HOOOO BOY  5:00 pm January 25, 2012

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

by Liz Colville

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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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{ 271 comments }

Barb January 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

ME! I want to slap her!

Barb January 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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

Barb January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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

valgal2342 January 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

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

Extemporanus January 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

"That's bananas!"

- Zombie Josephine Baker

BornInATrailer January 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

La twat.

Chillwillard January 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Who? La Snowbillie Grifterette?

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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

real_dc_native January 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

More like La twit

YasserArraFeck January 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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

Madfall January 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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

Angry_Marmot January 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Austerity.

RedneckMuslin January 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Oups! That's FUBU.

HarryButtle January 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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

HarryButtle January 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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

Sorry. Must be the booze talkin'.

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

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

Beetagger January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

smashedinhat January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Not as bad as John Galliano. More subtle.

GOPCrusher January 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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

SorosBot January 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

C'est raciste!

Geminisunmars January 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

C'est bete, aussi!

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

In fact, it's my bête noir.

BarryOPotter January 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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

Extemporanus January 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Sacreblah!

Crank_Tango January 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Trop tôt !

Geminisunmars January 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Tres win!

Biff January 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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

Limeylizzie January 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Gagnez!

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Merveilliux!

Negropolis January 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Er … *especially.* *Especially.*

starfanglednut January 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Rescue boa constrictors are the worst.

Toomush_Infer January 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

It's a french look – ask Josephine…

Callyson January 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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

Biff January 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Yep, we really are that transparent.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Or that shameless. Either way works.

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Points, dood.

donner_froh January 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

In my dreams.

widestanceshakedown January 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

That is perfect!!!

Geminisunmars January 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

MzNicky January 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

[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 January 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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

Dr_Zoidberg January 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

So, so true.

rickmaci January 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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

Negropolis January 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm

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

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:18 am

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 January 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

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.

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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

SudsMcKenzie January 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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

RavenRant January 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

"Bangs" would be unobjectionable, in another context.

Geminisunmars January 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

RavenRant January 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

When I'm not feeling extra spontaneous.

Callyson January 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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

Negropolis January 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

Oh, Negropolis!

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

Veritas78 January 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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

chascates January 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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

Chet Kincaid January 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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.

Chet Kincaid January 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

"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 January 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

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.

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

Chester Himes.

poorgradstudent January 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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.)

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:23 am

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 January 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

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 January 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

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.

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:27 am

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.

MittBorg January 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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

widestanceshakedown January 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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?

Chillwillard January 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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

Nothingisamiss January 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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

Preferred Customer January 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Stupid Frog.

nounverb911 January 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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

MiniMencken January 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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

Pragmatist2 January 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

GorzoTheMighty January 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

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

coolhandnuke January 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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

WhatTheHeck January 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Noir est noir.

Geminisunmars January 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Noir et noir.

OneYieldRegular January 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Le vent nous portera.

Veritas78 January 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I want my bébé back…

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm

ribs?

elviouslyqueer January 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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

Extemporanus January 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Ratatouille Wonkettoise est un plat qui se mange froid.

OneYieldRegular January 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

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

Fare la Volpe January 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Take me now.

Crank_Tango January 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Diffamation de black !

Tundra Grifter January 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Quelle fromage!

weej_bain January 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Avec nez.

Tundra Grifter January 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

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

BarackMyWorld January 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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

Eve8Apples January 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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

MissTaken January 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

yes

Dr_Zoidberg January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Yes, they were.

Fred_Wertham_Jr January 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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

Mumbletypeg January 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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

MzNicky January 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Oh well DONE!

Mumbletypeg January 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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

MzNicky January 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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] January 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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

/fixed

MzNicky January 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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

Generation[redacted] January 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Ceci n'est pas une racial transcendence!

weej_bain January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Kein Scheiß!

BarackMyWorld January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Je vois ce que vous avez fait il y a.

MissTaken January 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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

FlownOver January 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Whaay do you sink I ave zis outraagious accent?

WhatTheHeck January 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

…because you smoke those wretched Gauloises?

littlebigdaddy January 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

MosesInvests January 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Ah blow mah nose at you!

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Ah fart in yeur general direction!

Angry_Marmot January 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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

OneYieldRegular January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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

arihaya January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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

Tundra Grifter January 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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

There. I fixed it for you.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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)

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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.

teebob2000 January 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

She has got le osseuse through le nez!

Callyson January 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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

weej_bain January 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

With his girth he gets to take all sides.

real_dc_native January 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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

mermera January 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

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.

DerrickWildcat January 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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

HistoriCat January 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Yeah – that nails it. Bravo.

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

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

MzNicky January 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Ouh, zass goood.

Steverino247 January 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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!

johnnyzhivago January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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

Paris.

real_dc_native January 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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

A: "The French Army on Maneuvers!"

Biff January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Motherfucker!

mrblifil January 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

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

Mojopo January 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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

donner_froh January 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

What's "facepalm" in French?

Generation[redacted] January 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Le facepalm.

Sharkey January 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Hitler?

ShaveTheWhales January 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Le cheeseburger.

Guppy January 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

"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 January 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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

Now, back to work.

Fukui_sanYesOta January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Not nearly rude enough

Va te faire enculer, Nathalie!

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

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

Harry_S_Truman January 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Dupa jasz.

SkinnyNerd January 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm
Sassomatic January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

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

FakaktaSouth January 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

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

FakaktaSouth January 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I adore him, so funny and smart.

MosesInvests January 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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 January 26, 2012 at 12:38 am

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 January 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Clair Huxtable* would have something to say about this.

*She was real to me, OK?

Toomush_Infer January 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Se la blah….

rickmaci January 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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

Fukui_sanYesOta January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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

Blueb4sunrise January 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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

Fukui_sanYesOta January 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

(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 January 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Wait…we're not?

Why am I so Drunk, then?

Fukui_sanYesOta January 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

because you are a person of taste and distinction, natch

C_R_Eature January 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I'll Drink to That!

ShaveTheWhales January 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Pleased to meet you.

Slim_Pickins January 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Cancel my subscription to French Elle!

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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

rocktonsam January 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

ot

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

Blueb4sunrise January 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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

Jukesgrrl January 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Tomatoes? Raw eggs?

Blueb4sunrise January 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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

Fukui_sanYesOta January 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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

Blueb4sunrise January 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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

ShaveTheWhales January 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Warning! Warning! Cognitive dissonance Ahead!!!!

Guppy January 26, 2012 at 12:34 am

"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 January 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

some rascals shouted and got kicked out.

begged small bidness owners to hire 1 person

nice plan

Biff January 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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

DerrickWildcat January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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!

Sharkey January 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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

Blueb4sunrise January 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Oh, you mean Nathalie…………..

Sharkey January 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Or maybe Liz……

spends2much January 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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

ShaveTheWhales January 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm

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

CountryClubJihadi January 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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

C_R_Eature January 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

In France.

That's pretty much it.

Limeylizzie January 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

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

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

D'accord. Je commence à m'inquiéter.

Limeylizzie January 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I hate it quand il disparu.

user-of-owls January 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

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

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Oh geez damn crap fuck.

Nothingisamiss January 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

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.

ShaveTheWhales January 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

We must now relabel chanel bags as "liberty bags"

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Back to Freedom Fries.

MosesInvests January 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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

DerrickWildcat January 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

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

DerrickWildcat January 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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 January 26, 2012 at 12:30 am

That is so ……French.

ttommyunger January 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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 January 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

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

johnnyzhivago January 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

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

MozakiBlocks January 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Well damn…

fuflans January 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

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 January 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

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 January 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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

WeHaveIssues January 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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 January 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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!

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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

Harry_S_Truman January 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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 January 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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

tessiee January 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

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)

Angry_Marmot January 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

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

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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.

MittBorg January 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

That sounds pretty cheeky, Marmot.

Wrong Hobbes, though.

ChernobylSoup January 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Stay strong. And watch out for trains.

Chichikovovich January 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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.

Negropolis January 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

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

widestanceshakedown January 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

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!

Advn2rgirl January 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

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

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