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Personal/Random: Not Adrien Brody 
29th-Nov-2008 09:43 pm
I See You!
Sociologists, Media Studies, and American Studies people, take note: tonight one of the more consistently odd perceptual dynamics I've noted in my life in Milwaukee continued in its inexplicable reliability. Stopping in for a tuna salad sandwich for dinner at Cousins Subs, I made it to the head of the line when the cashier said, "You look like a superstar. But I can't think of who." I said, sure that this would be rejected, "Well, I often get Adrien Brody...." But she shook her head, "No, that's not it." I didn't think so. For I've noticed a pattern I cannot explain. White women think Adrien Brody, whenever this happens, but every black woman in Milwaukee – and lots of them stop me to say this, and the young woman speaking to me was black – always go with... "Well, then otherwise I get Nicholas Cage." "That's it!" she exclaimed, leaving me to wonder about the differences in race perception of males by women and other such arcane subjects. It's bizarre how perfectly consistent this pattern is. Maybe there's a Master's thesis out there for someone....
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30th-Nov-2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Meanwhile, I've found films by both actors -- and another one whose name escapes me at the mo -- are tainted by the association... :)
30th-Nov-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
And thus I cause destruction everywhere I go!
30th-Nov-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I find Cage annoying more often than not and Brody has been overhyped lately (though he is awful dreamy), so it's not a huge loss. :)
30th-Nov-2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
I'd have gone with Nicholas Cage, despite being a woman, but I had never heard of Adrien Brody. On Googling, I think you look more like Adrien Brody. I wonder if it's as much actor knowledge as physical perception in this case? Though I suspect there should be a different in facial perception by race, because distinguishing features are different for different racial groups. I never realised how much I relied on hair colour until I taught in a school whose students were predominantly of African-Caribbean descent.
30th-Nov-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
See?! I knew there was an interesting and serious discussion to be had on this phenomenon! Your hair colour comment is really interesting: I'll have to eyeball some of my friends and try to imagine my reaction to them with such variations.....
30th-Nov-2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm a white woman. And I thought you looked like Nicholas Cage!:)You may have more of a physical resemblance to Adrisn Brody. But, I think your spirit radiates more of a Nicholas Cage personality-- for whatever my opinion is worth.
30th-Nov-2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Heh.

Well, on that last, there's the humanizing Family Man Nicholas Cage, the drawling, polite, gonna-blow-things-up Con Air Nicholas Cage, and there's the bug-eating Nicholas Cage, not to mention the I-never-want-to-see-this-again, self-destructive Leaving Las Vegas Nicholas Cage. So I'm not sure what to think about your comment! ;-)
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