This is Hillary Clinton’s new campaign ad:
Pretty clever. Would mean more to me, I imagine, if I’d ever seen a single episode of The Sopranos, no less the final episode, but even having not, I get it. It’s fun. It’s vaguely hip. Just the attempt is actually quite charming.
Ann Althouse does not think any of these things.
Ann Althouse thinks it was a failure on many levels: 1. “Not everyone gets HBO, so you’ve got a cultural reference that’s a bit elitist.” 2. “Tony is a monstrous criminal and Carmela willfully blinds herself to his horrible flaws so that she can keep living in a highly desirable house. Are these good associations for Hillary?” 3. “Bill is a much better actor than Hillary, and this heightens the sense that she’s a pale substitute for the old President we can no longer have.”
But it’s really #4 on her list I want to highlight:
Bill says “No onion rings?” and Hillary responds “I’m looking out for ya.” Now, the script says onion rings, because that’s what the Sopranos were eating in that final scene, but I doubt if any blogger will disagree with my assertion that, coming from Bill Clinton, the “O” of an onion ring is a vagina symbol. Hillary says no to that, driving the symbolism home. She’s “looking out” all right, vigilant over her husband, denying him the sustenance he craves. What does she have for him? Carrot sticks! The one closest to the camera has a rather disgusting greasy sheen to it. Here, Bill, in retaliation for all of your excessive “O” consumption, you may have a large bowl of phallic symbols! When we hear him say “No onion rings?,” the camera is on her, and Bill is off-screen, but at the bottom of the screen we see the carrot/phallus he’s holding toward her. Oh, yes, I know that Hillary supplying carrots is supposed to remind that Hillary will provide us with health care, that she’s “looking out for” us, but come on, they’re carrots! Everyone knows carrots are phallic symbols. But they’re cut up into little carrot sticks, you say? Just listen to yourself! I’m not going to point out everything.
The first comment on her post, from a commenter called “dave™©” is:
Lady, you are bug fuck crazy.
Bug. Fuck. Crazy.
I don’t know that I can really improve on that.
However, let me just point out that, although context is always important, statements like “I doubt if any blogger will disagree with my assertion that, coming from Bill Clinton, the ‘O’ of an onion ring is a vagina symbol” are problematic because if, say, an onion ring is only representative of a vagina “coming from” a specific person, and there are multiple other reasons for including that onion ring (the Sopranos finale; Bill’s infamous battle with junk food), such assertions are, indeed, quite easily debatable.
If Clinton had poked an onion ring with a cigar, she might have been onto something, though.
[Thanks to Blogenfreude for the heads-up.]