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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.


Spychiatrist said...

Craig, I have to think that this was a carefully crafted ad for the socialists in our government. I can't imagine them putting out something as silly as this without really thinking about the implications. The question is: What are they trying to relate to the us?

I have lot's of ideas that are purely based on conjecture, but suffice is to say that this is one of the queerest things that I've seen in a long while. Talking about being effeminate?

I can't stand looking at that guy, I almost hate him and I don't even know him for goodness sake.

Guess I hate what I perceive he stands for? Faggish, effeminate, sissy men. The kind that wouldn't defend an elderly lady from an attacker. The kind that thinks he can skid by through life with a smirk and a credit card.

I hate that wimp!

John Craig said...

Spychiatrist --
I have to admit, even though I was using the third person and talking about the bile he unleashed in others, I reacted pretty much the same way. I know it's unfair, you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover and all that, but just looking at that guy's picture makes me feel spiteful.

bluffcreek1967 said...

I was repulsed by 'Pajama Boy' because of the entire package in which he was portrayed: The geeky glasses, the smug, self-satisifed look on his face, the skinny almost-girlish figure of his, the gay pajamas, his cross-legged way of sitting, and the way he holds his cup as if the little weakling required both hands just to secure it. All of it together presented a picture of everything I hate to see in young men.

The strange thing is that those who designed this Obamacare ad apparently thought it would have a widespread appeal. Is this really what they think of young American males?

At any rate, I was thrilled that it was so widely ridiculed and was another of many public-relations disasters connected to Obama's healthcare efforts.

Glen Filthie said...

Unfortunately that fella is the poster boy for the Obamunist Man. Real men probably would prefer 4 fingers of hard whiskey straight up when they consider health care these days.

One of my favourite blogs (besides this one) is Die! The author there is a talented pundit AND a song writer! This one is dedicated to hipsters and sung to the tune of Billy Joel's 'Piano Man'!

The Casio Man

It’s 9am on a Wednesday
Emaciated Ethan sleeps in
There’s a tattooed Megan laying next to him
Her job is riding around on a Schwinn

He has arms that resemble celery
And sounds like he talks through his nose
His new art loft is sweet
I read that from his Tweet
He fits into young women’s clothes.

Yah yah yah di di yahhhhh
Yah yah di di yah yahhhhhh

Sing us a song, you’re the Casio man
On the Bedford Ave platform tonight
You claim we hate you out of jealousy
Your beard I’d love to ignite.

Now Josh at the bar is a friend of his
He gets him his craft ale for free
He claims to be broke but always has coke
Thank god for that liberal arts degree

He says, “Ethan, I believe this is itching me.”
As he scratched the filthy beard on his face
“One day I’ll be a famous artist,
But for now my dad pays for my place”

Oh, Yah yah yah di di yahhhhh
Yah yah di di yah yahhhhhh

Zoey is a waitress practicing smugness
Part time Vegans chew on chicken bones
Yes, they’re sharing with us their pretentiousness.
But it’s better than flying back home.

Sing us a song, you’re the Casio man
On the Bedford Ave platform tonight
You claim we hate you out of jealousy
Your beard I’d love to ignite.

Now Zach is a real shitty novelist
Got held up for his iPhone with a knife
He’s extremely lazy
Got fired from Old Navy
He’ll be in credit card debt for life

It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
McCarren’s full of Chloes and Kyles
They’ve done shit all week; this park really reeks
And probably will for a while
And the Casio, it sounds like a 5 year old’s
And Ethans body is shaped like a spear
And they sit at the bar – drink from mason jars
And say, “Yah, PBR is the best beer”

Oh, Yah yah yah di di yahhhhh
Yah yah di di yah yahhhhhh

Sing us a song, you’re the Casio man
On the Bedford Ave platform tonight
You claim we hate you out of jealousy
Your beard I’d love to ignite.

John Craig said...

Glen --
Thank you, that's funny.

Hadn't realized wearing a Casio was a hipster thing. (Oops.)