KENNETH COLE (the fancy shoe maker)
Tonight on the Hour, Kenneth Cole was available to discuss his work in support of AIDS research, and the hip new fad called corporate responsibility. OK, that sounds like I disprove of the movement…and I don’t! Not entirely anyway…It depends on how the corporation decides to take responsibility…. I personally hate those special “we will donate a portion of…” brands that corps create for us to buy so we can wear our social consciousness like a badge… but that’s a conversation for another time…
Regardless, Kenneth Cole has made big strides in his attempts to garner money and attention for AIDS research… He creates witty, thought-provoking ads that reflect the public’s current reality… however; I was a bit bothered by his seemingly unashamed disclosure that Americans can’t be critical of or “anti-American” because it comes off as being unpatriotic. “But this is such an obvious and ordinary opinion” you may say… I KNOW! He is absolutely not the only person to make this assertion without shame. But my question is -Why is this always discussed as though it is unacceptable, yet accepted? I suppose, in a sense this is especially where the notion of being corporate AND responsible come in to conflict. Corporations want to be savvy and responsible, but they also need to have a positive reputation in the eyes of the public. If your “socially responsible” stance is not in step with the current public climate, then you risk loss of sales. Corps may want to send a profound message, but they still need to sell shit… so they can’t do anything that is too out of step with the public majority. The unfortunate part is that sometimes the very issue that requires attention is not popular. And this takes us back to Kenneth Cole. In the 80s he supported AIDS research when it wasn’t cool to do so, and he continues to work very hard to keep the focus in that direction. So I may have qualms with that whole notion of “corporate responsibility”… but for now he is off the hook.
THE BATTLE OF THE PRETTY BOYS- So George Clooney and Fabio had a little sissy fight in a restaurant? Looks like Strombo needs to keep up… someone find him a pretty boy to hit. He could’ve punched Kenneth Cole, but it probably would have wrecked the interview. Maybe we could get him and Jian Ghomeshi out to the same restaurant…..? Oh its just a joke.
DOG THE RACIST BOUNTY HUNTER– Friends with Micheal Richards? I wonder…maybe he should have borrowed his P.R guy, because that song and dance on FOX news was terrible!
Nigella Lawson (the Baker ;)- I love what this woman does. I love that she sounds like she really thinks about what she does. Food politics is much more a reflection of our culture and personalities than people ever bother to acknowledge, and its cool to know that she actively thinks about it, although she mostly seems to view it as a something sexual… which is a relevant, interesting but simple understanding. I really wished her and George could have talked more, I would have loved to hear more of what she thought about food taboos, and the “problem” or insecurities surrounding women eating in public…etc.