28 March 2011

Vogue to Syrians: Eat Shit continued

Joan Juliet Buck goes on to demonstrate absolutely that she has the political nous of a maggot. There is no way she was being ironic here:

The presidential family lives in a modern apartment in Malki. On Friday, the Muslim day of rest, Asma al-Assad opens the door herself in jeans and old suede stiletto boots, hair in a ponytail, the word happiness spelled out across the back of her T-shirt. At the bottom of the stairs stands the off-duty president in jeans—tall, long-necked, blue-eyed. A precise man who takes photographs and talks lovingly about his first computer, he says he was attracted to studying eye surgery “because it’s very precise… and there is very little blood.”

The old al-Assad family apartment was remade into a child-friendly triple-decker playroom loft surrounded by immense windows on three sides. Asma al-Assad likes to say, “You’re safe because you are surrounded by people who will keep you safe.” Neighbors peer in, drop by, visit, comment on the furniture. The president doesn’t mind: “This curiosity is good: They come to see you, they learn more about you. You don’t isolate yourself.”

There’s a decorated Christmas tree. Seven-year-old Zein watches Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on the president’s iMac; her brother Karim, six, builds a shark out of Legos; and nine-year-old Hafez tries out his new electric violin. All three go to a Montessori school.

Asma al-Assad empties a box of fondue mix into a saucepan for lunch. The household is run on wildly democratic principles. “We all vote on what we want, and where,” she says. The chandelier over the dining table is made of cut-up comic books. “They outvoted us three to two on that.”

I don’t think there is any need to go on

Anna Wintour - ugliness goes deep

As for the American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, the not-wife has a few choice words to describe her (primarily due to Wintour’s pro-fur stance)… Most of them rhyme with bunt, shunt and stunt. In relation to his article, she her words for Wintour and Buck were “A pair of callous bitches”.

On the evidence of this piece of fawning drivel I can only agree.


Francis Hunt said...

I had some faint hopes when Assad jnr. took over from his dad - they're all gone now.

The official younger hereditary monarchs, Mohammed in Marocco and Abdullah in Jordan, seem at least to have some understanding of the need for reform and civil developments in their societies and are trying (possibly only to save their necks) some kind of engagement with the wave of freedom sweeping the Arab world - though neither of them are by any means saints.

Baby Assad seems to limit his liberal views strictly to his private family life.

susan said...

I couldn't agree with the not-wife more if I tried. Vile people.

James Higham said...

What an amazing post and the names are all exotic, except for one.

jams o donnell said...

The hopes turned to ashes. Assad soon showed his true colours. He's showing them in spades now

As for the Jordan the situation is not as bad but it is most definitely not a good place to hold contrary views, no matter how PR savvy the monarchy is.

Vile beyond belief Susan

Amazing, in that it beggars belief James!

beakerkin said...


Before working as a Federale, I worked in the Fashion industry. There is no industry on the planet that comes close to level of self centered idiocy of fashonistas.

The magazine should stick to more appropriate topics for their readers like what wine goes with Prozac or what color how to fool drug tests.

jams o donnell said...

NO disagreement there Beakerkin!

Steve Bates said...

The not-wife calls her a "hunt"? :-)

jams o donnell said...

Actually it was bunt!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Most of them rhyme with bunt, shunt and stunt. In relation to his article"

Let me see: it would be "runt", "grunt" and ... er... "hunt" (no offense to the commentator above). Do I get a free ticket to Damascus?

jams o donnell said...

Of course Snoopy The package tour includes an arrest as a spy, a comfortable cell with hot and cold running walls, daily police massages (They do great things with batons) and guided trips down stairwells daily!

Anonymous said...

I read this article when it came out because Glenn Greenwald (Salon) called it "possibly the most embarrassing piece of journalism ever published."

There was a scene in it, I recall, where Brad and Angelina and kids are visiting, taking a drive with the royal family, and Brad is nervous that there are no bodyguards. No need, is Asma's reply, when the people love you. The Syrian people are our security. (I'm paraphrasing, of course, but the complicity of the writer was shocking.)

Thanks for your rant! Vogue on world politics is worse than Fox on climate change.

jams o donnell said...

You're welcome anonymous. It was a vile piece of fluff.