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I fucking love science January 30, 2018 at 11:26PM

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Musings about Math & Mangos


This post will be mostly about Cait since this is her news.   I tried to be thoughtful but at the same time
I was forthright and honest even if it was an uncomfortable thing to think or
say.  I found  myself writing sometimes in my usual musing
style and sometimes as just a fan.  So,
it may come across as a bit rambling from time to time so hopefully you won’t
be bored or confused.  (Plus, I think I’m
getting my husband’s flu so I’m a little woozy.)

I was thinking about all of this, the weekend and the last few years as I was stuck in traffic on
the commute to work today.  It
seems to me that we’re being asked to believe two things.

Sam and Cait aren’t together despite everything
I’ve seen off-screen and heard (both privately and publicly) from them, their
friends and colleagues.  The on-screen
chemistry and the vast majority of the routine Twitter banter (like today’s
tone deaf exchange) are not part of that for me.  Some special occasion social media activity

Cait and Tony are happy, in love and engaged
despite everything we’ve seen and heard and despite being the clear winner for
most apathetic, negative chemistry couple since Charles and Diana, the later
years.  So much so that one article
stated he wasn’t with her at the GG.   (
just realized I used the Charles and Diana metaphor to describe Sam and Skipper
at the outdoor NYC concert.  Ironic, eh?)

 If that’s what we’re being asked to believe, then common
sense and math does not apply .  1 +1
does not equal 2 here, it equals the square root of a grapefruit.

But today,  we’re being asked to believe 1, 2 and the
grapefruit.  So, if they are trying so hard to get me to believe it,
despite the most awkward engagement evening and release that I’ve seen in a
long time of following pop culture-I’ll act like I believe it.  In keeping
with the math theme…

|| Cait and Sam
receipts including within the “Tony dating period” || divided by Tony looking
indifferent to her at every turn X the cosign of Cait not having any chemistry
with Tony=Tony and Cait are engaged. 

I get it Cait, whether or not the grapefruit is true, you
want that as the answer to an essay question on my mid-term exam.  So, you got it.  

But with that
grapefruit comes consequences.  And so, regardless if this is their truth or their
“truth”, then here are the consequences with this action.  The primary one is I would no longer be able
to, in good conscience, immediately give her the benefit of the doubt.  I save that for people I respect and who I
feel respect me in return.  

It’s a
different playing field when you are strangers but the ecosystem of fan and
celebrity seems to fall partway between real people in your real life and “regular” total
strangers.  Their success depends upon
keeping the fans happy with their performance and how they engage with the
fans.  Both have to be authentic.  And both have to provide the experience that
the fans/customers want or they become casual fans/customers.  Or worse, they move on and make sure their friends know about it.  I know this strategy very well, it’s
literally what I work on every day in my professional life.  

 Cait is an interesting person.  She’s got the greatest laugh in the business
and seems like some unique combination of outspoken and shy.  I did not warm up to her in S1, I’ll be
honest it took me awhile but eventually I did.
Part of the reason was that I felt she did the minimum of promotion and
fan interaction in S1 and S2 and I think if you look at my early blogs, I
actually noted that I wished she would do more of it.  Sam did all the heavy lifting.  Yes, the Sam onlys were not always kind to her
(and some were downright cruel) but she did not help her own cause by being too
distant in the first couple of years.  I
don’t know if this was a combination of her being shy or getting bad
advice.  Either way, it was not the right
choice, IMO.  But I’ve never had to deal
with that kind of sudden fame so who knows how I would have reacted.   It was actually really nice seeing her break
this mold in the last year.  I think she
started to enjoy it too.

At the same time, I
was very offended by her saying that fans confuse the show and reality because a
smart woman should never insult other smart women.  And yes, she looked at Sam with total heart
eyes and the rest of body language doesn’t lie.
If I ever saw her with a tenth of that with Tony, then I would say that
I don’t get it but everybody makes choices they feel best for them.   Last night?
I actually felt genuinely sad and pitiful toward her, before the People
magazine blurb came out.   It’s simply
not there with him so that just added insult to injury whenever we got that
fact versus fiction crap in an interview.   (I won’t get into the fact that I have no
idea what this man actually does for a living but I want his vacation package.)

As aside: since when does someone with a niche show and a
rabid but loyal and dedicated fanbase  think it’s necessary to give an exclusive to
People especially when she’s engaged to a non-celeb?   Yes, it’s a tabloid but it’s the top of the
food chain.  It was obviously
pre-planned.   I
couldn’t find that picture of her playing the plastic flute on Tony’s lap from
several NYE ago if I tried, but People had it right away?  Publicist
fed.   It felt like a cowardly way out versus announcing it on her
social media but then again, her publicist controls the statements.   But it
turned out to be a mess.  We’ve got
announcements that say Tony wasn’t there, we’ve got announcements showing the
wrong ring.  You would think the happy couple would pose for a picture
last night or provide one more recent than when Obama was still President. 
The whole thing was anything but standing in your power and being proud of your
next step and your choice.  

I admire her passionate stances on politics and positions
that mirror my own.  Initially, I think
she was smart to stay out of the blue-check Twitter fiasco, even though it was
unfair of her to let Sam hang out to dry in the less than optimum way he handled that
mess.  But in the safe environment of
#Metoo and #TimesUp and President Oprah, what better time to tell the twin
bullies to leave the women in her fandom alone?
That is a #Fail for me.  She may have
worn black at the GG but she is missing the real opportunity to walk the talk in her own backyard.

I was a Sam first fan but while I’ve never been on the Cait
is Queen train, I did become a fan of Cait’s in many ways.  Sam always looked in love with her and never even in “like” with any
of the others he was pictured with. He looked like he was getting a root canal
at times.  (We won’t get into how staged
it all was right now, you all know that story.)   And she’s only ever looked in love with
him.  She treats Tony sometimes even less
than a friend and the chemistry is at best brotherly.  He seems indifferent to her, never more so
than last night.  I guess I will believe
her if she says she loves him or claims him, after all it’s the most personal of choices.  But why is it so hard for her to show?  We’ve seen her show it before, we know what
it looks like on her face and in her movements.

She’s in an industry that is intrusive yes,  but where
more so than most, perception is reality.
And the perceptions here don’t paint her in the best light.  Or as we often say at work, the optics aren’t

So, if you want us to believe the grapefruit? Then best be
prepared for when perception is reality makes that grapefruit start to rot.  You know, those pesky consequences again. 

Do I think she is a manipulative person by nature?  NO, at least not in a nefarious way.  But, there is now a perception problem when her
charity courted shippers right after she took a trip with the woman who runs
WCC social media.  There is a
perception problem when she crosses a line from flirting to something more with
her co-star on social media time and time again (lemons and fists and shrimp,
oh my).  There is a perception of manipulation when she
posts such an obviously fake birthday party picture from SA while reaching
across the guy next to her to touch Sam, who was leaning as far away from the
under-dressed visitor to his left as possible.  
There is a perception problem when the “dating for two years” claim
falls right smack into Flirty Thursday where they looked more like a couple on
their honeymoon after Cait’s Costa Rica pigeon-toed silhouette and Sam’s broad shoulder
and man bun silhouette next to her missed the PCA together.  You all know my standard for shipper gold was
high but there was still plenty of it there.

Honestly, I think they all have tried to play a game that
they couldn’t win.  Sam got in too deep,
she got in too little but enough to play badly.   And yet, they didn’t have to play at
all.  You can do PR without crossing a
line.  You can do PR, even as good
actors, but your body language will rule your inner thoughts.  Exhibit 1: The leads of The Crown who have
struck the right tone of PR and good friends.
And that’s what their body language confirms.  Sam and Cait were just the opposite.  And I don’t think it was a lie.  There were too many things we probably weren’t
supposed to see.  And too many things
that go beyond the show that they did want us to see from time to time.  But more importantly, too many things that they
just couldn’t hide.

Am I angry?  Not
really.  Intelligence insulted?  Yes, and that’s a big deal for me.  Sad?
Yes but not in a “I feel like crying way”.  More in a what a shame way.  And how disappointing in both the alleged outcome and
behavior of those involved.  Sad for fans who are
smart, fun and who had way too many receipts to be considered delusional.  Sad for them/us.  If the magic is supposed to end, why did it have to
end in such a pathetically incompetent rotting grapefruit kind of way.

Watching her last night at her table reminded me of a
wedding we attended a few years ago.  The
bride was the daughter of some of our oldest friends, we’ve known her since she
was 3 years old.  Coincidentally, the
groom worked at the same place as my husband.
And on the way home, I said to my husband that I have never seen any
chemistry between the two of them. That I hoped she was happy but I was kind of
baffled.  They were divorced two years

I’ve read some very eloquent opinions this week and one word
that I thought represented it well besides totally weird and confused was
distaste.  The events of the last week and
in hindsight some things leading up to it are distasteful for me.  The Australia thing was tacky (mistake or not).  The timed exclusive posted by People while she tweets for the next 24 hours about anything but, is as tone deaf as the bantering with Sam today.  Or maybe it’s a deliberate, pay no attention to that People exclusive behind the curtain kind of thing.

I’ve felt that she tried hard to keep her hands from getting
dirty and ironically in the end, may have inadvertently stained them
permanently.  It will be very interesting
to watch what happens next.  I do love
the show and will continue to watch but I don’t know yet if I will still care
about the actors going forward.  I wish
none of them ill but the opposite of love is indifference.  And that’s where I am today. ( I vacillate from feeling so badly for Sam to dude, what were you thinking?)

I’m kind of glad we are in Droughtlander, I don’t think I could watch an episode right now.   I’m a (confused) fan of them but more importantly
I’m a fan of us.  And oh by the way to “us”.  You are not required to like
your celeb’s SO.  I’d would also say always be kind on his
social media but that’s kind of a moot point, eh?  (Despite the fact that at least three of his
wheel of fortune jobs should have a massive social media presence.)

So, since they worked so hard to get me to believe the
grapefruit.  I will believe the
grapefruit.  But I’m not taking a bite because
I think the grapefruit might be a mango.  

jammfsession: ephemeral-elegance: It’s the end of another…

Willy Maywald’s photo of the Bar Suit

The Bar Suit being shown at La Ligne Corolle fashion show, Feb. 12, 1947

Christian Dior’s original sketch of the Bar Suit

April 1947 Vogue featuring the New Look silhouette



It’s the end of another week, so it must be time for FRIDAY FASHION FACT!  Some of the most popular pieces I post are the stereotypical 1950s dresses- structured bodices, cinched waists, and big, full skirts. This iconic, feminine style stems from the post-war New Look.

Those of you who know fashion well have probably heard of the New Look. You probably recognize the famous image of the Parisian model in the Dior skirt and blazer. Many people believe that Christian Dior was the first designer to create this shape, but that is not completely true. Due to extensive shortages of material during World War II, clothing became very tailored and fitted. As the war came to a close, though, designers took advantage of the newly available materials. Skirts began to get more full and shoulders more prominent, as they had been before the war.

In February 1947, just 3 months after launching his own company, Christian Dior showed his first line, “La Ligne Corolle,” at his shop in Paris. The collection took the changing fashions to the next level. The tailored bodices featured tiny waistlines, sloping shoulders, and prominent busts, while the skirts took the growing fullness to a new level, utilizing vast yardage of fabric. It was an instant success. The editor of Haper’s Bazaar, Carmen Snow, was a fan of Dior from his earlier days working for Rober Piguet, and so attended this first show. She proclaimed, “It’s quite a revelation, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!” A corespondent for Reuters, who was also in attendance, sent the phrase to her editor, and it was printed the following day. Less than 2 months later, the New Look was on the cover of Vogue, quickly followed by fashion magazines around the world. Throughout the next several years, Christian Dior continued to refine his style, further accentuating each feature. Of course, countless designers followed Dior’s lead, and the New Look silhouette became the standard.

The New Look is epitomized by the Bar Suit, a look from the Corolle collection. The black pleated skirt and cream morning jacket with built-in underpinnings and body-shapers were captured in a photograph by the legendary Willy Maywald. The image is arguably the most famous fashion photo in history.

Want to learn more about post-war fashion and the New Look? Check out these books:

Fashion in the 1940s, by Jayne Shrimpton

Inspiration Dior, by Florence Muller

Have a question about fashion history you want answered in the next FRIDAY FASHION FACT? Just click the ASK button at the top of the page!

The inspiration for one of Claire’s Parisian dresses in season 2!

ozu-teapot: Tokyo Story | Yasujirô Ozu | 1953Kyôko Kagawa,…


Tokyo Story | Yasujirô Ozu | 1953

Kyôko Kagawa, Setsuko Hara

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