Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Not Good, GQ, Not Good

Just saw this article in an industry publication I regularly read and had to reprint it. Shame on you, GQ, specifically writer John B. Thompson, for your complete lack of sensitivity and out-right stupidity. And cheers to Dr. Brian Skotko of Boston for taking the magazine to task and responding with a touching blog post about his sister, Kristin, who has Down Syndrome.

Apparently, GQ named the 40 worst-dressed cities in the country, with Boston topping the list. According to GQ writer John B. Thompson, the city “… is like America’s Bad-Taste Storm Sewer: all the worst fashion ideas from across the country flow there, stagnate and putrefy.”

The article then went on to slam the mentally-challenged who have an extra chromosome stating, “Boston suffers from a kind of Style Down Syndrome, where a little extra ends up ruining everything.”

Really?? For lack of a better response, all I can say is, “GQ, you suck.”

Below is a blurb from Dr. Skotko’s more well thought-out and touching reply, which was posted on the Children’s Hospital of Boston’s Pediatric health blog. Such publications as The Washington Post, Boston Herald and Boston’s Fox News have covered the story, allowing the doctor to speak about the issue. Click here to read the blog post in full.

Mock my pants, not my sister

Go ahead, GQ, and mock my blue whale-emblemed Nantucket-red pants. Laugh if you want at the loud argyles that I prefer to wear with my black suit. I don’t even care if you dismiss the sexy pink polka-dotted tie that I like to wear with my blue-checkered shirt in clinic. But, whatever you do, do not mess with my sister.

You’re a good man, Dr. Skotko, and you are blessed to have an angel like Kristin in your life, but I bet you already knew that. And, I, for one, like how you dress. Preppies across the nation salute you!

For the record, GQ removed the line from the article, but GQ’s editor has not responded to Dr. Skotko’s letter.

Happy, Wednesday, friends. Hope the week is treating you well.
Image from the Children’s Hospital of Boston’s Pediatric health blog


Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

The entire GQ article was crap. They listed Manhattan and San Francisco as some of the worst dressed cities in America. Thankfully GQ is not considered credible at all these days, and while I enjoy tasteless humor and mockery, this was simply too far for me. I cancelled the office subscription. What does the "G" in GQ currently stand for anyway? Certainly not what it used to.

Trish {Pink Preppy Lilly Lover} said...

I have goose bumps - what a class act!!! Beautifully written article, good for him for speaking up and taking a stand!! Thank you so much for sharing!! ;)

James said...

I agree with YWP, this really is beyond understanding.

High Heeled Life said...

People's lack of; knowledge, understanding, compassion, an just plain good person - never seizes to amaze me. These are professional writers - what are they thinking? I guess they are not.
As someone with ABI (acquired brain injury) and various physical limitations, since my accident - I often need to remind people I'm still a person - I just function different from before. Kristin, has more class, compassion and good manners than Mr. John B. Thompson could ever hope to have. I'm so happy to read Kristin has a wonderful brother in Dr. Skotko, who will stand up for her rights!!..

Thanks for your post today, people really need to learn that the world will be a much more wonderful place with respect and compassion. After all God made us as we needed to be in this human life. xo HHL

Amanda Profumo said...

Oh my... I am appauled. How thoughtless and insensitive. If I were a subscriber, I would immediately cancel my subscription.

very married said...

i heard about this article but only because the radio stations in NYC were going nuts about Manhattan being so high. I hadn't heard about this insensitive comment though!

Angela Duke said...

Thank you for posting this!! I follow GQ on Twitter, and for about a week they kept posting links to this list. Each city contained a completely ridiculous and unfounded description of the types of people who inhabit them. This particular one you detailed is beyond unacceptable. How anyone can be that crude, I don't know, but I feel like GQ has far departed from the magazine that JFK Jr. started. This is such an embarrassment for them.

Marilyn said...

Unbelievable. That's all I can muster.

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Thanks for posting this, it kills me that stuff like that would still get published in a major magazine today!

Deniz said...

Hi!:) happy days!... :)

Anonymous said...

Shame on GQ! Shame!