A supermodel speaks, and it ain’t pretty

Yes, I do follow popular culture, at least to the extent that I know who Bella Hadid is. She’s a very wealthy  21-year-old supermodel (as is her sister Gigi), with both sisters the offspring of a very wealthy Los Angeles real-estate developer.  Bella was voted “Model of the Year” in 2016, and you can see her virtually everywhere advertising fashion and makeup.

Also sneakers. Here, if you have the stomach to watch it, is an eight-minute video of Hadid going shopping for Nike sneakers with Joe La Puma, whoever he is.  She’s known for wearing sneakers, even with fancy dresses, and is an official spokesperson for Nike. (That means her “purchase” of sneakers at the end is bogus.)

Notice these things:

1.)  Hadid’s repeated use of the words “homeboy”, “dope” and “sick” as synonyms for “friend”, “awesome” and “cool,” respectively. She also says “fresh”, which here doesn’t mean “not stinky”, but “new and in style.” These words started out in the black community, and Hadid may have picked them up because she dated a black rapper named The Weeknd; but they’ve now become general argot among Millennials. Even Matthew knew what “dope” meant!

2.) Hadid’s implication that she’d have sex with a guy who wore the right sneakers (my emphasis). At 1:32 you can hear this:

“Sneakers on a man is definitely the first thing I look at, so if you’re going to have a dope shoe both guys and girls can wear, come on, matching shoes? That’s dope.”

When asked what sneakers she didn’t like, Hadid added:

“You know what? I’m cool with it and I don’t mind dirty sneakers but they better be fresh.”

“If homeboy’s coming through with these [shows a pair of sneakers] it’s quiet for him, but if he comes through with these…you got some Air Maxes out here; you’ve got some Jordans.”

“Homeboy’s going to like, get it.”

I can only imagine what “it” is. Watch the rest of the video at your peril. For some reason—probably the laws of physics—I was compelled to post it.

Remember, as mushbrained as this woman is, she makes more money in two years than any of us will make in a lifetime.  All it takes is looks, some wealthy parents, and a bit of plastic surgery.

Hadid has been called out for using black argot in this video, which is “cultural appropriation”. But, as Cosmopolitan notes, she’s also been called out for the whole interview, which is not dope. Here are a few tweets:

another:

. . . and the best one:

72 Comments

  1. Craw
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Dope.

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Damn, boss, now you had to go and harsh my mellow.

    • Merilee
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      @Ken: ya might need to marsh some mallows to get your mellow back. Je, too.

  3. BobTerrace
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know who these people are and I don’t care to know. They live in an artificial world that is of no use to real people.

    They can live as they please but I wont spend more than a minute of my time on them.

    • Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      Yes, and exactly why did you make this comment? To show that you’re above all this?

      • BobTerrace
        Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

        No, to express that I am angry at being subjected to it daily from all kinds of sources. I can not go hide myself away to allow these people to take everything over.

  4. Merilee
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Sick, in the old sense. I can’t believe the love affair with purposefully ripped jeans, for which an extra pretty penny is paid. I’ve even seen women wearing them to the opera, thinking they look dressy/classy. I’d say dope in the old sense🤢 Off my lawn with the lot a ya!

    • BJ
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      “I’ve even seen women wearing them to the opera, thinking they look dressy/classy.”

      What the hell is happening to this world?!?

      /NOTSARCASM

      • BobTerrace
        Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        I’ve seen people wear T-shirts and shorts to a funeral.

  5. alexandra Moffat
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    she’s not even very pretty, but I must be wrong. I grew up in the era of Greta and Ingrid and Grace and Julie….who leave her in the dust. As for torn fashion‘jeans – isn’t that insulting to those who have a hard time affording to buy new after wearing out the torn ones they wore out by hard work?

    • BobTerrace
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I don’t care for her looks either.

      Torn jeans are idiotic.

    • Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      I tried a Google Images search and couldn’t spot a single photo where she looks more than ordinary. I wonder if she even made Homecoming Queen.

    • Filippo
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      I’m reminded of visiting with a certain charitable female relative who, by chance seeing a high school classmate of mine, proceeded to “bless” me with her personal opinion of the gal, saying she “looks like hell,” and also made pointed reference to her bow legs.

      Since the gal in question didn’t hear these kind comments, she (mercifully) got nothing out of it. I can aver that it did me absolutely no good. I presume that the good Christian relative got something positive from uttering these sweet sentiments. I said nothing in response because if possible I wanted to Keep The Peace and salvage the few remaining crumbs of what positive encounter could be had. Of course, I was chomping at the bit to tell her that she herself needed to look in the mirror, and that perhaps she should pray for the gal to be miraculously delivered from the bow legs offending her delicate sensibilities.

      Regarding the supermodel, I wonder at what grade level she reads, and whether she can locate countries on a map showing country names.

      • Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        She came across as pretty articulate to me in spite of the (to my fifty one year old ears) jarring vocabulary. I wouldn’t mind betting her reading skills are pretty much up to scratch and, as a supermodel, she’s probably been to more of the countries on your map than I have.

  6. Kevin
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    The Italians have a great expression for this:

    “vendere la cacca come cacao”

    • Merilee
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Perfetto!

  7. Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, I find her ugly.

    • Wunold
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Me too. In appearance and character.

  8. GBJames
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Brain hurts now.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      I could only manage a couple of minutes. I can’t stand this type of person because their priorities, to me, are all wrong. It’s all about appearance rather than what’s on the inside of a person.

      Having said that, aren’t all the people commenting that they don’t find her attractive etc. (or even “ugly,” which is such a horrible word to use about anybody) doing exactly the same thing that she is? I find it offensive that several people seem to think her physical appearance takes away from her character.

      • merilee
        Posted December 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

        I don’t care what she looks like (and what is the diff between a super model and a regular model, anyway), but her shallow character seems pretty obvious from what she’s spouting.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

          Yes, it’s her shallow character that’s the problem here.

      • Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

        Whereas you seem to be judging her by some fluff piece of video that she’s probably been paid more than I earn in a quarter to appear in, unless it’s part of her sponsorship deal with Nike, in which case she’s probably being paid more than I earn in a lifetime for it.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted December 7, 2017 at 12:19 am | Permalink

          Agree with Jeremy there. It’s a long advert for trendy shoes, FFS. Not fair to judge her for following the script.

          If she was being interviewed about something meaningful, one might be able to judge whether she’s got a clue or two. But (overpriced, overhyped) shoes? – nah.

          cr

  9. Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    She needs to work on delivery, so very affected.

  10. Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    You definitely know more about pop culture than Dawkins!

    In an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Dawkins said he had never heard of Bob Marley!
    I know he was thinking mostly about selfish genes in the 70s but come on!

  11. Christopher
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care if she is shallow, obsessed with perpetuating female stereotypes, or air-headed youth stereotypes but I am sick and tired of the fascist, racist left thinking they and only they get to decide who gets to use certain words. Remember the good ol’ days, when it was only the far right who tried to control our lives, what we read, listened to, watched, wore, said or heard? FFS! (Am I allowed to say that? Maybe I’m too old or maybe it was first uttered by someone different than I? Gasp!)

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      The good old days were not good.

      • Christopher
        Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I know. And for reasons that should be all too clear, the line “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…” is one that sticks in my head often these days. Or, to put it another way: We Are F@cked. If I were to write a novel, a hate story perhaps, about our current situation I’d have to call it Incensed and Insensibility, excepting that I’d get attacked on twatter for mocking and appropriating a female writer’s book title. Or to misappropriate another quote, “We have met the enemy and they are us”!

  12. Wunold
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Me too. In appearance and character.

    • Wunold
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      Sorry for the double posting. WP didn’t show my first post until I sent the second one.

  13. Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m a homebody, myself.

  14. Liz
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I disagree with her on the slip-ons. If I see a man in a pair of Merrells, I’m like Baby got a green arrow to my heart. So he better come and hit it. I also like Merrells, though, and these are simply just awesome shoes for anyone. Maybe with a solid fabric instead of the mesh. https://www.zappos.com/p/merrell-barrado-black-leather/product/7460088/color/72

    I thought she was going to be more like Paris Hilton or one of the real, desperate housewives for some reason (I absolutely cannot stand). I have never heard of her. I watched the whole video and read a little of her Wikipedia page. I thought, for being only 21, she presented herself with confidence. That vocabulary didn’t really suit her, though. She’s better off without it. lol on the Weeknd. I took a quiz and apparently my rap name is Def Chip.
    http://www.playbuzz.com/rebeccam16/whats-your-rapper-name#eightieth

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Interesting. Mine is DJ Immortal Beatz.

    • barn owl
      Posted December 7, 2017 at 5:51 am | Permalink

      Snow Chainz. LOL!

    • Liz
      Posted December 7, 2017 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      I’m just making this up but I like Miss Jazzy Jukebocks. That is the correct spelling. Snow Chainz. lol

  15. Jake Sevins
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I once had a young lady tell me I was “dope as shit.” After a few hours of googling, I realized it was a compliment.

    Kids these days…

  16. Jake Sevins
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Some models are articulate and introspective.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 7, 2017 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      Good-looking and intelligent. Well spotted, Jake.

      cr

  17. Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of her and I was hoping she’d be a little more stunning in the video. That said, I thought she was pretty funny. I wonder what Trump would think of her? Would she get along with him? They both have a dyslexic way of communicating. In my experience, people like that can really gel.

  18. Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    When slang terms enter our language, sometimes they die an early death and sometimes they stick. My take is that they stick if they prove useful, such as having a unique meaning not served by any previously-existing word.

    My favorite example of that is “rip-off” or “ripped off”, which seems to have appeared sometime in the sixties and is still with us.

    As far as contributions from the black subculture are concerned I look for “imma” to take hold, as it’s an extremely efficient contraction for “I am going to…”

    tl;dr: Language evolves.

    • darrelle
      Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      My favorite example is “bit the dust,” as in “he bit the dust.” Besides aesthetic appeal I was fascinated as a teen to find that the phrase was used extensively by Homer (or at least translators thereof) in the Odyssey and the Illiad. I still find it fascinating that the phrase has been kicking around for well over 1000 years and it is still used the same way, to mean the same thing.

    • Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      A lot of common terms originated as army slang, e.g. ‘over the top’ or ‘shrapnel’ for loose change.

      One of my favourites is ‘doolally’ (as in ‘going dolally’) meaning ‘bonkers,’ which comes from Deolali transit camp in India notorious for psychological problems of those who passed through there.

      Older Brits might remember that the notiorious sitcom ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ was set there.

      • merilee
        Posted December 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

        had never heard shrapnel for loose change.

      • eric
        Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

        Don’t forget ‘snafu.’ 🙂

        • Merilee
          Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

          And fubar.

          • E.A. Blair
            Posted December 7, 2017 at 11:02 am | Permalink

            And JANFU.

            • Merilee
              Posted December 7, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

              JANFU was new to me.

              • E.A. Blair
                Posted December 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

                The J-A-N stands for Joint Army-Navy.

              • Merilee
                Posted December 8, 2017 at 9:13 am | Permalink

                Yeah, I saw that. No AF or Marines involved in the FU?

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted December 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

            The progression I heard was snafu, fubar, fubb –

            F***ed up beyond all recognition

            F***ed up beyond belief

            cr

            • Merilee
              Posted December 7, 2017 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

              Had never heard the last one.

  19. Posted December 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

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  20. Posted December 6, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Dope comes up a lot in this video. That’s significant.

  21. ALe
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    The Weeknd is not a rapper. He’s a pop singer who sounds a lot like Michael Jackson. In fact, he’s frequently compared to Michael.
    Here’s what he sounds like:

    His music is actually pretty good, and no, it doesn’t contain dumbed-down millenial-speak.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 7, 2017 at 1:26 am | Permalink

      Agreed, that song is 100% rap-free.

      I find the accused Noy Guilty of committing rap.

      cr

  22. Posted December 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Ghastly!

  23. eric
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I detect a form of karmic balance in play. For every person born with the ‘looks worthy of radio,’ there must be someone born with the ‘opinion worthy still shots.’

  24. K Scott
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Another pampered out of touch rich kid who thinks they know what’s going on. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE has said dope since 1988.

    • Jake Sevins
      Posted December 7, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      Nah, it’s still popular in the U.S. It was used a lot in rap songs in the 90’s and the 20- and 30-somethings today still use it.

  25. yazikus
    Posted December 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Slang vocab aside, I found it kind of cute! It is refreshing fresh dope (did I do that right?) to see a model promoting sneakers instead of heels. Sneakers allow for so much more mobility and are better for health in general. Take over the world with your sneakers, Bella!

  26. Dale Franzwa
    Posted December 7, 2017 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    I feel “compelled” to criticize Jerry’s oft-used phrase about the laws of physics (or nature) compelling him to put up this post or do anything in particular. So I apologize in advance. No, Jerry’s sense of disgust, etc. may have compelled him to put up this post but not the laws of physics. The laws of nature are “descriptive” but not “compulsive.” These laws won’t make me jump off the top of a tall building but they will describe my rate of descent if I do and what will happen to me when I hit the ground. My own mental condition at the time might compel me to jump. In Iran, women are compelled to cover their hair by the laws of that country but not by the laws of physics. I realize Jerry is using “the laws of physics” metaphorically but I feel such use is misleading. The laws of physics help us predict the future but they don’t compel it. Ok, I’ll leave this topic open for discussion at this point and try to remember to check back tomorrow night to see if there are any interesting comments.

    • Posted December 7, 2017 at 6:41 am | Permalink

      ” No, Jerry’s sense of disgust, etc. may have compelled him to put up this post but not the laws of physics.”

      So you suppose Jerry’s disgust was not the result of his brain activity, or in other words, the activity of his neurons would not work according to the laws of physics?
      For that would be the conclusion, from the assertion that it was not the laws of physics that were causal to his urge to write the above post.

  27. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted December 7, 2017 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    While we’re discussing modern jargon, my new pet hate, which has replaced ‘passionate’ at the top of my reduces-me-to-foaming-incoherent-ranting list, is ‘ossum’. (I think it’s spelled ‘awesome’).

    At the moment everything is ‘ossum’. FFS! Something awesome would be e.g. the second coming of Jesus, or maybe a large volcanic eruption, or just possibly (if you’re a car nut and stretching a point) a Ferrari 458 on full noise. It would *not* be a lift to the bus stop, or a cup of coffee, or a trendy pair of sneakers.

    (I suppose the obverse is ‘offal’ ?)

    cr

    • Merilee
      Posted December 7, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      We had an ossum possum at the back glass door last night, driving the puppy crazy. We did not let Lucy out for fear of her turning the possum to offal.

  28. Mike
    Posted December 7, 2017 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    I gave up after 15 secs,jesus these people are shallow beyond belief,another overentitled rich kid, who believes her words are worth listening to.

  29. E.A. Blair
    Posted December 7, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I’d never heard of Bella Hadid before reading this post, and I can’t say that my life is improved now that I know who she is.

  30. Posted December 7, 2017 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    A colleague of mine from CMU said he didn’t get Shakespeare until someone told him S. was a rapper. So I’m all for different language use and styles, but really …

  31. Posted December 7, 2017 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Whoa, she actually said that she would *save up* while in school, to buy one of those sneakers! Puhleeze!

    (Love the yeller crocs in the tw**t, btw.)


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