I just read this recent article on CNN about nail art. It shows some nail art, NY Fashion Week, the growing nail art market, and discusses nail art being shown on social media. Nail art has been taking off in the past few years, and it’s a fun, non-permanent form of art and self-expression.
That’s all well and good. What really bothered me from the article was the comments. They are really appalling. Most of them are not-so-thinly veiled racism/classism, with a few random idiotic comments thrown in for good measure.
Since I’m apparently a low-class, trashy, uneducated slob because I like nail art, it should be no threat to any of the erudite commenters if l pull a few quotes from the comments and expand upon them (comments in italics, my response in bold).
Comments About The Correlation Between Nail Art And Having A Crap Job
“I really like these nails. When people show up for job interviews with these talons I know I can cut it short because I would never hire an individual with junk like this on their fingers.”
“A new form of self-expression, indeed…This form of self-expression says “I want a low paying job, but will be eager to complain I can’t get a higher paying job.“
“Those talons are gross and are “low class.” Good luck getting a job or being promoted into a better one. Nails should be simple, clean and well groomed, IMO.”
“Eeek! As a female VP in a multinational corporation, I would NEVER dream of doing this… And I would never hire someone with this mess either. Does not read as “serious” enough, nor someone I could put in front of executives.”- Really, before I ditched the corporate life, your position would have reported to me. Luckily, all the executives I’ve worked with/for seem to value talent and skill rather than focus on my nails. Perhaps you need to blend in to keep your job, since you have no other particularly distinguishing talents?
Well, me and my trashy hands with “junk like this on my fingers” worked in a very high-level job at a major corporation where my only boss was the CEO. Granted, it was in Japan, but I have to say their work attire is more conservative than the US, not less.
Hey Folks, If You Don’t Paint Your Nails, We Can Go Back To Eden!
“The entire world is crumbling and America is going down daily and all these twits can do is play with their damned nails? Give me a break! You are doing artwork on your NAILS while innocent people are dying all over the world? You are a bunch of ignorant and stupid females that have NEVER grown up!“
I hope you have NEVER spent money or time on ANY grooming, entertainment or ever had any fun while innocent people are dying! In fact, what on earth are you doing: a) reading CNN; and b) commenting on articles when you should be out SAVING people?! We need you to tell us how to grow up and be smart like you. I bet you’re a blast at at parties.
Just Put On Your KKK Gear And Be Done With It..At Least I’d Respect Your Honesty
“I’d like to see the correlation between nails like this and voting for Obama.”
“Where I’m from, we call those nails “ghetto talons”. Only a crackhead would walk around thinking those nail designs look good.“
Nail Art Fans Are Useless Fatasses!
“Did you ever notice that a lot of fat women have awesome nails and get them done? Instead of sitting on your a** getting your nails done take the money you spend on nails, and buy a membership to a gym you can get one for about 15-30 bucks a month and get on a treadmill and start walking soon you will see less of a need for nails.”
I’m scrawny as heck and I have awesome nails. Oh, and where’s this mythical gym that costs $15? Also, if you lose weight, you lose interest in your personal appearance? And…if you’re so smart and you know the solution to everyone’s problems, how come you can’t write a decent sentence? Did you lose your commas at your mythical $15 gym on the magical treadmill?
Just Plain Stupid
“I wonder how many women spending money on this expect free birth control?”
???? Ladies, unlike the commenter, don’t go to any nail salon where the tech does your nails, turns around, and then whips on a lab coat and proceeds to give you birth control injections as a Gift With Purchase. Likewise, don’t go to any gyno who checks your ladybits and then starts painting your toenails while you’re still in the stirrups. Nail art and gynecology are two different things. Don’t go anywhere where it’s a one stop shop.
“IME, the more outlandish the nails are, the uglier (inside and outside), less confident and less educated is the woman sporting them.”
I am a hideous hosebeast who dropped out of school in kindergarten. Just kidding, I had a top-notch education with a good variety of scholarships thrown in. No one has ever told me I’m horrible to look at. My insides, however, are probably pink and slimy. I’ll give you that one.
“It’s amazing how far people will go to try and make themselves feel that they are something special….even if they are not! I’m not sure how walking around with bizarre designs on your fingernails helps you feel good about yourself….maybe the folks who do this have too much money and too little sense.”
Are you the Grand Poo-Bah Of Specialness? Are you the only person who can decide who is Something Special? And, if it’s not YOUR money being spent, what business is it of yours how others use their money? Please tell me you don’t have tattoos, designer clothes or anything else that might prompt others to judge your “specialness” against their own standards.
“So men can tell women these nails are crap and not attractive in the least. A plain solid color ( except black ) or frenched nails will do and have much more class. If this is personal expression then you need H E L P.”
I need H E L P!
Why is everyone frayed so thin, so ready to snap and judge over something like nail art? I mean, apparently, I’m ignorant, unemployable, stupid (and also demanding free birth control!) because I like to paint stuff on my nails. I mean, heaven forbid I actually just think it’s a fun thing to do. Aren’t we past the “only-prostitutes-wear-lipstick” phase yet?
Why so much hatred and judgment for people who do things differently from you? Is it hurting you? Is it hurting them? Is it dangerous? Heck, it’s not even PERMANENT.
There are folks who take time to register and leave comments on my blog reaming me out for being an N-lover and promoting N-word nails (they used the whole word, of course) which makes no sense since I was showing nails from the Tokyo Nail Expo. Apparently, the Japanese nail professionals there just had on *really* good disguises. But you can’t use logic on people with closed minds. It simply does not work.
I can see the “it’s a waste of time” argument. OK, for those who have a problem with the perceived lack of productivity, do YOU have any downtime? Do you watch movies or get your hair done or read a book or mess around on the Internet? I hope not! I hope your every waking moment is spent Doing Important Things To Save The World.
I can also see the “it’s tacky” argument. So what? Lots of things are, it’s in the eye of the beholder. I have fun and enjoy myself with it, and my nail art brings a smile to people’s faces more often than not. I don’t paint my nails for the general public, I paint them for myself. It doesn’t hurt anyone else. It can start a conversation or give me a little pickup on a dark day. What’s so wrong with that? If you don’t like nail art/Ugg boots/costume jewelry/Hawaiian print shirts, then don’t buy them! Simple. So simple, in fact, that an uneducated ignoramus nail art fan can come up with it!
And if you’re slamming people who (you perceive) are into nail art because you don’t like “their kind” as a whole, that is just pure cowardice. At least stand up and have the guts to admit you’re a racist and everything “those people” do disgusts you, and there is nothing “they” could do that you would approve of. Because it’s really not about their nails at all, is it?
Phew. Rant over. I usually don’t focus on the negative, but I was just so appalled. Just a little note for the prolific N-word users: I am moderating ALL comments. If you want to post hateful/racist/classist comments, my blog will not be a vehicle for you.
ETA: For the folks who contacted me and said I was taking nails as overly seriously as the original commenters on CNN, you’ve missed my point. What really bothers me about these comments is not the fact that some people don’t like nail art. Of course it’s not for everyone and I don’t expect it to be. People call my nails tacky all the time (and I tend to agree with them, LOL!) What really bothered me is how the commenters stereotype a whole group of people as being ghetto-dwelling, unemployable, uneducated, Obama voters demanding free birth control because they like nail art. THAT’S the real issue.
Next post will be back to our regularly scheduled sparkly fabulousness.