Mixed Media

March 11, 2009


If the media is the message–what message is this ad sending?

This ad appeared in a current bar magazine for lawyers, advertising asset search services for attorneys.  In case you can’t read the text off my crappy cell phone pic, it says:  “Jenny Smith seem worth suing.  Unless you know she’s also Jennifer Kaminski, the real estate heiress.”

Clearly, the first message is that anyone with tattoos is shiftless, no-good, penniless scum; not worth suing because no one with tattoos could have any money, right? I think it’s even half-way implied that she’s homeless and living in her car.

As far as I’m concerned, this is another instance of blatant stereotyping of modified people by the media.

In a way, I suppose the ad could also be interpreted to mean that not all tattooed people are, in fact, homeless bums because the woman isn’t actually judgment proof–she just looks like it.   Nevertheless, the advertisers appear to think that that no one, judging from her appearance alone, would believe she is a upstanding member of society.

Except those of us with body art, of course, because we know better!

I’m starting to really not like Jerry Bruckheimer

March 10, 2009

Which is okay, since he apparently really doesn’t like us.  Pierced people, I mean.  Maybe it isn’t really dear ol’ Jerry–maybe somebody else in the CSI franchise, but I’ve posted about this before, here and here.  Now, the latest in CSI’s ongoing smear campaign against piercees:

Sweet girl

Sweet girl

In the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Las Vegas) episode called “Turn, Turn, Turn,” we have  a tale of a good girl gone bad and dying tragically.  In a contrived series of flashbacks, we see Nick as he encounters the dead body of the girl in the beginning (played by Taylor Swift who is apparently some kind of popular starlet) and backtracks through a year of calls to a particular seedy hotel.

In the first pic above, we see the girl in the beginning of the year, sweet and innocent.  The show even has her riding her bicycle with a friend through the crime scene, suggesting a carefree happy child.

Bad girl

Bad girl

However, as the episode unfolds, Nick encounters the girl several more times, each time appearing more “troubled.”    Here, you can see her with a nostril and lip piercing.  The lip piercing appears to move from scene to scene, btw.

From happy innocence to combat boots and piercing, to ignominius death.  The message here is clear:  If you get a piercing, you are a bad girl, a troubled teen, a punk. The media is using piercings as a shorthand for criminality.

Stereotyping much? Come on, Jerry, give us piercees a break.