"Inkstain, you are an ungracious wretch!"
Well, I was a bit snotty about the moderator whose interruptions were annoying, but not the contestants.
Wow, did I touch a nerve out there in someone who misread me as dissing experience in favor of telegenics.
"Specifically, the author complained that the two people who were sent home were young and telegenic.."
Nope. Not guilty. Not true. Absolutely not true. That would be very weird, to complain that Tilly and Mark were telegenic or younger. They are, but misreading me says more about the critic's sensitivities than my post.
I observed that Tilly and Mark were eliminated on the basis of their inferior stitching skills along a narrow range of tasks and I decried the format that did that. They had other things to offer, sewing wise, quite irrespective of their age or looks. They offered fashion sense and variety.
I’m sorry my indignation at the "elimination" format was confused with ageism, when I’m closest in age to the older ladies than the younger ones myself, with 47 years of sewing behind me. I think Ann is wonderful. I think Sandra is wonderful. I admire their skills no end.
But my point was that a show that doesn’t place a little more emphasis on fashion and up-to-date style opportunities in balance to technical skills, risks conveying a lopsided message about the varying rewards and joys of sewing to younger viewers.
That would be a shame.
As a cliffhanger, the program fails to be exciting viewing, when the undoubted skillsets of Sandra and Ann are obvious (and well-earned.)
Also, it is my “ungracious wretch” humble opinion that a couple of the winning choices, the denim shirtdress and the ribbon in the broderie look by the two older contestants veered on the dowdy side. And to be fair to me, remember, even the judge Patrick chided Ann for being too conservative with her skirt pockets.
I'm not anti-age, I'm anti-staid. Ann's Burda blouse was very fashion forward, although retro at the same time. Burda called that particular feature, "forties style," I recall. Cool.
So, well then, who do I think should “win?” asks this blogger, declaring her "hackles raised." (Where are hackles, I always wonder, and do they pose a fitting problem when they rise? Is she doing a Full Hackle Adjustment thanks to my ungracious post? But I digress.)
My critic has missed, missed, missed the point I made, utterly.
Everyone. Everyone should win.
Thanks, Lisa Laree of Sew Random, for defending my point (so some people were reading more closely, thank God, and not obsessing over my reference to hair-sprayed aunts. btw. I'm a hairsprayed aunt and I sew ruffles myself. Remember the 'Aurora Quandry' post?)
I want everybody to be valued for the different things they bring to the party, and I don’t want any one person to win over the others. Is there a word like “counter-ageist” to describe a show that doesn’t give a few handicaps to the less experienced or differently skilled?
I cherish the Anns and Sandras, (amusing that my harsh critics don’t seem to realize I’m in that demographic) but my post was really about the programming format and its overall chances for success in promoting a hobby I love.
I find the elimination process vicariously cruel and inappropriate when it comes to sewing. I’d love to see Ann or Sandra helping Tilly finish that self-designed blouse. I’m sure they’d do it with great kindness and patience. That’s what sewing is about.
That was my point. Hackles down. Time's up.