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French Elle Praises FLOTUS for Being the First Black Woman to Dress Well

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In an article in the French version of Elle magazine called — yes, really — “Black Fashion Power,” writer Nathalie Dolivo discusses Michelle Obama’s style and the fact that she’s allowing black women to finally dress well, godddddd, what took so long? The article, which appears to have since been removed from the Elle France website (clicking on the link now reveals an “OUPS!” message — “OUPS,” indeed), says that our FLOTUS’s sense of style means that “chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear.” Lord.

Fond of puns and made-up words as well as racist remarks, Dolivo also invented the term “black-geoisie” for the purposes of this article to mean…well, black women coopting the style of the bourgeoisie. Because the bourgeoisie is white, duh!

After having a few more glasses of lunchtime wine and arranging her bangs just so, Dolivo also decided that Mrs. Obama retains elements of being black by including accessories like “a shell necklace” into her white bourgeois outfits. She also described Michelle Obama’s style as a “jazzy” take on Jackie Kennedy’s style.

Here is a vast portion of the diarrhea in one place:

In this America led for the first time a black president, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear … But if in 2012 the “black-geoisie” has integrated all the white codes, it does not [do so] literally. [There] is always a classic twist, with a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘créole de rappeur’) that recalls the roots.

Malheureusement, commentators across various fashion blogs covering this story have noted that this kind of stance isn’t really all that surprising in France (or, umm, the Netherlands). Says one commentator on Fashion Bomb Daily, an early Stateside reporter of this gaffe-within-a-gaffe-within-a-gaffe, “The saddest thing is that this stupid journalist thought she was doing something positive for us. And that’s what many French people would see in this article. I’m sure that even educated French people wouldn’t see any offense in this.”

As of yet, no apologies from Dolivo, but here’s her TWITTEUR for anyone who wants to send her pictures of Anthony’s Wiener schnitzel or people committing adulterous acts with baguettes. [Fashion Bomb Daily via The Gloss]

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  • Barb

    Meh, who cares what this cheese-eating surrender monkey thinks of our FLOTUS?

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      ME! I want to slap her!

      • Barb

        Hobbes, I'll hold her and you slap the taste right out of her mouth.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Deal, baby! I'm jonesin' so it'll be a *beatdown* of slaps.

          • Barb

            I've decided that I am going to call you Hobbes from now on. Pouncing tiger!

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            I'll be your Hobbes if you'll be my Calvin? Sounds good. Just don't get me in any trouble, Barb.

          • Angry_Marmot

            Ah, the old "I'll be your Hobbes if you'll play with my Leviathan" line.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            That sounds pretty cheeky, Marmot.

            Wrong Hobbes, though.

          • Advn2rgirl

            Actually, Hobbes is named after Thomas Hobbes, author of Leviathan. Calvin's named after John Calvin. The more you know…

        • valgal2342

          Our FLOTUS is fabulous, Natalie Dolivo is a snot nosed twit, however, France was rather helpful in winning our Independence from the British so you know, there is that.

  • nounverb911

    I'm sure Josephine Baker doesn't agree with that assessment.

  • BornInATrailer

    La twat.

    • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

      Who? La Snowbillie Grifterette?

      • tessiee

        La *Snowguilliame* Grifterette — et non, elle est la retarde.

    • real_dc_native

      More like La twit

  • YasserArraFeck

    Goat skins and bones through the nose are so last season!!!

  • http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/ Madfall

    The French are snobbish vermin, expecting them to be any different is like expecting Gingrich to settle down with one wife.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      IRL, everybody is snobbish vermin to some extent or another. However, I am proud to announce I just went and kicked her ass on Twitter. Let's hope the bitch checks her timeline.

      Jesuz, these schmucks have NO shame at all.

    • MosesInvests

      To be fair, I think it's mostly *Parisians* who are snobbish vermin-much like a certain class of New Yorkers vis-a-vis Les Etats Unis. Zut alors!

    • comrad_darkness

      Or like expecting a French president to settle down with only one wife and one mistress.

      • Angry_Marmot

        Austerity.

  • RedneckMuslin

    Oups! That's FUBU.

  • HarryButtle

    After having a few more glasses of lunchtime wine and arranging her bangs just so, Dolivo also decided that Mrs. Obama retains elements of being black by including accessories like “a shell necklace” into her white bourgeois outfits.

    Yea, and that 12" lip plate just pulls the ensemble together. Fuck…just, fuck.

    • tessiee

      Well, you know — anything to distract from that big caboose of hers, right?
      : – p

      • HarryButtle

        Mmmmm….Michelle Obama's caboose served up on a plate.

        Sorry. Must be the booze talkin'.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Slut. You just better hope that Hopey don't see this, 'cause, you know, he just offed some folks in Somalia, too.

  • Beetagger

    You have to have a Kenyan, post-colonial fashion sense to see where she's coming from.

  • smashedinhat

    Not as bad as John Galliano. More subtle.

  • GOPCrusher

    White people dress like this, but black people dress like this.

    • tessiee

      Oh, it's true! It's true! We're *so lame*!

  • SorosBot

    C'est raciste!

    • Geminisunmars

      C'est bete, aussi!

      • Chichikovovich

        In fact, it's my bête noir.

    • BarryOPotter

      In response, I'd like to communicate the following to Mme. Oups: Qu'elle va se faire enculer, enfin, la salope!

  • Extemporanus

    Sacreblah!

    • Crank_Tango

      Trop tôt !

    • Geminisunmars

      Tres win!

    • Biff

      That, right there, is what keeps me coming back for more. Victoire!

    • Limeylizzie

      Gagnez!

    • tessiee

      Merveilliux!

    • Negropolis

      Zut alors!

      Okay, shut down this thread. That's the winner.

      Damn you. I was going to make that comment, but I was five hours too late. lol

  • Harry_S_Truman

    Oh, hell, I'd think the FLOTUS looked great, even if she were wearing nothing at all.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Er … *especially.* *Especially.*

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        Beat me to it! That's what I get for taking a nap.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          I was *trying* to take a nap, but I have a rescued cat who has a horrible history, and whenever he thinks I might get a little rest, he makes these loud yodeling Siamese-cat noises that could split your head open. He won't let me come near him but loves my partner, so I have to summon assistance to get him into the big bed so he can be "close" to me (three feet south with his back to me). I could kill him, but the poor li'l guy's had a hard life.

          I guess I should just be grateful I don't have a rescue *capybara,* or anything. Fuck.

          • V572 the Merciless

            Rescue boa constrictors are the worst.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Don't even start with me on that. Somebody's bound to turn up at the door with one, if you do. I ended up rescuing six possums one time, and racoons another time. Why would anybody want possums? Giant ugly rats.

            But they're harmless,and they were losing their habitat, and now I have six more than I used to. I really don't need a boa constrictor.

          • V572 the Merciless

            Thank you for saving animals. It’s a wonderful thing to do. Send Barb a kitten, please.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            It's wonderfuller for them than for me. Possums STINK.

            I would love to send dear Barb a kitten, but she's having surgery soon, so it might be best to wait till she is up and about and fully recovered. Kittens are *very* trying. (Looks over at currently sleeping but usually VERY naughty kitten)

          • tessiee

            You might enjoy "Cats Kingdom" and/or "Rescue Ink". Both books are true stories of rescue operations in Japan and New York, respectively.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Thank you tessiee.

            It's all Dad's fault, really. He could never say no to any animal in distress, even though Mom regularly swore she would send us all to the abbatoir along with the animals. Our house was an awful lot like the Durrells', if you've ever read Gerald Durrell, which I'm sure you have, since everybody on teh Wonketz knows EVERYthing.

    • Toomush_Infer

      It's a french look – ask Josephine…

    • Callyson

      I think most of the straight guys here would consider Michelle's wearing nothing at all even better.

      • Biff

        Yep, we really are that transparent.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Or that shameless. Either way works.

        • Chichikovovich

          What a shame that her clothes are opaque and we are transparent rather than the other way around.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Points, dood.

    • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

      In my dreams.

  • widestanceshakedown

    Factoid: In our house, we have a little nickname for Michelle, which is Blacquie O (it's a mixed-race household, so we're "allowed").

    We do not repeat this outside the home, because we have some sense, unlike this Strumpette.

    • jus_wonderin

      That is perfect!!!

    • Geminisunmars

      That is pretty cute, actually. But don't tell anyone I said so.

    • MzNicky

      [pouting] I wish I had a mixed-race household so I could call her Blacquie O. That's too great.

      Hey wait — see my doggy up there in the picture-window? She's mixed (and how)! Does that qualify? Eh, I guess not.

    • real_dc_native

      I have often thought that we haven't had a First Lady as classy and stylish as Michelle Obama since Jackie.

      • Dr_Zoidberg

        So, so true.

    • rickmaci

      SHHHH. Keep that one quiet or the next thing we know it will be all over wingtard talk radio.

    • Negropolis

      That's what my grandmother would call "precious."

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Your grandmother is obviously far too nice a lady to be shown things like this that would simply needlessly distress her since she doesn't swear like me.

        I call it fucking outrageously cuntish, myself, but then, I have no class.

        • Negropolis

          Oh, I was talking the "Blaquie O" thing, but yeah, Elle article would drive her up the wall, and she's got a bad heart.

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Oh, OK. I went over to Elle to kick that woman's ass again, but can't find a contact. Looks like the article really is gone, for good. I hope the bitch apologized to our dear FLOTUS, who really should not have to hear all this crap about Negroid shit every day of her life.

            I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's health. I remember you had to rush her to the hospital not so long ago. I hope you're not the only one taking care of her, sweetie. Kudos for being such a good grandson, she must love the bejeepers out of you.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Michelle's gonna go Mau-Mau on Dolivo's ass.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    I'm disgusted by all of that, … except the "lunchtime wine".

    • RavenRant

      "Bangs" would be unobjectionable, in another context.

      • Geminisunmars

        Don't you like to arrange your bangs — just so?

        • RavenRant

          When I'm not feeling extra spontaneous.

      • Callyson

        That reminds me–I have to make an appointment at the salon. I seriously need some bangs.

        • Negropolis

          If you have to go to the salon to get your bangs done, you're doing it wrong…

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Oh, Negropolis!

            What IS your av, by the bye? It looks awfully familiar in an unfamiliar sort of way.

          • Negropolis

            It was some piece of art in some online magazine during the bitter 2007-2008 Democratic primaries.

  • Veritas78

    Now if she had described Michelle as clean and articulate, we'd know she was pumping for Biden's slot on the ticket.

  • chascates

    In spite of this American blacks have found far more acceptance and equality in France (predominately Paris) than in the land of their birth.

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

      Yes, if you want to go by the experience of talented, expatriate African-American musicians, entertainers and authors. However, if you are an ordinary African or North African, you are likely to be treated like le merde.

      • chascates

        Well said, sir. The persecution of North Africans as well as the anti-Semitism of some in France would make them honorary Southerners. And my thoughts probably apply more to James Baldwin and Dexter Gordon than anyone else.

        • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/ Chet Kincaid

          The French have a cultural arrogance as strong or stronger than ours: they still see French Cultural Citizenship as the ideal for people from their former colonies, to the extent that they won't even break down the demographics of the country by ethnicity. If you can't study the problems, you don't have to acknowledge or do anything about them! And they wonder why kids start burning cars.
          http://academic.udayton.edu/race/06hrights/georeg

          • doloras

            "The French have a cultural arrogance as strong or stronger than ours…"

            Yes, that's the real reasons les Frogs et les Yanquis hate one another so deeply. Both countries think that the rest of the world should be just like them.

          • Negropolis

            Bingo! This is something that's always bothered me about Western Europe, and something that's creeped in, here, and it's the idea of "color-blindness." This is a very nice-sounding thing, but the result and true effect is ignoring hundreds of years of history to pretend that you can magically snap your fingers and then all of a sudden, everyone is at the same economic and social station.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Chester Himes.

      • poorgradstudent

        To be fair, the experience of African-Americans, even the non-entertainment ones, who were stationed in France during the World Wars was generally positive. Not to say that it was peaches and cream and rainbows, but their accounts do suggest that overall, at least in the cities, they found a level of acceptance that didn't exist anywhere in the US.

        But you're still right, in that it was easy to be accepting of a social-ethnic group that had no historical baggage with them and didn't emigrate en masse. Muslim Africans from their colonies were a completely different story…

      • Chichikovovich

        Absolutely correct. Though it's not just musicians/entertainers/authors, but African Americans generally, I'm told. An acquaintance of mine is an AA emigré (French husband) who has lived in France for a couple of decades. Her French is fluent, but since she learned it as an adult, there is a distinct US accent that she's never been able to lose. She tells me that almost every day, at least once or twice, she'll walk into a shop or a restaurant and sense a certain suspicious reception, until she opens her mouth to speak, and then they are all smiles and open welcome.

        (Thought bubble over their heads: Ah, she's not an *African* – African.)

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          Rest assured, that mentality exists here. I'm always treated with suspicion until I open my mouth. I don't have an "American" accent, and therefore I must be a Foreign N*****, worthy of being treated with respect, or at least a little MORE respect than my American blah brothers and sisters. It infuriates me.

          Angela Davis wrote about it in one of her books, how she would go into shoe shops with her sister and they would pretend to be foreign, and the same redneck dirtbags who would have kicked their pretty behinds into the dust were just grovellingly polite to be attending the pretty foreign girls "with a touch of the tarbrush."

        • BarryOPotter

          I know that feeling/experience quite well. I have a Parisian accent, but, at times, I gently release them from their discomfort with an overly applied amerloque accent. Sometimes I don't, and rhetorically ask myself: "Who's the bigger asshole?" Them, clearly, they're Frenchies!

    • V572 the Merciless

      During our long occupation of Germany (the country that gave racism a bad name) black American GIs were treated pretty well, maybe viewed as a curiosity but at least not burdened with the same stereotypes they encounter in the US.

      • Negropolis

        I've heard quite the opposite, and it'd make since. I heard that things were far worse for American ex-pats in Paris during the German occupation than just under the French because the German's brought their Nazis ideology with them that pretty much relegated black people to something just above an animal.

        It is no doubt that African Americans could find more opportunity in France than they could in the American South and even parts of the North, but people shouldn't forget that insidious racism can be just as dangerous and damaging as the full-on blatant shit they practiced in the South.

        • V572 the Merciless

          Yeah I was talking about the American Army’s occupation of Germany 1945-present, but have only anecdata to back up my hypothesis. Used to see black GIs with beautiful Jungfrauen on their arms strolling around Bad Kreuznach and Darmstadt.

          • Negropolis

            Oh, after the war was definitely different than during the war. You are right about that. The general populace, when it wasn't forced to hate welcomed whomever came to save them, black, white or otherwise.

        • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

          If you haven't already seen it, go see Mephisto, with Klaus Maria Brandauer. There's a brief vignette where he bids his black lover goodbye because he *knows* she's in danger of being … exterminated … by the Nazis.

          It's a brilliant movie.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        They were *les Americaines,* my friend, not "les Negres" per se, and therefore the source of food to survive. It's amazing how a little hunger and military defeat can change the minds of the most stubborn. Before the war, they were not so kind to blacks, of that you may be sure.

  • SexySmurf

    After writing her cultural insensitive article, Nathalie Dolivo went home and combed her armpit hair.

    • widestanceshakedown

      And pretended she was Candy Slice (if you get that, you must be an Olde like me).

    • tessiee

      Did she go home on a bicycle, with a grocery bag in the basket that had a baguette loaf of bread sticking out of the top?

  • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

    "Freedom Elle" subscriptions must be soaring in Alabama right now…

  • Nothingisamiss

    Just when you think the south has the most unconscious racism…..

    • Preferred Customer

      I do not know who has the most unconscious racism, but I am going to go ahead and say France and the South are pretty much tied for the most conscious racism.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Stupid Frog.

    • nounverb911

      “Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy.”
      –Andy Devine

  • MiniMencken

    An', az a Franch woman, she iz ver' 'appy that Les Americains 'ave un President avec le grande saucisse, which we all know les Negres 'ave. Tres chic!

    • tessiee

      Ah, oui, She 'as 'appiness because le President 'as a penis.

  • Pragmatist2

    Uh, the REAL question here is, who at Wonkette has a subscription to the French edition of Elle and why didn't that come up in the interview?

  • Dr_Zoidberg

    Yes, I personally was tired of black women dressing like Aunt Jemima.

  • GorzoTheMighty

    Honey, you should have other concerns. The Wehrmacht is on your border. France is in foreclosure and Germany wants it's money back.

    Might have to take your fashion sense to Algiers.

    • Chichikovovich

      I bet there are lots of jobs at factories around Diên Biên Phu.

  • coolhandnuke

    OUPS..is that a French acronym for Occupy Unwhite Peoples Style?

  • WhatTheHeck

    Noir est noir.

    • Geminisunmars

      Noir et noir.

      • OneYieldRegular

        Le vent nous portera.

    • Veritas78

      I want my bébé back…

      • Chichikovovich

        ribs?

  • elviouslyqueer

    Mangez un sac de bites rats légèrement salée dans une sauce béarnaise, eh salope.

    • Extemporanus

      Ratatouille Wonkettoise est un plat qui se mange froid.

      • OneYieldRegular

        I am so going to make up a recipe to go with that recipe title.

        • tessiee

          Ratatouille is already made out of rats and oil, though.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Take me now.

  • Crank_Tango

    Diffamation de black !

  • Tundra Grifter

    Quelle fromage!

    • http://wonkette.com/ weej_bain

      Avec nez.

      • Tundra Grifter

        Was that the time the little pig cried "Oui, oui, oui" all the way home?

  • BarackMyWorld

    Je ne suis pas raciste, mais je pense que les stéréotypes sont true.

  • Eve8Apples

    Don't worry kids. Naomi Campbell will bitch slap Nathalie Dolivo with a phone.

    • tessiee

      Although you can't really give her *too* much credit for that, since that wasn't because of racism, it was because Nathalie Dolivo just happened to be standing near Naomi Campbell.

  • Mort_Sinclair

    Actually, what they didn't tell us is that Nathalie Dolivo actually hails from a large and storied Bayou family of meth addicts from Paris, Louisiana.

  • Beowoof

    What were they were expecting some ho's from Lil Wayne video.

    • MissTaken

      yes

    • Dr_Zoidberg

      Yes, they were.

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/227406670645311 Fred_Wertham_Jr

    Quand on est dans un trou, il faut arrêter de creuser.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    Surely, however, this was not the first French editor to mis-manage à twat.

    • MzNicky

      Oh well DONE!

      • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

        Likewise, M[mlle?]. Nicky — I enjoy your contributions here, bien sûr!

        Funny, now I'm wondering what the abbreviation really is for "Ms." in French…

  • JackObin

    I miss Pickles Bush and her potato(e) sack dresses.

    • MzNicky

      And who can forget Babs Bush and her ubiquitous triple-strand pop-bead choker! Trés chic, non? I bet she wore that sucker in the shower.

      • Generation[redacted]

        I bet she and George used that sucker in the shower.

        /fixed

        • MzNicky

          owwwwww my brain's eyes!! make it go away!!

  • Generation[redacted]

    Ceci n'est pas une racial transcendence!

    • http://wonkette.com/ weej_bain

      Kein Scheiß!

    • BarackMyWorld

      Je vois ce que vous avez fait il y a.

  • MissTaken

    Où est la salle de bain? J'ai besoin de vomir.

  • http://www.wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    Whaay do you sink I ave zis outraagious accent?

    • WhatTheHeck

      …because you smoke those wretched Gauloises?

    • littlebigdaddy

      Go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

    • MosesInvests

      Ah blow mah nose at you!

      • tessiee

        Ah fart in yeur general direction!

    • Angry_Marmot

      Can I have a look at your aunties before I wave my private parts at them?

  • OneYieldRegular

    ‘créole de rappeur’? Now seeing Michelle Obama wearing Big Freedia around her neck really would be something.

  • arihaya

    what I consider important for women, is not whether they dress well, but whether they undress well

    • Tundra Grifter

      One of the two times in my life a young lady tried to slap me was when I told her I didn't want a woman with good taste, I wanted a woman who tasted good.

      Please don't ask – I don't remember what I said the other time…

      • Chichikovovich

        Perhaps the second time you thought you had learned your lesson, and so told her that you did want a woman with good taste, and not merely one who tasted good.

    • C_R_Eature

      "what I consider important for women, is not whether they dress well, but whether they undress well Fast."

      There. I fixed it for you.

  • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

    You see what I mean, people? You SEE WHAT I MEAN?

    Every single day of his/her life, the blah person has to deal with this kind of shit. Every day. And sure, that doesn't happen *here,* but it happens everywhere else in this country and in all countries where brown and blah people are in the minority.

    Can't we all just get the fuck along?

    • widestanceshakedown

      Some of us can, at least, some of us can. The rest? I fart in their specific direction.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Oh, darlz, you're always good for a hug. (hugs widestance, pats back) And for wise words. I join you in passing them a plate of air biscuits.

        • widestanceshakedown

          So my Blacquie O comment did no harm? Of all the wonks in all the world to offend, I would hate to offend you especially. (awww/outta here now so will reply in AM)

          • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

            Intent is everything, darls. (hugs you, you silly man)

            I know when you call our FLOTUS by that name, you're being snarky. When this stupid twat says things about Negresses and their penchant for ass-clingy skirts in loud prints, she's not being snarky. She really does think that way. *That's* what offends me.

            Did I earn a rep here as easily offended? Sheesh, I hope not. Other than a pollyanna tendency to believe the *best* of people, I'm actually pretty hard to offend. Hell, I have friends who are Republican.

          • widestanceshakedown

            Very good to know, very good to know (hugs galore back, you wunnerful woman). It is a very provocative/offensive nickname, and not to be tossed about. You should know that when I tried it on my partner for the first time, he literally lost motor control and dropped to the floor laughing.

            I don't think you have any worries about a rep for being offended, since if this one did not do it, I don't know what could!

  • teebob2000

    She has got le osseuse through le nez!

  • Callyson

    It was already hard enough to be both intelligent and interested in fashion before this crap. Now, I may have to start dressing in burlap sacks just to distance myself from this idiot and asshole…

  • HistoriCat

    I just want to know which side Rush Limbaugh is going to take on this.

    • http://wonkette.com/ weej_bain

      With his girth he gets to take all sides.

    • real_dc_native

      I hope it makes his head explode. That's the only good that could come of this.

    • mermera

      Well, I'm sure Rush would not agree that MO is the first well dressed black woman in America. He is not likely to relinquish that status.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

      Something like, "Mooseshell can't even take a compliment"

      • HistoriCat

        Yeah – that nails it. Bravo.

      • tessiee

        I was thinking, "Of course she dresses well. Why wouldn't she? The taxpayers are paying for it, etc.", but yours is good, too.

    • ShaveTheWhales

      All of them, Katie. Because he will surround it, as he does everything.

  • MzNicky

    I've forgotten most of my college French, except "merde." That's the one that comes to mind, "merde." Elle est une merde-tete, is what I think I'm driving at.

  • Mahousu

    This is French Elle we're talking about here. The same magazine that had an article Mary-Kate Olsen, muse of the "Poorgeoisie"

    Actually, I'm a bit surprised Nathalie didn't try "Moorgeoisie."

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Ouh, zass goood.

  • Steverino247

    OK, you've got this one coming…

    Why do the French line their roads with trees? So the German Army can march in the shade.

    Now, back to the Great Pie Fight!

    • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

      Where is the New Germany planning to make it's capitol?

      Paris.

    • real_dc_native

      There is a story about a French general observing the British army in the 18th century. He asked the British general why the soldiers wore red uniforms. The Britsh general explained that is was so the enemy troops would not see them bleeding when they were hit. Upon the French general's return home he had the French Army's uniform pants changed to brown.

    • littlebigdaddy

      I thought it was so you could be killed instantly while driving your 2cv into one after having had wine with lunch.

    • C_R_Eature

      Q: "What's This?" (holds both arms straight up)

      A: "The French Army on Maneuvers!"

  • Biff

    Motherfucker!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    The French they are a funny race
    they're mouths are full of feet
    and they fuck with their face.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Someone is angling for the job of special fashion coorespondent for FOX & Friends.

  • Mojopo

    Have no black people lived in France since Josephine Baker or WHAT? I cannot wait to taunt my Obama-loving French friends about this.

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

    How do you say "M-Fer, I want more iced tea!" in French?

    • tessiee

      OK, it's been a long time since high school French class, but I'll give it a try:

      "Baiseur de votre maman, donnez-moi le the!"

  • Guppy

    What's "facepalm" in French?

    • Generation[redacted]

      Le facepalm.

    • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

      Hitler?

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Le cheeseburger.

  • Guppy

    Hell, I didn't realize that the eighth-grade education we're all hobbling along with includes enough French to catch this "fox pass" to begin with.

  • littlebigdaddy

    "A community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear.” You know Michelle is wearing a blue dress as a shout out to her Crips peeps.

  • flamingpdog

    Pardon my English, but BAISE-TOI, Nathalie!!!1!

    Now, back to work.

    • Fukui_sanYesOta

      Not nearly rude enough

      Va te faire enculer, Nathalie!

      • tessiee

        ???
        !!!
        They have "va fangool" in French, too?

  • Harry_S_Truman

    Speaking of FLOTUS clothes, I'm reminded of a clean Barbara Bush joke:

    What does Barbara Bush do with her old clothes?

    She wears them.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Dupa jasz.

  • SkinnyNerd
  • Sassomatic

    You know, a bone through your nose would really jazz up that evening gown.

  • FakaktaSouth

    The racist-y-est of the racists here will even tell you that black people dress better than white people. For church, for school and at work, (and yeah, you may have heard it said in an ugly way once in a while as well) but nice, expensive clothes and killer fashion sense credit all goes to the black folks.

    Just as an aside, Jonathan Capehart on the msnbc wears better suits and wears suits better than any man on TV. But since he's black and his clothes are beautiful, I guess he can thank Michelle Obama for that.

    • Limeylizzie

      Jonathan Capehart is predisposed to dress like a dream…gay and blah.

      • FakaktaSouth

        I wonder if his apartment, office, car, whatever is perfect. I find him snazzy and you can feel the whimsy used when choosing his pocket squares. Plus his tiny shoulders look like they are cut out of steel under that custom fit. Tight.

        • Limeylizzie

          I adore him, so funny and smart.

    • MosesInvests

      I went to a mostly WASPy prep school (with a significant Jewish minority-when I was a kid, public schools in Jacksonville, FL sucked). The upper classes usually wore wrinkly khakis and Oxford shirts. The best-dressed kids were always the very few African-Americans. And I say that in the least ugly way possible.

    • ShaveTheWhales

      I hate to say this, but I wish I looked as good in a suit as Michael Steele. Of course, I could make the same statement about, say, Robert Downey Jr or Sean Connery, so it may not be all about the blahs.

      • FakaktaSouth

        Not all about the blahs, (nice shoulders on any ol kind of dude help though) A LoooooT about the suit. A good suit, especially one tailor-made-fitted or whatever, oh my gosh. Guys are lucky with the jacket thing. but I like wearing skirts. I would prob wear skirts even if I was a dude.

  • barto

    You know I was prone to just put it down to her being all uppity and all but with this official endorsement from the masters of fashion I stand corrected. Merci, mademoiselle!

  • anniegetyerfun

    Clair Huxtable* would have something to say about this.

    *She was real to me, OK?

  • Toomush_Infer

    Se la blah….

  • rickmaci

    What do you expect. She's Parisian. Hell, even the rest of France hates Parisians.

  • Fukui_sanYesOta

    OT, but it actually seems a bit weird not having a huge wonketteers drinkathon tonight.

    • Blueb4sunrise

      (carefully pours line-up of shots back into bottle)

      • Fukui_sanYesOta

        (Looks at the open beer in front of him. Looks at bottle of wine in the fridge)

        Oh, I don't need an excuse.

    • C_R_Eature

      Wait…we're not?

      Why am I so Drunk, then?

      • Fukui_sanYesOta

        because you are a person of taste and distinction, natch

        • C_R_Eature

          I'll Drink to That!

          • ShaveTheWhales

            Pleased to meet you.

  • Slim_Pickins

    Cancel my subscription to French Elle!

    • Chichikovovich

      Me too. I only read it for the chess column anyway.

  • rocktonsam

    ot

    Scott Walker SOTS address is on now. Greeted with booooourns.

    • Blueb4sunrise

      LIVEBLOG!!!!!!!!!!!
      (Starts re-pouring shots)

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      Tomatoes? Raw eggs?

    • Blueb4sunrise

      Gov. Jan Brewer

      "We don't like an ever-expanding government threatening our personal liberties," she said. "We don't like government living beyond its means and trying to be everything to everyone. "
      ……….
      "Brewer called on the federal government to build "the I-11," an interstate highway linking Phoenix and Las Vegas. She also insisted that federal officials sign a contract for forest thinning and management to prevent another year of wildfire devastation."

      Warning!! Warning!! Large photo of the Governor. http://www.azpm.org/news/story/2012/1/9/141-brewe

      • horsedreamer_1

        Apparently, the copper state is heavy in iron-y.

      • Fukui_sanYesOta

        Apparently Bammaz and Jan Brewer had a bit of a kerfuffle today.

        Supposedly the her book contained the following:

        She also described meeting the president at the White House in 2010 to talk about immigration. "I felt a little bit like I was being lectured to, and I was a little kid in a classroom, if you will, and he was this wise professor and I was this little kid, and this little kid knows what the problem is and I felt minimized to say the least."
        ok-her-to-task-for-her-book-during-trip-to-arizona/#ixzz1kWZDcqZw

        There's a photo of an agitated Brewer sticking her finger in Bammaz' face.

        • Blueb4sunrise

          Yeah, I stopped when I saw it was all 'Brewer said,….." Barack apparently had no comment.

      • ShaveTheWhales

        Warning! Warning! Cognitive dissonance Ahead!!!!

      • Guppy

        "We don't like an ever-expanding government threatening our personal liberties,"

        Off-white people have been saying that about the state government there for how long now?

    • rocktonsam

      some rascals shouted and got kicked out.

      begged small bidness owners to hire 1 person

      nice plan

    • Biff

      Too bad the word "blah" has been stricken from my vocabulary.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    I bet there are some grainy black and white photos of this France lady naked on the internet! When France, German and Holland ladies see a camera they just take their clothes off right away!

  • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

    "I'm not wearing any panties right now… In case… you… were wondering."

    • Blueb4sunrise

      Oh, you mean Nathalie…………..

      • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

        Or maybe Liz……

  • spends2much

    The best thing to come out of this whole sordid situation is the concept of lunchtime wine.

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Genuinely, the best part of "conferences" in Europe.

  • CountryClubJihadi

    I expected more from the love child of PePe Le Pew and Glenn Close. Off with her head, indeed.

  • C_R_Eature

    In France.

    That's pretty much it.

  • Limeylizzie

    OT But ou est les Hiboux? Owls where are you?

    • Chichikovovich

      D'accord. Je commence à m'inquiéter.

      • Limeylizzie

        I hate it quand il disparu.

        • user-of-owls

          Bon soir, amis. Please don't worry about me, I'm fine and still healthy. Six months on Jan 31. For a host of reasons, my relationship with our Wonkett turned sour. So I'm on leave without snark. I hope to return some day, mostly to enjoy the deep friendships we've formed here. But alas I cannot say whether that will happen. I'm checking in on a fairly regular basis, but lord knows things fly away from you quickly if you're not on day and night. For now, you could do me an enormous favor by looking after my kid brother Dewey. I truly feel I'm letting him down when he needs me and it makes me feel awful. So please make a special effort, will you? Oh, and tell Dok Zoom or whatever he's going by now what's going on with me. Like Dewey…and you both…he's been a tremendous source of emotional support. So, dear friends, adieu. O en mis palabras, hasta la proxima. Abrazos profundos.

          • Limeylizzie

            Oh Owls…….come back soon, the Wonkette needs your gentle snark.

          • Chichikovovich

            It's great to know you're OK – I really mean that because I really was concerned. But I'm – well, maybe "heartbroken" is too strong, but find some word intermediate between "very sad" and "heartbroken" – that you won't be actively with us. But I'm sure your reasons are good ones, so I'll just hope that you'll feel able to rejoin us soon.

          • Blueb4sunrise

            Oh geez damn crap fuck.

          • Nothingisamiss

            Lesser mortal that I am, I, too was worried. I'm glad you checked in to say you were doing well.

            Keep coming back.

          • user-of-owls

            As I said to young Dewey once in resurrecting a beloved Walnuts meme, "No cry albino iz be ok."

            Sorry, one more favor: Don' let the old memes die. They deserve better. Especially Cow-Dog-Negro.

          • ChernobylSoup

            Stay strong. And watch out for trains.

          • Chichikovovich

            I had to sent the last message quickly because my son had just finished soccer practice [indoor facility 1/2 hour from our home] and I had to get him back home to bed quickly. [School night].

            But I wanted to return to tell you, though I'm sure you already know, that even in your absence you'll have many of the most sarcastic people in the world thinking of you and wishing you well. If it turns out that you have good reasons not to rejoin us, please remember from time to time to visit a dormant week-old message, and leave a reply – if, from time to time, a note that says simply "[insert number here] months" shows up in my mailbox from Wonkette, I can share a quiet celebration with you at a distance.

          • ShaveTheWhales

            Well, merde. I hope it wasn't something we said. It's good that you're in good shape. Take care of yourself. You'll be missed.

  • WiscDad

    Did she think all Black American women wear the Aunt Jemimah 'mammie' dress and head wrap? Which I find offensive btw as an advertising ploy.

  • real_dc_native

    This is yet another reminder that there are three kinds of racists. There are racists like this trolup who are too stupid or ignorant to realize they are racists. There are the ones that are so stupid or ignorant that they are proud of their racism like East Haven Joe. Then there are the ones that realise that racism is wrong but you can't live in this society without absorbing some racism and fight every day to overcome thier racism.

  • mavenmaven

    We must now relabel chanel bags as "liberty bags"

  • tessiee

    Ms. Dolivo obviously can't think straight, because she was so dazzled by the sight of Michelle Obama riding through the streets of Paris in her convertible with her pet cheetah by her side.

  • owhatever

    Back to Freedom Fries.

  • MosesInvests

    Une con dozee, n'est ce pas, Limeylizzie?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    here is a song we learned in school about france people when we learning about different cultures.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QznsGPQSxoU&fe

    French people suck
    I just gotta say
    Made the jet fighters
    Go out of their way
    Hating Yankees too much
    Those beret-headed nuts.
    They can stick the Eifell Tower
    Straight up their butts.

    Last time I flew Air France
    Played a tune on my Uzi
    And made the sissies dance.
    Killed a hundred or more
    And I had a ball.
    Those freakin' frog suckers
    Be the death of us all.

    French people suck.
    French people suck.
    French people suck.
    French people can suck my…

  • tessiee

    Who cares what the French people think anyway? They don't even wear pants! Or so the song says, anyway.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    Off Topic (as Usual)
    But all this talk about France made me think of France's most famous export, Hilarious genius super pervert Serge Gainsbourg.
    Here is Serge Gainsbourg at his finest or perhaps most depraved with the song, "Les Sucetts" (The Lollipop) written and performed by the sweet, angelic and innocent France Gall. I think she was 17 at the time and was reportedly furious when she figured out the obvious double entendre of the song, which I find hard to believe that she didn't know it from the get go.
    This video is from a live performance of the song on French TV. See if you can figure out the subtle double entendre.
    Trust me, you will laugh…a lot! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-iysdFu_TQ&fe

    • ShaveTheWhales

      That is so ……French.

  • ttommyunger

    Mon Dieu! Certainmoi, I have a nose the size of a mango, bad skin, stringy dirty hair, a chronically rancid twinkie that would knock a buzzard off a gut-wagon, and eyes that look like two piss-holes in the snow-but I'm white.

  • Negropolis

    Obviously, she's never been to a black church on Sunday, but since she is from France, she shall be forgiven for her rank ignorance. Now, can I make some comment about armpit hair and French hygiene? I mean, fair is fair, right?

    Ooo, honey-child. Someone get this baguette over to Harlem, and get her some motherfucking ice tea real quick-like.

    BTW, I love this excuse from Europeans when they do this that "you don't understand our culture/racism doesn't exist, over here" as if the continent never dealt in African chattel slavery. Then again, it doesn't help that Josephine Baker kind of help start this shit with the banana dress. We've been not much more than exotic animals over there for quite some time, kind of like how they paraded around Pocahantas like some zoo curiosity.

    • Guppy

      Of course it doesn't exist over there: the slavery was implemented way out in the colonies for a reason.

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    So will Nathalie be the only female (inmate) at Gitmo?

  • MozakiBlocks

    Well damn…

  • fuflans

    see here's the thing. as you all know (or should, as i admit it all the time), i am quite shallow. i love fashion almost as much as i love the wonkette. really really love it.

    and here are things i know:

    michelle is a fashion icon.
    elle magazine is like 'in style' only with a french name.
    Nathalie is in a world of internet hurt.

  • ultraducharme

    Y'all apparently missed the commentary during French TV's coverage of the Obama inauguration when Aretha Franklin was singing. One of the knuckleheads from TF1 covering the event quipped, and I paraphrase: "On peut l'imaginer chanter pendant que les autres récoltaient le coton dans les champs," or "You can almost envision her singing while the others were picking cotton in the fields."

    Their race-dar is still on the fritz.

  • DahBoner

    Shouldn't all Frogs be wearin' stripes???

  • WeHaveIssues

    Speaking of fashion, awkwardness and black First Ladies – did everyone see Hillary Clinton [the original black First Lady] at the SOTU speech? Quite the fright, I had to look away.

    • shebeers

      Indeed, Madame Secretary was having a very bad hair day, kinda looked like she just got out of bed and only had time slap on a headband (I guess that is more dignified than a ponytail?) Then I remembered that Madame Secretary's schedule doesn't allow bedtime, so I thought maybe she's just sick and tired and doesn't give a damn. Next day after hearing about the rescue raid on the Somali "pirates? or just criminals," I felt kind of guilty for dissing her coif. However, the blame truly lies with Leon Panetta as he obviously kept her too long in the control room, leaving no time for hair and makeup! Of course since he had to sit by her at the SOTU he probably won't ever make that mistake again.

      HILLARY 2016!

  • Harry_S_Truman

    Oh, if only I weren't allergic to cats . . .