November 30, 2005, - 3:08 pm

Men-the New Women-Alert: Jewelry for Men (the Brad Pitt Effect)

By Debbie Schlussel
Uh-Oh! It’s another episode in the continuing crisis of defining masculinity down in America.
Respected jewelers, like Tiffany & Co., and mass retailers, like Kay Jewelers, are trying to push a new trend–JEWELRY FOR MEN.
Yup, today’s Wall Street Journal reports on a Brad Pitt effect. Influenced by girlie-men celebs like Pitt, singer Lenny Kravitz, and actor Orlando Bloom, the Journal claims that, “Once considered a fringe market for rockers, rappers, gay men, and gangsters, men’s jewelry is inching toward the mainstream.” Say it ain’t so.

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Mrs. Smith: Girlie-Man Brad Pitt Wears Jewelry “for Men”

We’re not just talking fancy watches, either. Tiffany’s now carries “sporty” men’s jewelry, including rings, pendants and bracelets. Bracelets on men? Eeuw. Nothing “sporty” about that.
The WSJ article is entitled “Men Say Bling it on.” No, real men don’t WEAR bling–or bracelets. Oh, and by the way, I guess the WSJ didn’t get the memo: the word “bling” is out. Jewelry for men should be, too!

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“Some of my best religious friends” who get through life without a TV in their homes-and don’t have a clue who Baba Wawa & Co. are are not
so sheltered after all;I have to remind them that women may now rank #1 in % of bad tattoos(except in The NBA),but they are easily a distant second in bad earrings.

jaywilton on November 30, 2005 at 3:51 pm

I wonder if he wears pink pants as well?

KrnHwll on November 30, 2005 at 4:52 pm

“bling” is out? What’s the new word?

Shannon on November 30, 2005 at 6:00 pm

Isn’t Pitt usually thought of the ideal guy for masculinity in hollywood? Him and hugh jackman types are the go to guys for toughness, whereis dudes like Leo dicaprio and toby mcguire are the not so Rough ones. No offense to them of course, because i really don’t give a damn, they’re all good actors, but i don’t think wearing sunglasses “waters down the masculinity.”

nicholasedward on November 30, 2005 at 6:18 pm

Whatever happened to REAL HOLLYWOOD MEN, like Robert Mitchum, or Jack Palance, or Charles Bronson, or Bruce Willis?! It’s getting pretty damn limp-wristed in “Leading Man Land”. You want a real man for Hollywood?! Try Chuck Norris. Here are a few little known facts about a real man, Chuck Norris: http://www.4q.cc/chuck/index.php?topthirty

Yiddish Steel on November 30, 2005 at 9:41 pm

Another headline in the chronicals of the ongoing Sissyfication of America.

Dairenn on November 30, 2005 at 11:02 pm

Damn…After reading this I feel I need to stop wearing my gold cross and chain around my neck. Bling Bling is out? How will I get that Diamond out of my gold tooth?

MichaelRoland on December 1, 2005 at 9:06 am

Whatever happened to REAL HOLLYWOOD MEN like Bruce Willis?!
Do real man follow their ex-wives around caring for the children while she is with a man half her age?
I like the guy…but come on.

MichaelRoland on December 1, 2005 at 9:39 am

Michael…
Bruce Willis is a man’s man! He’s been a Hollywood action/blockbuster goldmine throughout his career. He was married to one of the hottest women in Hollywood. He’s an unquestionable American Patriot that’s not afraid to speak his mind in support of our country, our military, and the war on terror. I’d hardly call it “following his e-wife while she’s with men half her age.” At least the man can remain civil and run interference on the shitty tabloids while these rags try and make more of a story out of his relationship with his ex-wife and kids than it really is.

Yiddish Steel on December 1, 2005 at 9:55 am

I couldn’t care less who is or is not a “man’s man” in Hollywood since it’s a total fantasy world. How anyone can even remotely think of whipped Brad Pitt as a bastion of masculinity amazes me.
I just see this as yet another thinly veiled attempt to make the gay lifestyle acceptable. As much as the left/Hollywood hippies try, America proves time and time again that the majority does not see this as mainstream.

Jeff_W on December 1, 2005 at 11:15 am

Here in Jersey, lots of men have been wearing bracelets and gold necklaces since the 70s. Call it the Sopranos syndrome of mobster-wannabes, or call it what you like, but call them “gay” at your own risk.

mark-o on December 2, 2005 at 2:10 pm

On this I have to disagree. This is an example of what turns me off most about American neo-conservatives, and that’s disrespect for the culture of the Mother Continent just because they currently have idiot politicians who are letting their countries become Islamic satellites. In Europe men wear jewelry all the time, not that trashy ice garbage but tasteful jewelry. There are some things men should not wear, but there’s a difference between that and just saying men should not wear jewelry.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 13, 2006 at 12:37 am

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