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Ask Miss Wendy -  Miss Wendy's Texas Love Advice to New York's Sexually Challenged

Miss Wendy's Texas Love Advice
Plus Some Occasional Comments on the
State of the Popular Culture

Ask Miss Wendy
L-R: Michael Mazocco, Wendy R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
Photo Credit: Stephen Mosher

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Dear Miss Wendy,

I emailed you yesterday telling you that I am a gay man who lives in the Chelsea section of New York and I wanted to know if I really had to pay $200 for a haircut. You said yes. So I made an appointment and the hairdresser said that I should really get my eyebrows waxed too. Just where does this end?

Sincerely,

Chelsea Boy

Dear Chelsea,

Well, when you visit the waxer, I think they will explain to you that a proper wax job for a gay New York man, starts at the eyebrows, moves to the back then continues waxing southward (rip and scream, rip and scream) until the final yelp when they remove your toe hairs. And yes, I do mean exactly what you think I mean. But the upside is that afterwards, you will be perfectly groomed and as a side benefit, you can take up competitive swimming.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I am a young man who lives in Chelsea so I can be close to the other young men who live in Chelsea. Do I have to pay over $200 for a hair cut?

Sincerely,

Chelsea Boy

Dear Chelsea,

Yes, it is the law. Please read the fine print in your lease or ask the bouncer at any of the mega clubs that line your streets.

Hey, I don't make the rules. I just report them.

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: Time Magazine has also made a foray into the romance business with a bit of gorilla-porn titled, "Gorillas in a Tryst." If magazines like Newsweek and Time start covering sex, how will Playboy and Hustler stay in business?

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: There is good news out of Texas. According to MSNBC.com, "Appeals court overturns Texas ban on sex toys - Companies’ lawsuit claimed state shouldn’t regulate private adult behavior."

Now the Christian right will have plenty of opportunity to get fresh air and exercise while they picket both sex shops in placed like Austin's Sixth Street and Dallas' Deep Ellum and private homes in places like Richardson, Texas where the local housewives can now host "Tupperware Parties" for a different kind of plastic. Everyone will be in a tither, blood will be boiling and a good time will be had by all. It almost makes me homesick.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Don't you have any better advice about what I should take to the Caribbean than an empty suitcase and/or a hunk? I am planning on picking up a hunk once I hit the islands.

Sincerely,

Sand Bound

Dear Sand,

Pamella Roland Collection
Photo Credit Mary Blanco
Pamella Roland Collection
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

 

Okay. Okay. Check out the Pamella Roland spring/summer collection. Wearing these duds, you can out-Bahama the Bahamas. And they will look great packed in a Hartmann bag. But if the Caribbean means Jamaica, don't rent-a-dread. Look enticing in the bar, but if the hunks ask you to pay, change islands.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I am a forty-old woman and this New York weather has me about to scream. What is the hottest thing I can take to the Caribbean?

Sincerely,

Sand Bound

Dear Sandy,

Hartmann lugage! Whether you are a man or a women, nothing says rich-bitch-on-a-yacht better than Hartmann. If you can't afford Hartmann, console yourself by taking the next best thing, a smokin' hot love interest.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you the article on MSNBC.com about how a British television manufacturer conducted a survey and found out that: "Nearly half of British men surveyed would give up sex for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV..."

Sincerely,

Perplexed

Dear Perplexed,

Well, there is nothing surprising about those numbers to any woman who has seen her husband's butt glued to the couch night after night, weekend after weekend, watching any sporting event he can find - skeet shooting anyone?

I would like to see a similar survey that asked men how many of them would be willing to wear heavy duty disposable diapers during the Super Bowl so they would not have to make those irritating trips to the bathroom (to get rid of their beer) and risk losing their spot on the sofa.

Dear Miss Wendy,

You have been at Fashion Week since last Friday. Do you have any fall fashion tips for your readers?

Sincerely,

Fashionista

Dear Fashionista,

Yes, wear glitter.

The trends I spotted are:

Glittery fabrics for day
Black with splashes of fuchsia or orange or lime green
Cut velvet printed with Chinese emblems
Short black socks worn with heels and dressy dresses
Dresses period
Long flowing frizzy-looking seventies hair

And now for what women will wear...... (that was just a little joke).

Check out New York Cool's Fashion Section in about a week to see the photos from the Custo Barcelona show. Unbelievable.

Right now, I have fashion on my brain. But starting tomorrow, I will be back with my usual advice and gossip column. No more fashion talk for you, my little chickadees.

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: There is a fun article on MSNBC.com titled: "World's most decadent parties." Read up for the hot vibe coming out of: Rio's Carnival; Nevada's Burning Man; Munich's Octoberfest; New Orlean's Mardi Gras; and The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you hear that Vanity Fair Magazine is canceling its world famous Oscar party in solidarity with the striking writers? See this quote from Graydon Carter (on MSNBC.com):

"Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter decided to cancel the party after talking with West Coast friends and colleagues, said magazine spokeswoman Beth Kseniak. He decided that even if the three-month writers strike was resolved before the Academy Awards, its affect on Tinseltown was likely to linger. “Inasmuch as Vanity Fair is a collection of writers, photographers and artists, we do feel ourselves in aligned solidarity with the writers, directors and actors in the film business,” Carter said in a statement."

Sincerely yours,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Well, if this final bit of insanity doesn't push the studio heads and the writer's union to settle their strike, absolutely nothing will. When people start cancelling drinking-and-bragging fests as a way to support writers, the world has definitely teetered off its axis

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and the Ticker Tape Parade for the Victorious New York Giants. So right now, I simply cannot think about love advice or even gossip. So please vote and then celebrate and I will come up with something scandalous (or at least funny) by tomorrow.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I know you have been at New York Fashion Week all weekend. Do you have any tidbits of fashion gossip for your loyal readers?

Sincerely,

Fashionista

Dear Fashionista,

Why yes I do. Late Friday night I attended a show which had been coyly advertised as being by a Project Runway contestant??? Well, it was this season's Victorya Hong, and she showed a polished line of ready-to-wear, her na be line.

Hmm! If Victorya was so busy with Project Runway, how did she have a line ready to go up that quickly? I had wondered what was going on when Victorya was eliminated in the Levi challenge for designing a jean coat dress that was way below her normal level of talent. I kept wondering why didn't she just knock out a cute little jean dress with perhaps a vest/jacket?

Well.... I think Victorya may have thrown that challenge the way a philandering husband accidentally lets his wife find lipstick stains on his underpants. If Victorya had won the contest, she would have been under some financial obligations to the show from then on. So perhaps she stayed on just long enough to NOT be in the final three, getting as much Runway exposure as she could and then bolting to finish preparing her own show.

And the proof may have been in just who was sitting on the front row of the show. The only Project Runway contestant at Victorya's show was Jay McCarroll, the winner of Season I, who is also somewhat of a renegade (he refused to take his prize money). There was no Tim Gunn, no Dianna Eng, no Angela Keslar.... none of the Runwayers who show up at every Malan Breton show. Hmmm?


Tim Gunn at the Februay 2007
Malan Breton Show
Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams


Angela Keslar and Diana Eng at the Februay 2007 Malan Breton Show
Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams

As a quick postscript, the only Runway contestant (winner or not) who has become a major player in the fashion scene is Malan Breton, and Malan was eliminated in the second challenge in his season. Malan has his first show in the tents Thursday, Feb 7, 2007.

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. I personally will spend the entire day attending Fashion Week shows with not a moment's thought about large beefy men running down a field with a pig skin under their arm. Well maybe just a quick thought or two.

If you are invited to a Super Bowl party, please have a great time. And if party ends in a perfectly predictable argument, please don't shoot anyone. Once all the hysteria has died down, you will look ridiculous explaining what happened to a jury of your peers.

And just so you think I am trying to spoil all your fun, here (just in time for the festivities) is my recipe for Miss Wendy's Queso.

Miss Wendy's Queso

One package of Velvetta cheese, sliced
One jar of salsa
16 ounces of half and half

Put all ingredients into the crock pot, heat and serve with chips.

And yes, this is exactly what I suggested that you bring to your family's Thanksgiving Feast. So there.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I wrote you and asked if there was anything sexy about the current political candidates and you just said, "No." Is that the best you can do?

Sincerely,

CNN Junkie

Dear Junkie,

Okay. Okay. This is going to be difficult because all the candidates are doing their best Baptist-minister-coaches-the soccer-team impression.

Barack Obama is hot and we would have figured that out even if Amber Ettinger hadn't sung her little song. He may act like a Baptist minister, but he also looks like the kind of guy who you would find hanging around the dumpster smoking a cigarette. And you would be glad to see him.

And Hillary, now you just know Hillary has got some game. There is no way she could have stayed married to Bill all those years (irregardless of his philandering) without a pretty good play book.

Mitt Romey must have allowed his hair to get mussed up a little when he persuaded his wife to have those five sons/precinct captains.

Let's see who else is there? Mike Huckabee - NO! Huckabee isn't just pretending to be a Baptist miniter, he IS a Baptist minister.

John McCain: Well McCain is a genuine hero and a real standup guy. But sorry - even grandmothers don't fantasize about grandfathers.

So there.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Fashion Week begins in New York tomorrow, Feb 1, 2008. What do you think will be the hottest trend coming off the runway? What will be the sexiest look I can adopt?

Sincerely yours,

Fashionista Fanny


Dear Fanny,

That would be the "knowing" look.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Is there anything sexy about the current political candidates?

Sincerely,

CNN Junkie

Dear Junkie,

No.

Dear Miss Wendy,

The subways and streets in the vicinity of Bryant Park are filling up with impossibly tall, impossibly beautiful models who have invaded New York for Fashion Week. How are we ordinary mortals to handle our overwhelming feelings of inferiority?

Sincerely,

Subway Mourner


Model Casting
Photo Credit James Bluck

Dear Mourner,

You can comfort yourself with the thought that each one of these gorgeous gazelles is constantly being rejected for being too tall, too blonde or because "We've seen this before." It is a cruel world and there is simply no justice.

Dear Miss Wendy,

So did you watch the SAG Awards last night (click here for a list of the award winners)?

Sincerely,

Red Carpet Connie

 


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
The Shrine Auditorium / Los Angeles, CA. USA
January 27, 2008
Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos



Dear Connie,

Yes I did and I certainly got a glamour fix. And from the look of this photo of Angelina Jolie in her melons-and-window-drapes-couture, there is a yet-to-be-announced prize to appear sometime late this spring/early summer.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Are you going to watch the SAG Awards tonight (8Pm on TNT)?

Sincerely,

Red Carpet Connie

Dear Connie,

Of course. And I am going to watch the Red Carpet Show on E (with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana DePandi). Since the writers’ strike turned the People's Choice Awards into a glorified newscast ("In tonight's performance, Queen Latifah will play the role normally played by Katie Couric"), I am sorely in need of a glamour fix. At the very least, the picketing writers at the People's Choice Awards should have been gracious enough to walk the picket line wearing formal evening attire so we would have had "something" to look at.

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: There is dreadful news from TLC. They are remaking the Miss America Pageant to supposedly bring her in to the 21st Century by turning the the pageant into a reality show. If Miss America is no longer a Nancy Reagan clonette, who will inspire Miss Wendy and whoever will the drag queens emulate? No hair spray? No sequins? No more is more?

Dear Miss Wendy,

Are you following all the goings-on at the Sundance Film Festival?
eonline.com/gossip/planetgossip

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yes I am and I am in mourning becuase I am in New York and everyone at the Festival seems to be having the time of their lives. Boo Hoo! Boo Hoo!

But there is always next year and Miss Wendy is frantically shopping the Sundance Catalog so she will have just the right rich-bitch-hits-the-mountains- duds for next year's festival.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I am thinking about getting a dog. What is the sexiest dog I can own?

Sincerely,

Ready to Hit the Pound

Dear Pound,

One that doesn't sleep in your bed.

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers:

Please read this article in People Magazine (titled: David Beckham Uses Awesome Bod to Bring Awareness) about how David Beckham traveled to Sierra Leone with Unicef to draw attention to the high childhood mortality rate in Africa. Please look at the picture of David Beckham in the article (we all want to Bend It With Beckham) and when you have recovered, please contribute a little more than you can afford to Unicef.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you see the article on MSNBC.com about how Dr. Phil is refusing to apologize for his botched Britney Spears intervention?

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yup. And here we are being played again. Good old Dr. Phil is getting loads of pile-on publicity from the Spears affair. After all, when was the last time that Dr. Phil featured so prominently on a site like MSNBC.com? Next, we will read an article about how Dr. Phil really really is not going to apologize.

You know what they say about publicity - there is no bad publicity as long as they spell your name correctly. And Dr. Phil does not even use a last name to possibly muck things up.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you see that Lindsay Lohan has been nominated for nine Razzies, Hollywood's least coveted award, for her work in I Know Who Killed Me?

Sincerly,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yes I did and I certainly hope Lindsay has a better year this year. Lindsay is actually a very talented actress, as anyone who has ever had to entertain children must know. Lindsay did great work in such films as The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, two children's movies that are actually bearable to watch for grown-ups.

As for Eddie Murphy's five nominations for Norbit, well that could not have happened to a nicer guy, as I am sure Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), the mother of his unacknowledged-until-he-had-to-baby-girl, and Tracy Edmonds (his wife for two weeks) would be happy to attest.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you see the article on MSNBC.com about the Oregon mayor? See this quote: "'Lingerie' mayor vows to stay in office - MySpace photos show Oregon mayor posing in black lingerie on fire engine."

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

I certainly did and I also read that there are only six hundred citizens in the town and the mayor job is unpaid, so any thinking person would realize that it is time for the citizenry to lower their so-called standards and simply say thank you to anyone who is willing to serve as mayor. Also, this hottie-tottie mayor is performing the additional public service of preventing the populace from dying of boredom.

After all, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani dressed in drag on several occasions and we, being sophisticated New Yorkers, did not think a thing of it.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Just what are the shoe/foot fetishists among us doing to satisfy their desire now that it is winter and women are wearing nothing but furry boots? Ugh!!

Sincerely,

Just Asking

They are at Bergdorf Goodman's humongous second floor shoe salon.
The Shoe Salon is a temple for everyone who loves shoes and for the fetishists who love their feet.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I wrote you and asked what to wear to IMG Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (I have two invitations) and you said a down coat. Well, as soon as I get to the tents I am going to have to take off my coat and I cannot walk in there naked so you are simply going to have to do better than that.

Sincerely,

Fashionista

Dear Fashionista,

Okay! Okay! But get prepared to work. Find something with Japanese graffiti (purse, tank top) and pair that with some fake fur (vest, boots), weird looking plastic or bakelite jewelry and off the wall items like suspenders or chaps. Carry a vintage designer purse or better yet look for a small piece of luggage from the fifties and use that as your bag. And top that off with an ugly hat (something with ear flaps?) and I said ugly because ugly stands out. Think about how the designers on Project Runway dress and dial it up two notches. The Runwayers look like they just grabbed the first thing they saw lying on the floor, but believe me they plan their outfits like a prom queen prepping for rush week at Ole Miss.

Of if the idea of going to this much trouble simply overwhelms you, erase yourself by dressing only in black and hope you just fade into the background. But do not wear pearls with your black, people will snigger - especially if you are a woman.

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers:

There is perfectly dreadful news on MSNBC.com. It seems that Spider Man and Miss Mary Jane are splitsville. Is nothing sacred anymore? Whatever are we going to tell the children?

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you see on MSNBC.com that the ACLU has chimed in on Senator Craig's appeal of his disorderly conduct appeal with the statement that: "Sex in restroom stalls is private."

Sincerely Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yes. And that is well and good (I suppose). But from the reports in the news, this situation never reached that "level" as the arresting cop was never in the same stall as sixtiesh grandfather Senator Craig, who certainly did not crawl under the divider. Craig was just tapping his toes and just because a Minnesota cop says that is illegal doesn't make it illegal. After all, according to CNN: "No sexual contact is alleged to have taken place, although the officer who arrested the senator said Craig moved his foot to touch the officer's foot while they sat in adjoining restroom stalls." Was that cop in first grade? "Teacher! His shoe touched my shoe."

Dear Miss Wendy,

Fashion week is approaching fast, billowing the tents of Bryant Park from February 1-9th. So....what is absolutely the hottest thing to wear to fashion week?

Sincerely,

Fashionista

Dear Fashionista,

A down coat.

Dear Miss Wendy,

It is going to snow in the city tomorrow. Is there anything sexy about snow?

Sincerely,

Squish/Squash

Dear Squish

No. Not unless you are in a beautiful Alpine cabin or you are wearing skis or standing on a snow board at the top of a mountain. Snow is one of those things that sounds sexy but in reality is just about as appealing as a pigeon - pretty to look at but a bunch of sh*t to deal with.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I just read your advice on how to have a charming wedding and it made me sick. No matter how hard I try to meet someone in New York, I come up with nothing, nothing. I am so tired of hearing my mother say, "So?"

Sincerely,

Lonely Hearts Club

Dear Lonely,

There is actually no secret to meeting someone special. The key is figuring out just who you are and what you like to do and then go to the places where other souls who are like you and like to do what you want to do tend to congregate. If you do this often enough, you should finally meet someone you like. And don't discount yentas. Many older women love to set people up so if you spend time say singing in a church choir or helping Bette Midler clean up Central Park, you are not necessarily wasting your time.

If you are young and East Village/Williamsburg trendy, two of our New York Cool writers have written articles about roving parties for this month's issue. Check out Eve Hyman's article about the Subway Parties organized by TheDanger.com. Also check out Mindy Hyman's (Eve and Mindy are sisters) article about the Frank 151 Parties (frank151.com). These parties tend to attract a returning crowd so if you start attending you will have multiple chances to meet the hottie you spotted the first night out.

If you wear trendy designer flats with bows (female) or Brooks Brothers no-iron shirts (male), volunteer your services at a Museum. El Museo Del Barrio has a very attractive crowd at all their events. See our coverage of the Opening Night Party for the (S) Files Exhibit and also our coverage of El Museo Del Barrio's Masked Ball. El Museo is a younger, smaller museum than say The Metropolitan or MoMA, and it might be easier to make new friends.

Here is a quote from my September 2007 Column: "Romance follows the same set of rules that are used to select fishing lures. Here is a quote from wisegeek.com. “Many fishing lures are made in bright, almost obnoxious colors, while others are muted and more natural. Again, making the right choice is largely based on the type of fish you are trying to catch and the fishing conditions.”

So happy fishing to you!

Dear Miss Wendy,

It is so cold and dark in New York right now and I really want to get away but I can't stand lying on a beach. I basically agree with Woody Allen when he said, "I think they need to pave it." Do you have any suggestions?

Sincerely,

If you don't like to freeze or sweat, fly south but just keep going all the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina (tripadvisor.com); it is seventy-one degrees there right now. Or if Buenos Aires is too far, try Mexico City (tripadvisor.com)which has weather ranging from the 60's through the 70's. These are both old historic cities with incredible museums, art scenes and thriving nightlife.

Dear Miss Wendy,

I live in New York and my fiancée and I want to get married this spring. We both work but our families don't have any money to contribute to our wedding so we have been delaying our marriage for a couple of years now. The average (low scale) New York wedding costs $25,000 and I hate the idea of starting our married life in debt when we need to save for a house and put aside some money so we can have children.

Sincerely,

June Bride

Dear June,

Spending $25,000 on a wedding in New York is a complete waste of money and a total no-win game. All the snobs who are into that "kind of thing" will be noticing all the things you did not do as in: "Only four courses?" "The desert was the wedding cake?"

Having a charming wedding is more about taste than money. One of the most delightful weddings I have seen lately was in the film In Her Shoes and the wedding was held in a funky Jamaican restaurant with a garden in the back. So feel free to use your imagination, not your money. There are scads of charming little restaurants with backyard gardens in the East Village and Brooklyn. Find one and create your own fantasy with white Christmas lights, votive candles and huge vases of white flowers from the Farmers Market. Or funk it up in purple (purple dress, purple flowers, Prince singing "Purple Rain", Tinky Winky as ring bearer/flower girl), I don't care. Just make it your day, not the caterers and the florists.

After all, you live in New York so the hardest part was finding someone to marry. The wedding should be the easy part.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you see the article on People.com about how Britney Spears family has spoken out about how Dr. Phil violated their trust by making public statements about Britney's condition after he (briefly) visited with her in the hospital? (I highly suspect she told him to f-off).

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yup. The whole situation has a Star Wars Alternate Universe feel. The entire Spears clan lives in the public eye and it is only natural that they thought of another entertainer when they sought to cast the role of psychologist in their mamma drama. But then it backfired because there was an actual human being in that hospital bed, not a hologram.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you see the article in MSNBC.com about how Senator Larry Craig is appealing his disorderly conduct in the airport restroom conviction?

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yes and good for him. Old men (gay or otherwise) should not be so embarrassed over the idea that someone thinks they may be gay that they plead guilty to bogus charges for behavior such as: "The officer claimed the senator made foot-tapping signals and other gestures to indicate his desire for illicit sexual acts while the two were sitting in adjacent restroom stalls."

Craig is a conservative Republican Senator from a conservative state (Idaho) but his protest of his arrest has Stonewallian proportions.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Don't you have any exotic shopping suggestions for me and my posse? Something we cannot see in Scottsdale?

Sincerely,

Arizona Anna

Okay. You can try the sleazier aspects of Times Square:

Photo Credit Melinda MacLean
Photo Credit Melinda MacLean

Or try Japanese import Takashimaya. It is a palace of Zen-like elegance where you can buy the word's most exotic bath products, candles, towels, textiles, home decor etc. etc.

Dear Miss Wendy,

My girlfriends and I are coming to town next month, staying in the Hilton in the Theater District. Can you recommend any sexy and fun places to shop?

Sincerely,

Arizona Anna

I am going to assume that you are a group of women coming to town to see the Broadway shows and not a Hugh-Hefner-style-clone coming to town with a posse of young girlfriends. Since you are staying in the theater district, I am also going to assume that you don't mean someplace really out-of-the-ball-park like the gift shop at the Museum of Sex. Try Fifth Avenue's Henri Bendel which is advertised as: "A Girls' Playground for trendsetting young women from around the world." Bendels has a cool hip vibe that hits you as you walk in the door.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Have you heard the latest. Dr. Phil managed to wheedle his way into Britney Spears hospital room and now he wants to do a show about her medical condition? And he is diagnosing her even though he is NOT her doctor: ""My meeting with Britney and some of her family members this morning in her room at Cedars leaves me convinced more than ever that she is in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention." (Did she tell him to f-off?)

Why even TMZ.com finds this outrageous, but perhaps that is because Dr. Phil (as in rival tv show, Dr. Phil) managed to sneak into the hospital and TMZ was not able to get past the guards!

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

I too find it horrifying. If there ever was a place where a person should be free from tabloid journalists and ambulance chasing TV doctors, it should be when one is incarcerated in the looney bin. Dr. Phil should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. In the words of Chris Crocker, "Leave Britney Alone."

One other note: When Britney was involunarily committed to a mental hospital for observation (in what turned out to be a very short commitment), it should have been for observation from psychiatrists, not observation from tabloid journalists (who seem to have leaking sources inside the hospital) and TV doctors. That kind observation/fishbowl life is probably what caused her breakdown in the first place.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Did you hear that Britney Spears has been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital for observation?

Sincerely,

Tabloid Tilly

Dear Tilly,

Yes and it is probably a very good thing. We have gone a little overboard with the rights of the mentally ill and are now allowed to go crazy in public while everyone politely looks the other way. Sometimes the kindest thing that can happen is for the guy with the butterfly net to come get you.

Dear Miss Wendy,

Carson Kressley was in Times Square yesterday with a bunch of ladies wearing robes (I hope they were down robes) to promote his new series, "How to Look Good Naked." Is Carson actually going to get naked on his show - to show off the proper form, of course?

Sincerely,

Down from Dubuque



Carson Kressley hosts The March of the Robes
In Times Square to promote his new Lifetime Television series
"How to Look Good Naked"
January 3, 2008
Jennifer L. Gonzeles / PR Photos

Dear Down,

Oh my goodness, what a novel idea. But, I have always been fond of Carson, ever since he was the break out star of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." And if he wants to pull a full-monty, I will certainly be supportive and watch.

Do you have a Question for Miss Wendy?
Email her at newyorkcoolstuff@aol.com

All of Miss Wendy's old columns are in the New York Cool Archive Section:

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2008/January/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/December/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/November/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/October/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/August/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/July/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/June/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/May/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/April/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/March/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/February/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2007/January/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/December/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/November/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/October/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/September/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/August/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/July/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/June/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/May/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/April/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/March/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/February/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2006/January/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2005/December/ask.html

http://www.newyorkcool.com/archives/2005/November/ask.html

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