So George Lopez had Tim Gunn on his show earlier this week, and after a tiny bit of small talk, the two proceeded to hate on various women. First, he scolded women for showing too much skin (bet he hates New York’s topless law), then he poo pooed the fashion sense of the people on “The Jersey Shore” (no quarrels there, really). Lopez charmingly suggested women wear tight clothing because they think they’re thinner than they really are, and Gunn compared the process by which Snooki comes to feel comfortable in what she’s wearing to the process by which human noses get used to the smell of monkey feces. Ouch.
This is all fairly par for the course for someone whose job is literally to judge people’s fashion sense, but when he talked about Hillary Clinton, I began to see red. This is what he said:
She’s the secretary of state, she’s the former senator from New York, she’s the former first lady. Why must she dress that way? I think she’s confused about her gender. All these big baggy menswear tailored pantsuits. No, I’m really serious…If the pantsuit didn’t stop an inch above her ankle you could hide the cankle….I have great respect for her intellect and for her tenacity, and for what she does for our country in her governmental role. I just wish she could send a stronger message about American fashion.”
Um, isn’t that what we have Michelle Obama for? And why isn’t he criticizing any of Hillary’s male colleagues? I’m sure Hillary’s very sorry that in between flying all over the world trying to prevent global Armageddon from occurring, she doesn’t have time to solve the eternal paradox of how a politician can look pretty and feminine without being perceived as weak. You know what you can’t have after global Armageddon? Fashion. Or stores. Or eyes, if you’re really unlucky. If Hillary’s pantsuits help her appear more masculine and therefore more unfuckwithable to foreign leaders who hold retrograde beliefs equating femininity with weakness, we should all be begging her to keep wearing them.
Furthermore, as a gay and celibate man, Gunn’s exhibiting a disappointingly gender normative view of things. You cannot expect people to accept your non-normative sexuality, and then turn around and enforce rigid gender roles on others. That’s not how it works. It just goes to show you that just because someone’s a member of a sexual minority, doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t still hold many hetero- and/or gender normative viewpoints.
And the cankles thing was just a low blow. Not cool, Mr. Gunn. I thought you were classier than that.