Sexiest Man in the World?

People Magazine claims that country-and-western singer Blake Shelton is the “sexiest man in the world” and that has sparked complaints because he is white and male.

I cannot describe how this kind of thing depresses me.

First of all, who in their right mind believes there’s a “sexiest man in the world”? If anything in the world is subjective it has to be sex. To some women in Shakespeare’s play, Richard III was the sexiest man alive. And he was – from his own description – a mess.

Standards of physical attraction vary widely from culture to culture. And from person to person.

Look around you and you will see wedding rings on the fingers of men and women who would never appeal to you. Obviously, they’re sexy to someone – or were sexy at some time.

According to an article my nephew Chris sent me, People Magazine’s critics argue that:

… the choice indicates that People Magazine is itself racist and part of the white supremacy movement to elevate white people above people of color.

A writer for Salon goes even farther, claiming that;

… it reinforces and celebrates toxic white male sexuality and elevates a white man to a position of popular acclaim.

Obviously, this is nonsense. Does the Salon writer expect the magazine to name a female  “sexiest man in the world”?

What the feature says to me is that People Magazine’s editors are really, really silly and their readers must be severely brain damaged.

The article Chris sent me – “by Paul Craig Roberts with added notes by Lasha Darkmoon” – is even more bizarre than the People Magazine feature. The headline – “Are Whites Being Set up for Genocide – is ludicrous. The suggestion of a conspiracy to wipe out the white, male rulers of American culture is plainly preposterous.

This kind of silliness trivializes a real problem in our society, a problem that has deep-rooted and complex origins. Solving it will take time and sober consideration – not nonsensical conspiracy theories.

Here’s the article.

5 thoughts on “Sexiest Man in the World?

  1. People Magazine’s targeted audiences are White people and I am betting White women. I have only seen People magazine being sold a grocery stores and it is mostly women who do the shopping. Yes, Blake is a very nice looking White man. Personally, I am partial to Shemar Moore.
    Magazines have targeted audiences. i.e Jamaican Diaspora Magazine can be bought by clicking this link:
    The cover is always a former Miss Jamaica World, Miss Jamaica Universe, Miss Jamaica diaspora, Miss Jamaica earth or a popular male singer.

  2. THERE IS A PHRASE …” Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. The white race have successfully convinced the western world that their pinched noses, long straight hair, thin lips and white (pink) skin are the trademark of beauty. However that is changing and beautiful women from India, China, First Nations and Africa etc. are beginning to appreciate the inherent beauty of their women. Look about you and you will see more and more men and women wearing their traditional dress and headdress. The beauty pageants in America show mostly white, slender women with medium sized breasts and the contestants that have darker skin, lean towards long, straight hair, and features that tend to be more Caucasian in appearance. Personally I have seen and admired women from China, India, Africa, First Nations and the Caucasian races like Italy, Germany, Ireland, England etc, etc, etc…. The woman of my dreams who captured my heart and gets more beautiful as time goes by is, like me, of mixed races. Billy G.

  3. Beyond the absurdity of that story, it is nevertheless interesting because it is an example of other similar content that is rife within some alternative media and the Internet. Here are some other examples:

    Regarding “decolonization”:

    On the “whiteness” of mathematics:

    Van Jones talks about “whitelash”

    Evergreen College:

    Whether this is all derives from media manipulation or genuine cultural change, the perception that western culture is under siege is exerting definite political effects. For example, I predicted the Trump election victory, even when many people seemed shocked by it. That prediction was based on observing a previous pattern of history, namely, the rise of the 3rd Reich. In my estimation, the NAZIs rose to power, not only because of economic hardships, but because of cultural grievances. In our time, the debate about genderless bathrooms, for example, has been understood as being part of a concerted attack against western civilization and its culture.

    That said, while the Trump came to power by very much the same cultural and economic forces that swept the NAZIs to power, it is nevertheless not accurate to equate the Trump with Hitler, nor his administration with the NAZI party. The following was quoted from a book entitled _The Third Reich and Christianity_ :

    “We will have to deal with Christianity in a tougher way than hitherto. We must
    settle accounts with this Christianity, this greatest of plagues that could have
    happened to us in our history, which has weakened us in every conflict. If our
    generation does not do it, then I believe it would drag on for a long time. We must
    overcome it within ourselves.”
    – Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler; Speech to top leaders of the SS, June 9, 1942 Berlin

    Indeed, there is a significant idiological difference between the current administration and National Socialism. For example, while eugenics was integral to NAZI ideology, it is rejected by the so-called “religious right” which forms a bedrock of the Trump base. With such a huge idiolgical gulf, it might seem barely conceivable that the current “NAZI cycle” might degenerate to the level of attrocities attributed to National Socialism. Even so, there is no guarantee that it cannot be metasicized by a Reichstag event such as the perceived inappropriate removal of Trump. To quote _The Wizard of Oz_, “These things must be done delicately.”

    In any case, the current narrative of cultural siege, especially with its (apparently recent) emphasis on ethnic divisiveness, can serve to nurture and amplify future cultural disturbance, whether by accident or design.

    The current NAZI cycle is still young.

  4. P.S., In my last post, I meant to provide a link to a video featuring Van Jones on CNN (there ought to be an obedience school for computers). Here it is:

    In that video, Van Jones goes on to explain Trump’s election victory as a “whitelash”.

    But Trump’s victory was predictable by considering only its three most significant components:

    + A gradual but inexorable economic decline experienced by a significant fraction of middle-income Americans

    + Cultural grievances as already discussed.

    + Unflattering content about Hillary Clinton carried largely by alternative media sources. Pro-Hillary interests tried to disparage such content as “fake news”. This was before Trump, and alternative sources, turned the tables and began to apply that label to such as CNN.

    As human beings, we’re a diverse lot, with many flaws. Some flaws are physical, and others are idiological. Presumably, there will aways be racists amoung us; and even persecuting them would be useless because they’ll just fester underground. But I incline to the perception that the factors above are enough to account for Trump’s election victory and that any racist component is a distant, neglibible minority. Even Obama himself observed that Americans voted for him twice. Where was the “whitelash” then ?

    Indeed, trying to equate the relevant cultural grievances with “whiteness” seems like an obvious and cynical tactic. For example, the following article describes a Nigerian blowback to perceived cultural interference from the United States:

    As another example, and was able to observe that Hindustan culture is very conservative, even holding to customs that might seem at home in the American Bible Belt. But even there, such traditions were under challenge from what the Indians perceived as “westernization”.

    And it would seem obvious to extrapolate this trend to the Islamic world also.

    In short, the world is filled with angry people; and they’re not angry because they’re white or because they’re men. They’re angry because their cultures are being disrespected and vandalized. When they’re also being impoverished, that serves to amplify that anger.

  5. OMG. Everyone is so quick to take offense! People Magazine has been doing this sexiest man thing for as long as I can remember. They are basing it on their target audience. Does what they say have any baring on the truth? I don’t know, nor do I care. Blake is not my sexiest man, but he must be someones on their selection committee. If you don’t like the choice, buy a different magazine. For the love of sanity, stop this STUPID infighting, all this does is divide us. In 2016 The Rock was BET’s sexiest man alive, I didn’t see anyone take up arms!

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