Monday, December 23, 2013
A few final thoughts on Pajama Boy
After all the fuss about this ad for Obamacare, I had to wonder if the guy who posed for this picture is somehow capitalizing off his newfound notoriety, perhaps using it to score more with women (or men). But when I Googled, "pajama boy model," nothing came up.
Much of the invective has been directed at the style of pajamas he was wearing, and the fact that he was holding his cocoa mug with two hands. And most of the commenters have gone on to express their disgust with Obama himself.
But I think much of the torrent of hatred that's been unleashed is due to this model's face. If he hadn't looked so insufferably self-satisfied, he wouldn't have incited nearly same reaction. (This is why so many described him as a "hipster;" only hipsters can look so pleased with themselves for absolutely no reason other than their "ironic" glasses.)
On top of that, the model is obviously a wimp. Had the ad featured a more masculine type with crewcut and rugged features who looked something like Evander Holyfield or Jason Statham, even in the same pose, it wouldn't have unleashed nearly the same amount of bile. Look at the model closely: there is not even the hint of a trapezius, deltoid or tricep showing through. (If there were, he probably wouldn't have needed both hands to hold up that cup.)
Note to White House PR staff: next time you do an ad like this, don't use a guy who looks like an Obama staffer and thinks he's the cat's onesies.
Addendum, 1/2/13: The model has been identified. His name is Ethan Krupp, and he describes himself as "a liberal fuck." He is yet one more piece of evidence for the inverse correlation between a white male's testosterone level and his liberalism.