Germaine Greer in The Guardian’s World News section: “If Michelle Obama’s such a great dresser, what was she doing in this red butcher’s apron?”
The one sour note to resound through the jubilation at the election of Barack Obama was an undercurrent of fear and loathing of the dress Michelle Obama wore on election night. […]
[Her daughters’ dresses] Any colour is better than pink, but these robust choices hardly strike one as girly. […]
[Michelle Obama’s dress:] The effect of the strong contrast was to turn a mere frock into a poster in the most disturbing colours known to man, the colours of chaos. The juxtaposition of a rectangle of red on a black field is what we might expect to find on a flag or a shield. Coral snakes and venomous spiders signal their destructive potential by the display of similarly violent contrasts. […]
The Obama organisation used to be proud to tell us that Michelle doesn’t have a stylist. I bet she does now.
Fashion bellyaching combined with a Scary Black Woman dog-whistle? Come ON.
The comments are full of people asking who switched the byline, or whether this is some sort of twisted Guardian joke. I was also waiting for the punchline that never came. If this was supposed to be satire – she’s doing it wrong. And she’s well and truly literate enough to know that.
I can’t decide whether to just be disgusted, or whether to give in to the embarrassment squick that’s taking hold. I might go to sleep instead.
[No fashion critiques in comments, please. SRSLY.]