Thursday, April 05, 2007

FIRST IN LINE AT McDONALD'S: A 'bodacious bod' or looking like the second week into a garbage strike?



The heartbreaking reality of childhood obesity in America.

Music journalists at daily newspapers regularly write the most laughable copy. It has always been this way.

In today's Los Angeles Times, August Brown and Margaret Waffler ask readers to consider, without splitting a gut, the following about a singer -- pictured above -- of a punk rock band called The Gossip.

"The Gossip's Beth Ditto, the magma-voiced singer prone to onstage stripping ... [has] England crazy for the blistering soul-punk of [their] latest, Standing In the Way of Control," they report.

"NME not only put Ditto's bodacious bod on the cover, it also nominated her for its sexiest woman contest."

A long time ago, DD wrote volumes for the music pages for the Morning Call newspaper,part of the Times chain -- then Times-Mirror, now called Tribune.

And it can be said with some authority that if you were going to write utterly nonsensical hagiography about someone, you would either be sure not to include the impeaching photo or work in a helping of literary winking so readers knew you hadn't lost your mind.

Come to think of it, using phrase 'bodacious bod' would never have happened. Neither would have passing along, true or not, a British music tabloid's nomination for sexiest whatever.

However, being appropriately supercilious -- now there was something we were really good at.

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