This morning, as I sat with my coffee in front of Daybreak (like Good Morning America, except British) while bucking up the courage to face the day, I had a dejavu moment worth sharing. The male host of Daybreak is a bloke called John Stapleton, who, while I am sure is a very nice man, is a proper throwback to 60s TV in his pale blue suit, his hair a shocking brown against a waxy, yellow complexion. At best, he looks like an aging playboy uncle, at worst, an extra from The Monkees.
I was reminded of when we first arrived here 21 years ago and I was simply dumbstruck at what I felt was the weird British obsession with putting unattractive and ordinary-looking people on the tele. Having come from the Teflon slickness of American TV, where every blemish, spot, wrinkle and gray is either eliminated in the makeup room, shot through a Vaseline lens or airbrushed until everyone resembled a Cher Glamour Shot, I am sure you can understand my confusion. Watching American TV, you could almost taste the peroxide in their teeth, and as far as I was concerned, in 1993, that was a GOOD thing. Viewing life through my American lens, TV was about escapism, not reality. If I was going to tune in, I better see something better on that screen than I saw in the mirror 5 minutes ago.
But you have only to tune into any UK TV series to realize that, unless you are Benedict Cumberbatch, if you are too attractive in England, you will probably be out of work. How else can you explain Mick Jagger? Seriously… the guy looks like beef jerky no matter how well he “moves.”
But now, as I am neither as Teflon polished as once I was, I have realized that maybe the Brits have a point. Mr. Stapleton engages in some easy banter with his co-host, Kate, and I laugh. I drink my coffee through peroxide-free teeth and am thankful for the glory of caffeine on another rainy morning. Who wants to look like Cher, anyway?
Have a happy day, all…
- feature photo: spokeo.com
- Cher photo credit: beststarofyear.com
- Benedict Cumberbatch photo credit: eonline.co
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