Before I announce the winner of this week’s Sunday Caption Madness (and you guys made this one a really difficult decision!), I’d like to say something about how I go about picking these pictures. Several commenters were apparently unhappy that I chose a picture of a beautiful woman in a designer gown for our snarking pleasure.
I did pick a beautiful woman. The gown is by a designer I admire greatly not only for his tremendous talent, but also for his frankly groundbreaking decision to include plus-sized models in his shows. I even happen to think the gown in question is a technical masterpiece. I knew all these things when I picked the picture.
So why did I pick that picture? Therein lies the key: while the woman is beautiful, the designer is important, and the gown is technically spectacular, the picture strikes me as hilarious. The combination of that gown, the Amy Winehouse bedhead hairstyle, the straw catwalk, and the requisite ‘fierce’ model expression tickles my funnybone in a big way.
I do not believe that beauty earns one a snark-free existance any more than I believe that failing to be beautiful should earn one a lifetime of abuse.
I do not believe that talent is sufficient protection from a bit of humor about what you produce.
And ultimately, I believe that Sir WS Gilbert was correct when he put these words into the mouth of Jack Point from his operetta The Yeomen of the Guard:
For look you, there is humor in all things, and the truest philosophy is that which teaches us to find it and to make the most of it.
That means the next Sunday Caption Madness picture has an equal chance of being of a beautiful woman, an important designer’s work, or just some random person doing something ridiculous. The choice is determined by my sense of humor, and not by the worthiness of the subject as a human being.
And now, on to the winner.
Last week I hit you guys with this priceless image:
and you came back at me with a record number of great captions. But there can be only one winner, and this week it’s Jennie for this fabulously silly yet positive spin on the photo:
Eve decided if she was getting kicked out of the garden, at least she was going in style…
Congratulations, Jennie! And thanks to everyone who played!