Monday, September 25, 2006

Christy Mihos: Ballsy or an Eunuch?

He can't have it both ways: He airs a pretty ballsy late-night TV ad, featuring Beacon Hill and Bechtel characters with their heads up their ass (his ads are here for anyone who wants to watch them). In the ads, there's a woman who looks exactly like Kerry Healey - which the media hath noticed. Furthermore, while I don't think the media has caught on yet, there's a man standing right next to the Kerry Healey character who looks almost exactly like Mitt Romney.

Yet, Christy Mihos claims it's just a coincidence. Allow me to call bull shit. Of course the woman in the ad is Kerry Healey - and of course the man next to her is Mitt Romney, even if the media ignored it. If Mihos wants to win, he can't put on an aura of being gutsy and then run away from it. If he airs those commercials, he owns them - for better or worse.

That said, the ad isn't terrible effective. For one, how many people want to watch characters with their heads up their butt? I'm guessing that's a turn off for most of the population. The most effective thing about Mihos's ad is the fact that it was so controversial that the media covered it and he got free publicity to go along with the cost of the ads (it's kinda like the CBS giving him a "buy one get one free" steal). However, Mihos is going to need to do better if he wants any chance of winning - not only better commercials, but he'll need to perform well at the debates. If this keeps up, his campaign is never going to be more than a spoiler: pulling too many votes away from Kerry Healey to give her a chance.

(PS: Thanks Christy).

6 comments:

Mark D. Snyder said...

Ryan,
I of course agree with you that Mihos is a poopy head, and I of course love reading your blog. However, I would be careful when using the word Eunich, which in many cultures means transgendered (and there are many types of transgenderism) and biblicly speaking meant men with their balls cut off and also gay men who were better suited doing the "women's chores." and I would be careful about the implication that those who do not posess balls are in some way weak. Your word choice could be seen as sexist and/or transphobic.

Joe said...

I like that use. Ryan's a true pragmatist, and part of being pragmatic is knowing when to relate. People use the word eunuch to describe a coward, because a eunuch has no balls. Allow me to use a small chart:

Who has balls:
Me: (x)
Ryan: (x)
Eunuch: ( )
Christy: (?)

Mark, I'm realistic to know you can't go around yelling faggot and "i hate queers and love NASCAR!" but to say one should be careful using the word eunuch because some gay guys on the strip made it a catch phrase largely unknown to the population outside of california in the past 20 years isn't being politically correct, it's just being a drama queen.

About Christy: I got into a fundraiser where the tickets cost like 500 bucks (don't ask how, I'm James Bond) and from everything I said an all his stances, he sounds like kerry healey except a little eccentric bitter because he'd never win a primary against her. I don't know if he'll really pull that many votes away from her, and if he does, they'll be centered in the Cape. I can't wait to see how this one turns out, should be interesting.

p.s. If he wants to have good ads, he'll put his daughter in them, she's hot.

Ryan Adams said...

To some extent, Mark, you're absolutely right. I certainly didn't mean any harm towards transgendered people. I'm actually very good friends with an ftm, but I'm still learning lingo and historical context on glbt issues (it's still pretty new to me). I had to come up with a headline that was interesting and people would easily understand and that's what I came up with in the limited time I had today to write.

Joe, I actually happen to like Christy... believe it or not, fiscally we're probably in line. He clearly prefers income tax to property tax - and that's pretty darn progressive. I'd get a tad bit worried about suddenly giving towns all sorts of dough that will probably dry up in a few years though, so I don't favor his prop 1, just the fundamental idea behind it.

He was pretty ballsy during the debate though; he really went after Kerry Healey. In fact, if he wants to win, he's going to have to go stronger on Deval... Kerry Healey's 25% isn't going to matter much if Deval keeps performing like he did tonight.

Mark D. Snyder said...

JOe, I don't know any gay people that use the word eunich except to describe the trans folks in India where that word is commonly used. It was however used in some translations of the bible to describe the men who a. did not have balls as you indicated or b. were assigned the roles women were usually assigned in those times. And yes, I am a drama queen duh. ;)

Ryan Adams said...

lol mark I'm a drama queen too!

I've never really heard the term eunuch to describe anything other than a) the emperor's eunichs from china and b) young opera singers mainly from Italy (let's just say that I'm glad I can partake in my theatircal pursuits from the relative safety of the 21st century!). Then again, I'm not one to read the bible.

Joe said...

Yes, I was pretty suprised howwell he did, I actually think he did the best. Don't get me wrong, I think Christy has good ideas and should be heard, but he's kinda a thorn in my side, catchin' the drift yes?

I never heard about the opera singers (just wiki'd it,yikes!) but I did know about the chinese ones. However, the most prominent eunuchs in my memory were always the middle eastern harem guards, which is ironic, because it was proven that even though they didn't have any nads, there was no effect on sex drive.

And I was like "drama queen duh? why duh?" then I clicked on ur profile thing and was like ohhh! hahaha you guys crack me up.

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