Sycophancy that!

[ by Charles Cameron – cross-posted from Zenpundit ]

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These are genuine images with genuine headlines — from Vogue on February 25, 2011 and from the BBC back in September, 1999. The articles’ respective texts are informative, too…

Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She’s a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her “the element of light in a country full of shadow zones.”

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has invented a sleek James Bond-style car, which Libya says is the safest vehicle on earth. … The interior is replete with air bags, an inbuilt electronic defence system, and a collapsible bumper which protects passengers in head-on collisions.

For an astounding tour of “the fashion industry’s faux pas on global issues,” see The Zoolander Effect in today’s Foreign Policy.

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4 Responses to Sycophancy that!

  1. hipbone says:

    I’ve fixed the link to Vogue — thanks, Bryan!

  2. librarybob1 says:

    I suppose one question might be … How eager is Vogue to expand its Mideast circulation? The upper classes have money to spend with the fashion houses.

  3. Charles Cameron says:

    I think it’s perfectly understandable that Vogue wanted to publish the article: banks accept money from dictators as well as democrats, after all. We live in a world where the measures of power and influence quite naturally feature different “stars” than the measures of virtue.

    Their timing was bad, though — they picked a moment when power and influence were changing hands, in a way that allowed virtue to seem important…

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