Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Signs of the Times



A five-story assemblage of soft-core porn was unveiled in front of Macys at Union Square recently, and the only thought that ran through my head was, "Bend it like Beckham, indeed."



A couple of blocks away, a handwritten note advised pedestrians that "Jesus Returns. Are you invited to the party?"



Meanwhile, at the party which is the San Francisco City Hall gay marriage circus, protestors and supporters were having a field day with each other late Monday afternoon...



...shouting slogans...



...and brandishing offensive signage.



Oddly enough, the shock tactics of the anti-gay marriage protestors remind me of the theatrical ACT UP protests of the 1980s in a distorted, funhouse mirror kind of way.

6 comments:

Matty Boy said...

Do you think Beckham's package has been enhanced with the photoshop like Adam Sandler's?

I guessing no, but it's just a guess.

namastenancy said...

It's difficult to avoid speculating about that, isn't it? I am talking a class called "Walk SF" which provides a historical perspective on SF architecture. Yesterday we had a class on Union Square, showing all the buildings that have been there since 1870 - and ending with Beckham. Now, that was a killer finale. I loved all the Beaux Arts and Neo-Classical facades of the past but it's hard (no pun intended) to beat Beckham's abs.

janinsanfran said...

Gentlemen, remember the Roger Craig bus shelter displays? There was a guy. :-)

AlbGlinka said...

Mike: Sorry I didn't let you know in advance, but if you'd bought $200 worth of Emporio Armani undies at Macy's, you could have gotten Beckham's autograph yesterday. These are the factoids I get to find out by working Retail! hugs, Grove

sfmike said...

Dear Grove: I'm with Jan. If I was going to buy $200 worth of underwear for an autograph, it would have been for Roger Craig rather than Posh Spice's hubby. Nice to hear you are still a Retail God(dess).

Lisa at Fragile Industries Studios said...

Now that's civic beautification. Carry on all you want about porn, Michelangelo's David is just another hunky guy. Enjoy the view and don't worry.

The City Hall hatemongers are so far from the Love of Jesus it's almost sad. If they read their Bible, they'd notice that neither Jesus, nor any of his apostles, nor any of the Gospels, had anything to say about same-sex love. All those sources, though, had lots to say about Pharisees who stayed in the temple with the moneychangers and worried about degrees of holiness. And lots to say about tolerance, love, joy, and charity. Jesus hung out with the outcasts, the harlot, the poor. Jesus would have turned the dry Civic Center fountains into wine for these Weddings at Cana. I've never been so proud of my Old Firm for making this joy possible.

By the by, Mike, I'll be in town in September for the Opera Opener (with Dmitri, my fetish). I'll be the one in the gown formerly worn by Ruth Anne and Patti Racette. Thank you, Costume Shop sales! You know where to find me if you want to get together.