Thursday, April 25, 2013
Rant #950: Tattoo You ... Not Me
President Obama has finally taken a stand that I agree with 100 percent.
It has nothing to do with foreign or domestic policy, it has to do with family policy, maybe the most important policy of them all, because it literally sets the groundwork for everything else.
The President told his daughters that if they ever get tattooed, he and the First Lady and First Mom, Michelle, will get the exact design tattooed on the same place on their bodies.
He added, "And we'll go on YouTube and show if off as a family tattoo," he said on NBC's "Today" show.
The President believes that this type of thinking will dissuade Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, from ever getting inked.
Tattoos are a current fad that goes back eons, but the latest craze is really pretty disgusting. The tattoos are large, garish, and stand out like no other tattoos I have ever seen.
I don't like tattoos. I believe it cheapens one's body to make yourself into a walking, talking body of graffiti, although others think it is about expression.
To me, there are better ways to express yourself than through tattoos. It just cheapens what you have.
And today, it seems the more the better--up and down the arm, on the legs, on the chest, and even on the face.
And to me, nothing is more disgusting than seeing a woman with tattoos.
Call me sexist--and I must say that I proudly am--but a woman with tattoos completely turns me off.
Look, I know that many of you will disagree with my, and the President's, views. You believe that tattoos are nice, and the more the better.
Bu heck, I see high school kids with tattoos.
In my generation, you wore your hair long or you wore certain clothes to show what you believed in.
You could get a haircut, and you could wear different clothes if your mood changed.
But tattoos are permanent. They don't come off so easily, except through painstaking laser procedures.
What happens if your mood changes, and you want the thing off?
The cure seems to be worse than the disease to me.
And let's be honest about it. If I am an employer, I don't care how good your qualifications are, if you have a noticeable tattoo, you won't get the job.
As a Jew, we are not supposed to get tattoos. The feeling is that you leave this earth as you go in, and that means without drawings on your body.
Jews were tattooed by the Nazis in World War II, and that is ever more the reason for Jews not to get tattooed.
But that aside, I find them to be a turnoff, plain and simple, so I applaud the President's actions.
I hope his daughters get it.
I don't know what brought this on in the Obama household, but I hope other families do the same thing and take the same stand.
It might not work, but then again, it just might.
Posted by Larry at 2:53 AM