Quote of the week

Are you familiar with Katherine Timpf? I’m not. But the Z Man says he knows the type:

Katherine Timpf in unofficial uniformMx. Timpf is probably a nice person. I only had a vague recollection of her so I looked up some clips of her on YouTube. Here’s a longish one. From the photos on line and her video clips, it appears she figured out that she could work the naughty librarian look into a paying gig in conservative media. Her bio says she is a libertarian, but exactly no one gives a damn about her political views. She’s on TV because she is easy on the eyes and willing to play the sex kitten on these chat shows. That’s how it works.

There’s nothing new about this, but in the past, the women doing the TV bimbo roles knew why they were on TV. In fact, many had made it to television via modeling or beauty pageants. Phyllis George was the winner of the 1971 Miss America pageant and that got her a gig on CBS as a sportscaster in 1974. She provided the legs, while gnarly old dudes like Jimmy the Greek and Brent Musberger talked football. George never carried on like she was an expert on football. She was eye candy and the moderator of the show.

Today, young women like Katherine Timpf are walking around thinking they are where they are because they are important thinkers. The exchange she had with Colin Flaherty was sadly comical. She picked up some libertarian talking points and she repeats them, making “criminal justice reform” her issue. In the old days, the beauty pageant girls would cast about for a talent that they could use in shows. Today, TV bimbos cast about for a social cause they can champion on TV, while showing some leg.

One should not assume, though, that the various male “thinkers” on cable TV are necessarily any brighter: Sean Hannity ain’t exactly Brainiac 5, but he has a scowl that, not unlike Timpf’s gams, goes on for days. Still, the conventional wisdom here is pervasive enough that you’ll probably never see Rachel Maddow in a skirt.


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 July 2017 · 3:03 pm

    really, whatever dubious “eye candy” Hannity provides (blech, so not my type for many reasons), it’s NOT equal time with the news-bunnies.

    I dunno. Maybe we women are supposed to look at the sportscaster dudes, IDK. (Though honestly, for me, what does it more is a voice – someone like Kelsey Grammar could read the phone book.)

  2. McG »

    29 July 2017 · 4:59 pm

    Hannity isn’t even Brainiac 0.05. First I heard of him, he was guest-hosting for Limbaugh, and I emailed Rush advising him not to have him back.

    He never does what I tell him, so I stopped trying.

  3. Holly H »

    31 July 2017 · 10:01 am

    Ah, Kelsey Grammar’s voice. Smooth, rich, velvet. Perfectly delectable as Sideshow Bob on the Simpsons.

    Ironic that he always played the role of the smugly-intellectual superior to everyone else, while in real-life, he chose curvaceous blondes. Here’s a snippet from his Wikipedia post: “His second marriage, to former exotic dancer Leigh-Anne Csuhany in September 1992, lasted one year.”

  4. Holly H »

    31 July 2017 · 10:03 am

    And no, you will never see Rachel Maddow in a skirt. You do remember which team she’s on? ha

  5. CGHill »

    31 July 2017 · 10:20 am

    I do remember for whom she bats. But things can happen: I remember Ellen DeGeneres in Open House, before coming out or anything, playing a man-hungry receptionist. (She is. after all, an actor.)

  6. Holly H »

    31 July 2017 · 12:12 pm

    Yeah, The Larry Sanders Show also had fun with Ellen. She and Larry slept together, and she was great in bed. Her explanation was “I learned it at camp”. haha

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