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The News-Virginian from Waynesboro, Virginia • 11

Waynesboro, Virginia
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Interim eatures Editor Gina arthing 932 3559 THURSDAY AUGUST 7 2008 SECTION Living The News Virginian 'Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren SUBMITTED PHOTO MEDIA GENERAL PHOTO Pop culture and politics can be a tricky mix ST Emily Romig of Staunton Victoria Ray is a graduate of Stuarts Draft High School and the Central Shenandoah Valley Regional School and plans to attend college to pursue and further her love of theater and the arts Emily Romig is a graduate of Robert Lee High School and plans to attend college this fall to pursue her love of theater the arts and history 4' Pop culture references in campaigns always involved celebrities Wai penchant for piercing earns him unwanted public attention But arguably the most famous pop culture reference in a campaign ex quisite in its succinctness was Richard 1968 four word appearance on and Laugh inton ing the catch phrase it to (Nixon added the question mark) He defeated Hubert Humphrey whom producers apparently get By 1992 candidate Bill Clinton knew how valuable it would be to play the sax ophone bn Arsenio Hall And these days a virtual rite of nassaee for candidates to appear on the late night shows sometimes they even announce their candidacies on them They simply chat They duly ap pear in Night skits read out David often humiliating Top Ten lists dr suffer through partisan questioning in case from host Jon Stewart Mutt and Jeff Dezmond Jones takes his 12 week old yorkie poodle Peanut on his first walk Tuesday down Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg Peanut weighs in at four pounds and won't get any bigger tomfoolery herself In her video posted on the comedy site unny or Die the doe eyed hotel heiress says America Paris Hilton and a celebrity Since that white haired put her in one of his ads she says lounging in a leopard print swimsuit with keyhole cutouts and metallic pumps guess that ineans I running for She' campaign against Adlai Stevenson mses ivicvains ano uoama energy talk ing points into her own succinct hybrid proposal then announces off to find a VP Not that she had the last word Hilton might not be as big a celebrity as Barack Obama but she obviously has a better energy said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds All this back and forth between a so cialite most famous for a jail term and a sex video and the man who might be president could seem to some a dan gerous blurring of the lines between pop culture and politics But those who study such things say these lines have long been blurred we produce in this country more than anything is pop said Todd Boyd professor of popular culture at USC natural he said that the two worlds sometimes merge rom left Joe Morse husband of the late Lillian Perkins Morse presents a 2008 Lillian Perkins Morse Scholarship Award to scholarship recipient Victoria Ray Emily Romig receives her Morse Scholarship Award from Waynesboro Players President Charlie Lawson By Jocelyn Noveck tnensociatea Press a former Democratic speechwriter imag NEW YORK Pop culture sure moves ined the ad had been dreamed uo some aging boomer at the campaign late at night surrounded by old issues of Peo Political satirist Andy Borowitz meanwhile could only note that this was the same candidate who calls his oppo nent a reference to response to energy proposals 1962 James Bond movie the kids today oughtta love In seriousness many have pointed out page Marty Kaplan a media analyst and publicly called it and said: tomfoolery needs to Hilton though was game for a little ter Mondale in a 1984 debate took the inventive step of channeling a well known commercial Of rival Democrat I Gary policies he asked: the It was of course the slogan of the classic ad And as far back as 1952 Dwight Eisenhower used newfangled Walt Dis i ney animation in a groundbreaking TV ad still viewable on YouTube for his DEAR ABBY: I am an 18 year old male and every day 1 face judgment cruel remarks disapproving stares and other harassment The reason? I want to be a tattoo and piercing artist I cur rently have one tattoo (which my shirtsleeve covers) and rom staff reports more than 20 piercings Eight of The Waynesboro Players the piercings are in my face would like to announce that and most of the others are in the 2008 Lillian Perkins irS'i main ea are Morse Scholarship Award has stretched out to a half inch been awarded to both Victo Ray ot Stuarts Draft and H1U1UUI OVUW ment or someone staring slack jawed Even friendly inquiries are becoming irritating passionate about tattoos and piercings and have been since childhood I chose my piercings to balance each other and create an art form on my face and ears At school I was judged and stereotyped at the beginning of each year and would go out of my way to prove I am a nice respectable human being with feelings Now with a new school term approaching how can I get people to stop judging me and asking dumb questions like bad did that UTURE SKIN ARTIST PORT HURON MICH DEAR UTURE SKIN ARTIST: You have chosen to look different so you be surprised at the staring and the questions The sooner you realize it and learn to answer the questions without being de fensive the better your chances will be ot being accepted PS Perhaps in the future 'you should consider moving to Los Angeles In this town every one has seen almost everything and people who are different are less shocking DEAR ABBY: I have been dating for four years very much in love and usually get along well The problem is a scheduled ori ented person I like to plan ahead what going to do and what time going to do it Daryl on the other hand hates schedules and sometimes flat out refuses to commit to something because he want to be tied to one I have tried to be more flexi ble and I think Daryl has tried to bend a little for me too However worried that this issue will eventually come be tween us I want to break up with him over it because I really do love him and this seems like a petty thing Please advise CLOCKING IN ROMILLINOIS DEAR CLOCKING IN: Your concerns are not petty I know how Daryl is but men who to and want to be tied are often not only extremely disorganized but also confirmed bachelors You and Daryl have been dating for four years Please give serious consideration to whether this is the way you gesting celebrity was of the want to spend the rest of your same inconsequential nature life because your differences I Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? will be a constant source of fric quipped Daniel Kurtzman Hon I editor of the abouLcom political humor This undated image made from video and provided by unny or Die Inc shows Paris Hilton Paris Hilton the blonde doe eyedcelebrity thrust into the presidentiakXXTin an ad by Republican candidate John McCain issued a tart rebuttal Tuesday quickly Just last week Paris Hilton was so 20 minutes ago And John McCain was drawing snickers from pop culture afi cionados for choosing her and another relative has been Britney Spears in his attack ad against Barack Obama But now with cheeky video riposte to the McCain ad thrusting her back into our collective consciousness current again And so the head spins: Does that mean John McCain is now cutting edge? that ad and a second one us Maybe One thing though is clear: ing Charlton Heston's Moses to mock Politicians have long used pop culture soaring rhetoric amount to a references to bring a little spark to their clever trick: turning what are some of campaigns and its a risky business greatest strengths into nega When you hit it just right it can work fives wonders But you better make sure And whether the presumed Republi you re up to date Otherwise a campaign can nominee will benefit in the polls can be accused of being well so 20 min certainly gotten attention The Project for utes ago Excellence in Journalism which meas Which is what pop culture scholars ures media coverage of the candidates and humorists have been saying about said he managed to virtually tie Obama whoever dreamed up Paris Brit in press attention the week of July 28 ney ad which recall juxtaposed Aug 3 for the first time since the kick images of the two with footage of Obama off of the general election feted by adoring crowds in Berlin sug But the Spears Hilton ad especially has beenroundly criticized for being ci ther unfair illogical or trivial and not just by those with Democratic leanings John Weaver a former top McCain aide now estranged from the candidate has Waynesboro Players award two Morse scholarships mmr 'a A iwmkv fa A 'T WSW MW A Vr BL 4jfB 1 4 a A 'Vr TH ft TOM 4 a rgtzJlBb 4 xllr Wk '''nv 7 Ol Ol.

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