
of The Magic Flute,
with Papageno in the background wearing a T-shirt.
If you type the name
Christine O’Donnell into Google images, you’ll notice a number of photographers
have immortalized her in this unflattering pose, others have framed her
cheekbones and her face, showing her giving the thumbs up for victory. In
fact, several newspapers on their sites inserted an identical pose showing the
passionflower of the Tea Party “joking with one of her supporters while waiting
to be interviewed,” last Tuesday, the night of the celebration that came after
the results were announced.
So, contrary to what one
might think, if we stop allowing our imaginations to run away with ourselves,
the news photo is misleading, because the candidate didn't let out a cry of joy
upon learning the results, but as a friendly aside, she overplayed being madly
and crazily excited, almost queer, such that she looks like the actress in a
sitcom looking to connive with the audience to get them to laugh at precisely the
moment of the punch line and before the credits roll. In this, she fits in perfectly
with the society of spectacle as it unfolds through “LOL” photos globalized by
Facebook or YouTube, where making faces for a gallery has now been established
as an impeccable lesson in behavior.
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