Wednesday, May 25, 2005

“I don’t ask for your belief – just your attention.”

The Movie: Where the Boys Are, 1960 (George Wells, screenwriter, from the novel by Glendon Swarthout)
Who says it: Jim Hutton as TV Thompson, a college boy on his way to Fort Lauderdale
The context: TV has just told Tuggle (Paula Prentiss) a long story about why he was hitchhiking instead of driving to Florida.
How to use it: When exaggerating for effect.

Are you, like me, creeped out by Tom Cruise's Very Public Displays of Affection for Katie Holmes? It's not the age difference -- I'm in no position to criticize that -- and it's not the height difference, because at 5'9", Katie Holmes would be limiting her options a lot if she dated only taller men.

It's the frantic publicity of it all. Yes, when you fall in love with someone, you want to talk about that person all the time. You want to hear their name spoken by others, and linked to you. You manipulate conversations to make that happen, and you rearrange your social schedule to make yourself available whenever that person wants to see you. (Or, okay, I do. But it can't just be me.)

But you do NOT go on national television to show off your new significant other like a shiny new toy you just bought at Neiman-Marcus. Do you? (Gosh, maybe I would, and it's just that I've never had the opportunity... hmm. Nope, don't think so.)

Am I missing something here? What happened to the idea that if you gloat too much about something in public, the universe takes it away? (That's just my cultural heritage speaking, but it's Tom Cruise's cultural heritage too.)

My cousin Sheila, watching this spectacle from her West Hollywood bungalow, decided that she could no longer sit idly by -- especially not after she saw Katie Holmes on "Oprah," looking like a deer caught in the headlights.

As another one-time nice Catholic girl from Ohio, Sheila felt compelled to launch a rescue effort, and asks us all to join in the fight. By wearing one of her custom-designed "FREE KATIE" t-shirts, you can show your moral support for a young woman who now appears to be in way, way over her head... even in three-inch heels.


Anonymous said...

Katie Holmes is a beard. Plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Those readers who don't know what that means would be both scandalized and most likely in agreement.

Not that I care, but is Tom, as a highest-level Scientologist, allowed to date outside the group. Isn't part of what broke up his marriage to that tall Australian woman the disgreement over how the kids would be raised -- Catholic or cultish?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your support! T-shirts have already started moving and I feel better knowing that we are finally doing something instead of just watching this train wreck.

Don't EVEN get me started on what he said about Brooke!!!!


Anonymous said...

The lady (and he) doth protest too much, methinks.


Guyot said...

Sorry, folks, but it's a fraud. There is no relationship.

But I do hope you sell a ton of t-shirts.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I'm sure Cruise will try to drag Holmes into the Scientology Organized Crime Family. He had recruits for that money-grubbing group on the set of his latest must-miss waste of celluloid. If she's a Catholic she might want to know what Tommy's guru said about Catholics. He called them "those sons of bitches, the Roman Catholics."

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a semi-amusing until someone sent me the site.
Words fail me. Can it be that bad os is this a biais view? It truly reads like bad 8th grade fiction.

By the way, for those who didnt see the Cafe Press link: there are more options to the left under BROWSE DESIGNS.
My favorite is the

I"m getting this one!!!



Claire said...

"Free Katie" has reached the younger generation--it's featured in this week's collection of links on Not bad. Enough lonely and jealous teenaged boys should see that and buy shirts to keep things rolling for a long time.