February 13, 2009

I'm Asian and Michelle Obama's Vogue-ing, but where are the Whites?

As the economy continues to crumble and people receive pink slips at their jobs, fashionistas continue to strut their style...and speaking of vouge-ing, the big talk of town is Michelle Obama's Voque cover, which is pretty harmless per se. Don't get me wrong. I love clothes. But I just think that it's a pretty awkward time to be overtly fashion focus (unless you're in the business of selling clothes to keep yourself and others employed, of course) when most people are worried about how to cover their next month's rent. (By the way, did you hear that stamps are going up two more cents by May? While this piece of info may not affect you at all, it may be bothersome to others who still prefer snail mail. And just when gas prices are creeping up again too. I just wonder how long it will take for New York to follow suit and hike its toll from the $8 current rate. Other travel fees such as the subway, light rail, and tolls continue to follow suit of course, in case you haven't noticed.)

While a first lady ought to present herself well in all aspects, and indeed in her appearance, it's much more graceful to apply tact and show America that she commiserates with its current state. One could hardly show that kind of empathy when one of the first things in the agenda is to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. Again, I don't mean to offend, as I also occasionally flip through the pages of fashion mags. It's just that given our nation's economic condition, it seems so ungraceful, so insensitive, so wrong for our first lady to be so vocally candid about her fashion style during these difficult times in our nation. Besides, doesn't one's style exude anyway, without the need for announcement; leave the loud announcements to Hollywood. When you zoom out and see the little things under you in light of the bigger picture, the frills just seem so pointless against our most basic needs, like food, shelter, employment. (By the way, I had just picked up a nice pair of black, strappy, spring/summer platform sandals for $14.99. Yes, I did and am quite happy about it, as it is very rare for me to find nice and comfy sandals that fit well. And I'm not the first lady.) All that aside, something else struck me in the Michelle Obama interview. Here's an excerpt from AOL's news headline:

On entertaining in the White House: "We want entertaining in the White House to feel like America, that we are reminded of all the many facets of our culture. The Latino community, the Asian-American community, the African-American community.…Hip-hop, spoken word—we want to bring the youth in, for them to hear their voices in this."

Where is the mention of the White community? (By the way, I'm Asian.) Oh, I have to buy the magazine to see that it probably follows the ellipsis, perhaps between the African-American community and Hip-hop. Hey, be nice. Again, I just noticed. It's quite obvious, unless some serious typo was committed.

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