Talking Posh: Is Victoria Beckham a Good Role Model For Women?

  • Victoria Beckham was named Enterpreneur of the Year at this year’s Glamour Awards on Tuesday. On the heels of this honor, The Scotsman has assembled a team of prominent women to debate the merits of Miss Posh. Some, like editor Elaine Griffiths, are complimentary: “I think that Victoria Beckham is a pretty good role model for mums, and I think that a lot of mums really admire her, even if they won’t always admit it! She comes across as a very hands-on mum.” Others, like comedian Elaine C. Smith, are quite harsh: “We’ve got female scientists, doctors and other fantastic women doing amazing things for humanity. All the lawyers, aid workers, nurses, mothers, teachers, businesswomen, and carers doing wonderful work, and this award goes to a wealthy, publicity-addicted clothes horse who in my opinion is one of the worst role models for our young women to follow.”
  • The Hotstuff Files sent along their interview with former Sugababes singer Siobhan Donaghy. She talks about her post-Sugababes career, her lack of radio airplay, and the misconceptions about Posh Spice. “I’ve always been surprised because everyone I’ve met has been very friendly. And I remember the first TV I did with the Sugababes, and that was CD:UK and Victoria Beckham came up and said hi to us and she was so funny, down to earth, and lovely. And ever since then I’ve never understood why people dislike her. I’ve never got it. She’s just so easy to like when you meet her.”
  • The Mirror says The Spice Girls have already begun to record new tracks for their reunion!
  • Paul McCartney played a secret gig for 1,000 fans who got tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Daily Mail)
  • Photos from the concert can be found at NME.
  • The Guardian‘s Ian Gittins gave the concert four stars and says his new tracks hold up against the classics. “It’s a testament to the quality of Memory Almost Full that there was no obvious drop-off in quality as the band changed gear into new material.”
  • Today’s Popbitch has a rather nasty bit on Paul and his alleged “rug”: “The backstage area of Later With Jools Holland this week was buzzing after one of the show’s team loudly claimed that PaulMcCartney had a hairpiece. FYI: Everyone was calling Macca ‘Cilla Black‘ behind his back, thanks to chipmunk teeth and skin stretched way too tight on the face.”
  • The Daily Mail has an interview with The Great Entertainer, Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs.
  • Icy Kristin Scott Thomas is having a summer thaw. (Daily Mail)
  • Jon Bon Jovi gets kinda bitchy with a Guardian interviewer. He clearly doesn’t care for the British media.
  • Pete Doherty will sing “Chim Chiminey” in a tribute to the Disney songbook.(The Times)
  • Actress Gabrielle Drake, sister of the late singer-songwriter Nick Drake, has an interview with The Times about her late brother, his music, and why there will never be a film made of his life.
  • The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw gives four stars to what’s being dubbed “the British Fahrenheit 9/11.”
  • Sean Connery says he having “too much fun” in retirement to reprise his role in the Indiana Jones series.(Guardian)
  • The Guardian has the latest on the romantic comedy Ricky Gervais is doing with Greg Kinnear and Téa Leoni. Plus: Martin Campbell‘s follow-up to Casino Royale.
  • Rachel Weisz says her baby is growing up so fast. (Just Jared has photos.) Maybe she’s given birth to a Nephelim.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author who just won the Orange literary prize, tells The Guardian she’s sick of Africa being “the place where the westerner goes to sort out his morality issues. We see it in films and in lots of books about Africa, and it’s very troubling to me.” And she even takes a shot at Mammy Madge. “What I find problematic is the suggestion that when, say, Madonna adopts an African child, she is saving Africa. It’s not that simple. You have to do more than go there and adopt a child or show us pictures of children with flies in their eyes. That simplifies Africa. If you followed the media you’d think that everybody in Africa was starving to death, and that’s not the case; so it’s important to engage with the other Africa.” God bless this woman!

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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