January 12, 1988 |
We all know the "which one does not belong" test. You're shown four items and asked to choose which is anomalous - for instance, a cow, a sheep, a dog and an MX missile. Now, take a test from the current Esquire. The cover announced: "Free! Special Commemorative Bimbo Poster Inside!" The women portrayed by look-alikes were Jessica Hahn, Fawn Hall, Tammy Faye Bakker and Donna Rice. Which one does not belong? Strictly speaking, two of them don't. Tammy Faye Bakker may look the part, but we know nothing about her to suggest that she's a "woman of easy morals.
March 26, 1993 |
Bad movies have a certain sound to them, an aural vacuity that can't be entirely concealed by clamorous music or shrill dialogue. It's the hollow ping of mediocrity, and it echoes like a souvenir Liberty Bell through the Disney studio's remake of Born Yesterday. On paper, the idea of casting Melanie Griffith - with her newly improved decolletage and altitudinous baby-doll tweet - as the quintessential bimbo of Garson Kanin's 1946 Broadway play must have seemed a good idea. Like Judy Holliday, who starred in the original stage and film versions of Kanin's yarn, Griffith is an actress who can exude a comic, cartoonish sexiness.
September 30, 1993 |
The Communications Studies Program at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., recently studied gender roles in 100 videos on MTV, and determined that in rock 'n' roll, women are often portrayed as bimbos. Now, I don't want to sound snippy, but was this study paid for with, like, taxpayer dollars? Discovering that women are treated as bimbos in popular music is like discovering that the lights go down in a theater when they show the movie. And while MTV isn't always a glowing beacon of sensitivity in the media sky, MTV is not the problem here.
January 12, 2011
Calling it a "win-win," Philadelphia Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz announced a 4-year, partnership with the U.S. division of Mexican baking giant Bimbo yesterday at PPL Park. According to a report, the deal will generate an estimated $12 million for the franchise over the term. Bimbo, pronounced "Beem-bo," will become the team's official jersey sponsor, and the name will be displayed on all team apparel. Headquartered in Horsham, Bimbo's U.S. operations controls 34 bakeries in the United States and worldwide.
February 23, 1989 |
In Ladyhawke, Michelle Pfeiffer portrays Isabeau of Anjou, a truly distressed damsel of the Middle Ages. Cursed by a jealous bishop, poor Isabeau turns into a hawk by day, then returns to human form at sunset. Meanwhile, her true love - a gallant knight, played by Rutger Hauer - is transforming into a wolf, only to become a man again at sunrise. Each seems fated never to see the other again. Isabeau's dilemma could be a metaphor for Michelle Pfeiffer's early career. Critics, when they noticed her, gave the young Pfeiffer rave notices.
September 24, 1987 |
Jessica Hahn might not be a bimbo, but her mother said yesterday that her daughter's been "acting like one" - particularly by posing topless for Playboy magazine. Hahn's mom, Jessica Moylan of Massapequa, N.Y., said she and her husband, Ed, had checked out an advance copy of the November Playboy, featuring photos of Hahn on the cover and on seven inside pages. Clothing does not figure heavily in the pictures. "Nobody has to tell me that my daughter's not a bimbo, but she's acting like one," said Moylan.
June 13, 1997 |
The Van, the third and final installment of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy, lacks the Dublin soul of The Commitments and the crackle of The Snapper. Yet this engaging film brings comic meaning to the term "labor pains. " Only a mind with the mischievous warp of Doyle's - or Stan Laurel's - would assume that the only thing worse than not having a job is getting one that puts you in constant contact with your best friend. In filming Doyle's novel, director Stephen Frears (who also made The Snapper)
June 23, 1993 |
Willingboro Police Chief Gary Owens said he didn't intend to demean women in his department when he called some of them bimbos. "I would walk through the office and say which one of you is the bimbo today and which one is the bimbette," Owens said, testifying in a federal suit accusing him of sexual harassment and discrimination. "It was all done in a joking fashion. " Owens was the first witness called by the defense yesterday, the fifth day of testimony in the case. Margaret Gares, who has worked in the Willingboro Police Department for 17 years and currently serves as senior clerk- transcriber, sued Owens and the township in September 1991 saying the chief constantly referred to her in derogatory terms such as township slut in front of other employees.
June 29, 2003 |
The beaches on this densely packed stretch of Italy's Adriatic coast are lined with row after endless row of umbrellas and lounge chairs, and in any given area they all look the same. Make a trip to the bathroom, and you may never find your way back to your spot. Fall asleep, and you may discover that your toddler has wandered off to points unknown. Little wonder, then, that public-address systems routinely broadcast appeals to the parents of temporarily lost children. Now comes a security company that touts a high-tech solution: An electronic bracelet fitted to the child's wrist that emits an alarm if he or she strays beyond 15 to 50 yards from the family's umbrella.
August 4, 1992 |
Promising not to do it again, the White House yesterday acknowledged that the Bush campaign may have engaged in the "sleaze business" by trying to revive womanizing charges against Democratic nominee Bill Clinton. President Bush sought to distance himself from a controversial memo issued Sunday by Mary Matalin, deputy manager of his campaign - not by condemning the memo, but by denouncing a "bimbo" reference in it. Matalin promptly issued a lukewarm apology, saying she regretted if the statement "left the wrong impression.