Of Lipstick and Pigs

I have some knowledge of lipstick… I am a costume and makeup designer.  I wear lipstick.  I have some knowledge of pigs… I am, after all the Swine Princess.

The Urban dictionary says of Lipstick and Pigs:

lipstick on a pig
slang for when someone tries to dress something up,
“You put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”
by doo doo brown Jan 9, 2004

There is a book out currently (pub: 2006) about politics: Lipstick on a Pig: Winning in the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game, by Torie Clark, chief Pentagon communications officer from 2001 to 2003.  For the administration challenged, that is during the Bush Administration and specifically during the 9/11 crisis, and I would argue one who DOES know about lipstick on pigs.

In 2005, the phrase was used in a book on Autism (Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wish You Knew, by Ellen Notbohm).  In 2007, the phrase was used in the book I Didn’t See It Coming: the only book you’ll ever need to avoid being blindsided in business, by Nancy C. Widmann, the first woman president at CBS, Inc.  I could go on here, but you’re smart, do a Google Books search for  “lipstick on a pig”.  You’ll be amazed.  Please note the authors of the above-referencedd books are WOMEN.

Now, Barack Obama, is being accused of making a sexist remark when he used the above reference in regard to McCain’s policies — here’s the video:

Sorry guys, but it does not sound to me like he was making a reference to anything female other than “lipstick” which, I can tell you unequivocally is used by both men and women.  Further, John McCain, the intended target of the jibe, used the exact same phrase about a year ago.  Now, if it is sexist now, it was sexist then and there should be no controversy here only apologies… lets see if it was sexist then…

On October 11, 2007, McCain was speaking regarding Hillary Clinton’s health policies, he said that although he had not studied Ms Clinton’s proposals, it was reminicent of her previous proposal during her husband’s administration and “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” And here’s that video:

No one, not even Hillary Clinton screamed sexist/sexism at that time.  No one.  Let me say that again.  No One.

Was it sexist?  Who knows.  This phrase is commonly used slang by people on both sides of the aisle and by both genders.  It is NOT SEXIST.  Personally I have issues with a lot of “old sayings” like “It isn’t over until the Fat Lady sings” or “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.” They really aren’t necessary.  They are silly, colorful, and superfluous.  If you want to say “stick around until the end” say it… if you want to say you can’t make something look good that doesn’t look good, say it.

Sexist, no.  Superfluous? Yes. Let’s concentrate on the real issues here.  John McCain voted with George W Bush over 90% of the time.  He is for the SAME thing we have been suffering with for the past 8 years.  He is a war hawk who believes there will be “more wars” and that we could be in Iraq for 100 years.  If Harry Truman had told us we’d be in Korea for 50 years would you have believed it then?  I know that my parents didn’t, but American Troops have been in Korea MY ENTIRE LIFETIME.  Do we need a president that will lead us down that path again?

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4 thoughts on “Of Lipstick and Pigs

  1. See my headline today.


  2. jacobsjohnson says:

    what Obama said was stupid thing to say without clarification because it could be misunderstood fairly easily. Saying John McCain voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time is fairly misleading because you don’t specify what the 10 percent they disagree on is also just because someone votes with you doesn’t necessarily mean they completely agree with you also John McCain was in the senate before Bush became president.

    Now, Jake, if Obama needed to clarify what he said, then McCain needed to apologize for his “lipstick on a pig” comment with regard to Clinton’s health care plan… furthermore, McCain has said a whole lot worse about Chelsea and should definitely apologize for that… on his knees with roses and chocolate… that was just flat out mean. As far as the 90%…not misleading… true…sorry Aunt SwinePrincess

  3. jacobsjohnson says:

    i am not saying it is sexist but due to the crowds reaction and Palin’s earlier comment on how the only difference between hockey mom and a pitbull is lipstick it would have been wise of him to make sure people understood he was not calling palin a pig

    The only people who didn’t understand that he was not calling Palin a pig were Republicans who wanted to make a mountain out of a mole hill… McCain, on the other hand specifically said Chelsea Clinton was ugly because Janet Reno was her father… Tell me he shouldn’t have apologized for that one. It wasn’t a joke it was a hateful, spiteful, mean, base comment about a non-political person and he shouldn’t have said it… Did he ever apologize? No. Tell me he shouldn’t have apologized for that one. Sorry, this one is just one step over the line. They want to make Obama into someone as “insensitive” as McCain and the ammo is just not there… As I said in my blog… that phrase was used REGULARLY in this campaign by McCain, further, other Republicans, even McCain’s advisors have used the phrase, and suddenly it is not OK because a Democrat used it after Palin used the word “lipstick”? Oh, please. Further, if he had said Palin’s name in the next breath to “clarify” that he was not talking about her, the hew & cry would be even louder because he would have obviously been thinking about her… Repubs need to grow up.

  4. jacobsjohnson says:

    i don’t have a problem with what he said i just think that he could have put it differently because of what palin said you are opening yourself up to having your statement taken out of context by the media and political opponents.

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