Last week, a busybody speculated aloud that my favorite red lipstick is full of lead that will give me cancer. (My reaction can be summed up by this 2008 post.) Right after that conversation, I saw that lots of news organizations were picking up a story about a pair of Dutch artists — Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug — who applied a year’s worth of makeup in a single day to model Hannelore Knuts for a film called “Natural Beauty.”
Okay, interesting art project. But I’m annoyed by the news-site comments and self-flagellating blog posts saying, “Women are terrible! Look what we do to ourselves with all this makeup!” WTF? This project says nothing meaningful about your life. A year’s worth of anything in one day would be bad — vitamin C, antibiotics and carrots included. I certainly wouldn’t give Henry the dog a year’s worth of dog food in one day. He has no “off” switch and would eat till he exploded. But that doesn’t mean dog food is bad and that I should starve him all year. Jebus! Stop creating a moral and/or health issue out of a stunt. And don’t ever talk shit to me about my lipstick unless you’ve got an advanced degree in chemistry in one hand and a list of ingredients in the other. Kthxbai!