I rely on OK! Magazine to help me sort through the detritus of the week's cultural stew and learn where my place is in the universe. Or, at least I can follow the important moments in the lives of Matthew McConaughey or Heidi Klum. Even if I don't know who they are, which happens more and more, at least I can gather string on these folks for cocktail hour chatter that makes me seem hip.
But recently my faith was shaken substantially by what I think might be something unreliable in OK!'s "Who's Been Out This Week? NEW PICS!" feature.
There in the lower left hand corner is a photo of a woman and a guy at the beach (you can see a gallery of the photos in question here). The guy was not Matthew McConaughey or a beefed up Hugh Jackman, which is usually the case, so I paid attention.
Headlined "Tara's new man," here's what it said:
"Bikini babe Tara Reid, 32, enjoys Miami Beach Fla., on May 9, with a new beau. "This is my new boyfriend, Alex," Tara told photographers." To be equitable, Alex is wearing plaid swim trunks and some kind of Panama hat.
Now here's the kicker: "He's completely besotted with her", a source tells OK!"
Besotted?! Besotted?! What is this, a Shakespeare play? I don't know Ms. Reid or the mysterious Alex, but what are the chances that someone who knows them would use the word, "besotted"? Slim, right? Maybe OK! is going to out-of-work academics to gin up their quotes but this just didn't seem right to me. Readers, thoughts?
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