Pot Bellies are IN!

8/21/2009:

For all the Hoboken guys patiently waiting for their guts to “come back in style,” your time has arrived!

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“It’s hip to be round…”

The NY Times this week ran an article about how it’s now apparently not so bad to be sporting a bit of a pillow top!

“I sort of think the six-pack abs obsession got so prissy it stopped being masculine,” is how Aaron Hicklin, the editor of Out, explains the emergence of the Ralph Kramden. What once seemed young and hot, for gay and straight men alike, now seems passé. Like manscaping, spray-on tans and other metrosexual affectations, having a belly one can bounce quarters off suggests that you may have too much time on your hands.

“It’s not cool to be seen spending so much time fussing around about your body,” Mr. Hicklin said.

One person from the article suspected that there is only one Abercrombie & Fitch model in existence:

“When do you ever see that guy, anyway?” Mr. Morea asked, referring to those legendary Men’s Health cover models, with their rippling torsos and famished smiles. “The only time you really see that guy, he’s standing in front of an Abercrombie & Fitch store.” Perhaps, he suggested, there is really only one of them. “It’s the same guy. They just move him around.”

Just a fun Friday post that should enable you to proudly enjoy your happy hour beers!

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30 Comments on "Pot Bellies are IN!"

skateparkmom
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skateparkmom

Here’s a bunch of Abercrombie & Fitch models, pot bellies and all. Courtesy of Improv Everywhere, NYC.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

This issue was discussed in the mid 1990s. To wit:

FABIAN: I wish I had a pot.

BUTCH: You were lookin’ in the mirror and you wish you had some pot?

FABIAN: A pot. A pot belly. Pot bellies are sexy.

BUTCH: Well you should be happy, ’cause you do.

FABIAN: Shut up, Fatso! I don’t have a pot! I have a bit of a tummy, like Madonna when she did “Lucky Star,” it’s not the same thing.

BUTCH: I didn’t realize there was a difference between a tummy and a pot belly.

FABIAN: The difference is huge.

BUTCH: You want me to have a pot?

FABIAN: No. Pot bellies make a man look either oafish, or like a gorilla. But on a woman, a pot belly is very sexy. The rest of you is normal. Normal face, normal legs, normal hips, normal ass, but with a big, perfectly round pot belly. If I had one, I’d wear a tee-shirt two sizes too small to accentuate it.

BUTCH: You think guys would find that attractive?

FABIAN: I don’t give a damn what men find attractive. It’s unfortunate what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same.

BUTCH: If you had a pot belly, I’d punch you in it.

BklynHobo
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One of my favorite movies!

In response to HansBrix who said:
This issue was discussed in the mid 1990s. To wit:

FABIAN: I wish I had a pot.

BUTCH: You were lookin’ in the mirror and you wish you had some pot?

FABIAN: A pot. A pot belly. Pot bellies are sexy.

BUTCH: Well you should be happy, ’cause you do.

FABIAN: Shut up, Fatso! I don’t have a pot! I have a bit of a tummy, like Madonna when she did “Lucky Star,” it’s not the same thing.

BUTCH: I didn’t realize there was a difference between a tummy and a pot belly.

FABIAN: The difference is huge.

BUTCH: You want me to have a pot?

FABIAN: No. Pot bellies make a man look either oafish, or like a gorilla. But on a woman, a pot belly is very sexy. The rest of you is normal. Normal face, normal legs, normal hips, normal ass, but with a big, perfectly round pot belly. If I had one, I’d wear a tee-shirt two sizes too small to accentuate it.

BUTCH: You think guys would find that attractive?

FABIAN: I don’t give a damn what men find attractive. It’s unfortunate what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same.

BUTCH: If you had a pot belly, I’d punch you in it.

JJB
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mine to.

In response to BklynHobo who said:
One of my favorite movies!

MidnightRacer
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Then what is it that you disagree with my initial post? Because you agree with hard work ethic and exercise – the opposite of the PC spin that pot bellies are in.

So then what’s the problem? The mention that I believe Putin’s proud display of his pot belly might have something to do with it? Or that I despise political manipulators who fancy themselves as elitists? One of the worst forms of tyranny is to force people to do something because you think it’s good for them, with the belief that the populace cannot be possibly as smart enough to manage their own lives. And so they tell them how to think, what to value, what to ridicule. Could that be it? Because you don’t disagree with the work ethic point. And isn’t that what this thread is about? For self anointed elitists to have the audacity to believe the populace is so ignorant to not see through the suggested fashion trend of a pot belly being “in” only feeds their self delusion. Narcissism is all the rage I hear.

OK then, it’s an opportunistic drive by.

MidnightRacer
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Any C student can put in the hard work after high school, get into college or a career, and excel through hard work. Bush tried even harder that Senator Kerry, giving Bush a higher GPA, right? While Kerry married into money and lives a luxurious life off his wife’s family’s legacy, Bush was told that he had to make his own fortune first before going into politics. So what did he do? He went to work on oil rigs in the plains of Texas – really hot and muggy out there. Does his family have money? Yeah. But he still worked out in the plains, built his own fortune, got into a bit of baseball, then ran locally, and eventually ran and worked as Governor of Texas – one of the biggest economies in the union. That’s the message that any C student can do something with their lives regardless of past grades. Apply yourself and do it. Don’t listen to the PC crowd.

I still think Putin running around bare chested sporting a pot belly still has something to do with the article in this thread. That, and a seemingly love affair of the elite to socially engineer U.S. culture. That’s my opinion, isn’t it.

You can dislike it all you want, but in the end, I champion hard work and healthy exercise. You, I have no idea.

Derrida
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Derrida
I champion hard work and exercise too. I also champion euthanasia for those who possess all the indicia of homicidal dementia. Just to quote from your last missive regarding W: “Does his family have money? Yeah. But he still worked out in the plains, built his own fortune, got into a bit of baseball, then ran locally, and eventually ran and worked as Governor of Texas – one of the biggest economies in the union. That’s the message that any C student can do something with their lives regardless of past grades. Apply yourself and do it. Don’t listen to the PC crowd.” You’re just a big kidder, right? You’re like one of these guys who goes around freaking everybody out and when everybody starts worrying if they should call the cops and hide their children you step out of character and say, “JUST KIDDIN’!!” right? In response to MidnightRacer who said: Any C student can put in the hard work after high school, get into college or a career, and excel through hard work. Bush tried even harder that Senator Kerry, giving Bush a higher GPA, right? While Kerry married into money and lives a luxurious life off his wife’s family’s legacy, Bush was told that he had to make his own fortune first before going into politics. So what did he do? He went to work on oil rigs in the plains of Texas – really hot and muggy out there. Does his family have money? Yeah. But… Read more »
mooshu
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mooshu

Damn. Take a chill pill. Or lay off the soaps for awhile.

In response to Derrida who said:
I champion hard work and exercise too. I also champion euthanasia for those who possess all the indicia of homicidal dementia.

Just to quote from your last missive regarding W:
“Does his family have money? Yeah. But he still worked out in the plains, built his own fortune, got into a bit of baseball, then ran locally, and eventually ran and worked as Governor of Texas – one of the biggest economies in the union. That’s the message that any C student can do something with their lives regardless of past grades. Apply yourself and do it. Don’t listen to the PC crowd.”

You’re just a big kidder, right? You’re like one of these guys who goes around freaking everybody out and when everybody starts worrying if they should call the cops and hide their children you step out of character and say, “JUST KIDDIN’!!” right?

MidnightRacer
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What does it mean, Derrida?

It’s about the attitude that a group of elitists actually thinks they can engineer society at a whim to whatever fancies their twisties. Social modeling is manipulative. They actually think they can engineer society through repetitive suggestion of what is and is not “in”?

I’ve got a problem with those who ridicule achievement and coddle laziness like the latter is some kind of positive attribute. Don’t care if you’re an doctor, mechanic, engineer, or guitarist… you’re not gonna make it unless you put in the work.

I despise manipulative elitists who engage in insulting hard work ethic and nurture and embrace all those things which do nothing but enable self destructive illusions – like not committing to studies, not exercising to keep healthy, indulging in junk food to sport a pot belly that you should be proud of as the new “in” of fashion.

Be yourself, not someone the PC crowd molds you to be.

Derrida
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Derrida
So, in May of 2001, when, in his commencement address at Yale, George W. Bush said: “Most important, congratulations to the class of 2001. To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students I say, you, too, can be President of the United States. [Laughter] A Yale degree is worth a lot, as I often remind Dick Cheney[laughter]” Now, when you heard this you said to yourself, that W guy is an arsehole of the first order. His lack of effort and disrespect for the American work ethic and the nepotism that he enjoyed are clear evidence that that he is an enabler of “self destructive illusions”. Give it a rest Midnight. You seem to be a blow hard of the first order. Shouldn’t you be out at a Birther rally or disrupting an otherwise civil Town Hall Meeting? In response to MidnightRacer who said: What does it mean, Derrida? It’s about the attitude that a group of elitists actually thinks they can engineer society at a whim to whatever fancies their twisties. Social modeling is manipulative. They actually think they can engineer society through repetitive suggestion of what is and is not “in”? I’ve got a problem with those who ridicule achievement and coddle laziness like the latter is some kind of positive attribute. Don’t care if you’re an doctor, mechanic, engineer, or guitarist… you’re not gonna make it unless you put in the work. I despise manipulative elitists… Read more »
mooshu
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mooshu

Hear, hear.

And I like chest hair.

In response to MidnightRacer who said:
What does it mean, Derrida?

It’s about the attitude that a group of elitists actually thinks they can engineer society at a whim to whatever fancies their twisties. Social modeling is manipulative. They actually think they can engineer society through repetitive suggestion of what is and is not “in”?

I’ve got a problem with those who ridicule achievement and coddle laziness like the latter is some kind of positive attribute. Don’t care if you’re an doctor, mechanic, engineer, or guitarist… you’re not gonna make it unless you put in the work.

I despise manipulative elitists who engage in insulting hard work ethic and nurture and embrace all those things which do nothing but enable self destructive illusions – like not committing to studies, not exercising to keep healthy, indulging in junk food to sport a pot belly that you should be proud of as the new “in” of fashion.

Be yourself, not someone the PC crowd molds you to be.

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