Would someone get Peggy Agar a makeover?

Everyone who saw Barack Obama call Peggy Agar “sweetie” on Detroit’s WXYZ Channel 7, wanted to see the face that went with the voice.

I’m trying to think of a way to say this that doesn’t sound either brutal or deeply shallow and I can’t think of one. So I’ll just come out and say it. Peggy Agar needs a makeover.

Yes, I’m blond too, and a little heavier than I would like to be (who isn’t), but I’m not on television. Peggy Agar is.

First of all, that red jacket. Blonds, at least natural blonds with our completion type ( I think I’m a “winter”) can’t wear that shade of red. Cinnamon red, okay. Brick red. Salmon red. Not scarlet. Let the Asians wear scarlet–we just can’t pull it off. And what’s the matter with more conservative colors–gray, black, blue, navy? We can wear those colors–they show off our faces. They disguise less-than-perfect figures.

Then there’s the hair. I once met a guy who they said “combed his hair with firecrackers”. I can’t begin to figure out what’s wrong with Ms. Agar’s hair, maybe the part…? She needs to start out with a good basic cut, that’s for sure. Short enough to fall naturally instead of bunching up, but long enough not to make her look heavier.

Remember back when Oprah had a “face made for radio”? Ewww. But she’s presentable now, very presentable. And her wardrobe–an even worse disaster!!!! Oprah has no taste whatsoever, but she doesn’t need taste. She has talent and she has money and she has People. She can use her time to do what she does best, then pay someone else to do her appearance.

I have never seen Peggy Agar before–maybe she was just having a Bad Hair Day–but I can see this much. She has voice and she has presence. But she doesn’t have People.

Here is my advice for Peggy Agar:

Your fifteen minutes of fame is not over yet. You’ve got about ten minutes left. The Obama people owe you one, big time, and one day soon you may be able to collect.

Here’s what you do. Get some People. Hair People, makeup People, personal trainer People. People who know how to make you look good on camera. Can you find out who does Ellen? Hillary? Maybe they will do it as a promotion?

Oooh! Oooh! Maybe Tyra would do you. “Fierce walk, fierce walk!” I love Tyra.

Figure out how to write it off as a business expense. It is. Then have fun with it. It’s your life. Enjoy it. Try the stuff they give you, no matter how bizarre. I think Ellen did a segment like this when she was starting out–they had her as motorcycle mama, soccer mom, etc.

Then think about what’s wrong about the Obama campaign, and what he and his surrogates need to learn to be an effective President or Vice President for ALL the American people, including women. I want to hear you ask him the tough questions. Whether he thinks women should worry their pretty little heads about having careers. The feminization of poverty. How he would incorporate women into his staff. Would he have cutsie little Monica-type interns and flirt with them the way he does with the female voters, or would he take them seriously? Bill Clinton has had to defend the racist charges against him time and again. Obama needs to do the same with sexism. Then think of where you want your career path to go next–do you want to be the next Charlie Rose? the next Baba Wawa? –and ask Obama some of those kind of questions too. Sort of a national resume tryout.

Maybe the WXYZ could hype it a bit and solicit better questions from Detroit viewers, or have the voters use their cellphones to vote on questions they want to see Obama answer. Or solicit questions from the Clinton campaign just for equal time.

I don’t live anywhere near Detroit, but believe me, if Peggy Agar can pull off that interview with Barack Obama, I will be looking for it on the internet.

Oh, and I hear the Senator’s wife calls him “stinky” as a term of endearment…..hee, hee …. are you thinking what I’m thinking….

Okay, so that’s my free advice. You can decide if it’s worth what you paid for it.

26 Responses to “Would someone get Peggy Agar a makeover?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Suggesting that Agar needs a makeover is just about as offensive as dismissively calling her sweetie. She is a more than competent report her who doesn’t need to “disguise her figure” or take advice from Tyra.

  2. misogynists blow Says:

    i didn’t even read your entire s*** post, because it’s clearly not worth the time.

    still, it’s nice to know some idiots are still judging women based on their looks rather than accomplishments. you are a sexist piece of s*** and i hope you know that. your parents should be ashamed for raising such a piece of c***.

    *Edited for profanity. -N

  3. C. SHEPHERD Says:

    WOW !!!!!!!!


  4. Bob Says:

    Maybe sweetie was on the rag, thats why she got upset.

  5. Bernadette Says:

    Shame on you critics, you need a makeover, a personality one , who are you to be critical of this woman, It is hard enough in this world. Some people are not born with thick curly hair, thin hair is hard to style. No matter how Peggy Agar looks, she is a great reporter. I will never understand how people can be so nasty to other people.

  6. James Says:

    I will never understand how people can be so nasty to other people.

    I think the blatant sexism in these responses is probably a clue. There’s more going on here than simply speaking cruelly of a fellow human being.

  7. Nijma Says:

    A couple of the comments suggest I’m not being fair to Ms. Agar. Hmm. Perhaps not. But life is not fair, and whether or not appearances should count, they do.

    Ms. Agar clearly does much more than read a script. She is personable, she can think critically, and she can express herself in a way that paints a picture for the listener and inspires further interest in a subject. The local Detroit viewers probably love her.

    But there is a different standard for national programs. Look at someone like Charlie Rose, with his wardrobe credits at the end. Or look at a picture of any Hollywood personality without their camera makeup. No, her appearance is just not ready for primetime.

  8. James Says:

    her appearance is just not ready for primetime.

    Isn’t that purely your judgment, though, for which you are responsible?

    It would be one thing if she’d been turned down for a national network job, and you were trying to explain why the networks (or their audiences) demand certain looks in their on-air reporters.

    But she wasn’t having the slightest problem with her appearance in her job, and her looks weren’t relevant to the “sweetie” incident with Obama. You chose to post about her looks, right, when they hadn’t been mentioned by anyone?

    (And, no, not “everyone … wanted to see the face that went with the voice.” It never occurred to me to wonder what she looked like, and I have no idea why you think it’s relevant. The senator called a woman “sweetie”; whether you think that’s an issue or not, her looks didn’t matter. Women old and young, attractive and unattractive, are traditionally called “sweetie.”)

  9. Nijma Says:

    It’s traditional to call women “sweetie”? Yeah, right, James. And slavery is traditional too.

    Oooh, Oooh! And torture! What could be more traditional than torture? If you would like my own personal opinion of tradition, you might want to review Shirley Jackson’s timeless short story “The Lottery”.

    Calling someone “sweetie” when you have no informal relationship with them is a subtle psychological game meant to evoke a relationship that is either parent-child or based on sexual intimacy. It is not a term that is used when you want to reinforce a culture of respect between professionals.

    Calling a woman “sweetie” is also a subtle reminder of the sexual harassment issues every woman has faced at work at some time or another and serves as a reminder of potential sexual vulnerability. It is a sneaky way of telling a woman she is expected to play a dependent role or of subtly putting a woman in “her place”.

    If you think Peggy Agar is not national anymore, think again. She just went viral. They’ve heard about her in my little local ma and pa grocery. And like I said, I want to see her do that Obama interview–in style.

  10. James Says:

    It’s traditional to call women “sweetie”? Yeah, right, James.

    I think you misunderstood, Nijma. I was not saying that I approved of the word “sweetie.” On the contrary, I despise the word, as it has traditionally been used in a sexist and demeaning manner.

    Calling someone “sweetie” when you have no informal relationship with them is a subtle psychological game

    Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that every use of that term must be part of a subtle, psychological game. But it usually seems to be.

    If you think Peggy Agar is not national anymore, think again.

    The fact that she’s now known nationally doesn’t mean that she’s required to meet minimum standards of attractiveness.

    It’s still highly sexist to point to that local reporter and criticize her appearance, and the fact that she’s now having 15 minutes of fame doesn’t change matters.

  11. Nijma Says:

    Oh, I don’t think Peggy Agar should try to be attractive at all. Attractiveness is a drawback in many situations, and this is one. A woman professional doesn’t want to get mistaken for a bimbo, after all.

    I’m talking about looking put together or polished–something more in the line of a uniform, if you can call it that. This expectation isn’t based totally on gender either, although I would agree women are more likely to be the target of this type of social pressure. Again, look at Charlie Rose, and his Ralph Lauren suits. That guy’s got some major hotness goin’ on, but you don’t sit there thinking “oh, he’s hot” while he’s interviewing the King of Jordan.

    I’m still trying to sort out the levels of “sweetie”. I got called “sweetheart” today buying a tomato–by a guy young enough to be out of my league–so I have a new interaction to ponder. Using it in a work environment though I would still consider to be manipulative. I think some of this manipulative behaviour gets codified into social norms over time because it’s so useful in reinforcing desired caste distinctions.

  12. LunchAdmin Says:

    Wow. Nijma … sweetie – your brain is just not ready for primetime

  13. Nijma Says:

    When you get enough of your thoughts together to write a post about it, Lunch, do let me know.

  14. Elizabeth Says:

    That’s my Aunt. If that’s all you have to talk about then get yourself a life why don’t you. How pathetic!

  15. Nijma Says:

    But Elizabeth, how do you really feel?

    You didn’t read my comments either, did you.

    And now that Obama won the election, when is the interview???!!

  16. Karen Says:

    Peggy is my daughter-in-law’s aunt. The cameras do not do her justice. In person, she is a beautiful women inside and outside.
    What is with this country today? Does everybody judge on looks.
    She is a great reporter. By the way it doesn’t bother me if any one calls me a sweetie.

  17. Elizabeth Says:

    FYI- She did get that interview!

  18. Nijma Says:


    Oh, I found it. It’s already happened–back in June.

  19. Peggy Agar Says:

    [This remark has been removed as its authenticity could not be verified. -N]

  20. Nijma Says:

    I don’t know if the above comment is really from the person it says or if someone is impersonating a public figure. It does seem odd to me that the real Peggy Agar works in Detroit, but the comment above was posted from an IP in California.

    In case anyone needs to review the law about online defamation you can read the Electronic Frontier foundation’s guidelines here. In the meantime, if anyone has any information about whether the above comment is genuine, I would appreciate an email.

  21. Elizabeth Says:

    That is not her.

  22. Nijma Says:

    Thank you for the prompt reply; the comment has been removed .

  23. thomas eby Says:

    I find most of these absurd comments about Peggy Agar down right insulting. Peggy Agar is, from what I see, a fine reporter for channel 7 and does a very good job for them.
    The comments about her hair, weight and appearance seem to come from those who need to find something wrong in others.

    If one would look closely they would see that Peggy is well groomed and dressed and is not at all shy about what she does in her reporting.

    Let us look to ourselves when we judge others and we will realize we are judging another good person in a very negative way.

    Peggy is a human being and deserving of all the respect that the rest of us are due.

    I say God bless Peggy and stay strong in the face of some nonsense that is from those who must find fault in others.

    thomas eby
    White Lake, Michigan

  24. Greg Says:

    OK, I’m going to lay into you as well. You criticize Peggy Agar as having a “less-than-perfect figure”, which really is a kind way of saying “Fat, and *I* think that’s ugly, therefore *everyone* else agrees.” You also deny her the right to be “a little heavier than (she) wants to be” by cleverly superimposing your self-image opinion onto Peggy. You then criticize her hair because it presumably “makes her look heavier” . . . . Ah, to you maybe. All that is irrelevant to her job skills, yet she’s on television, which you hint somehow makes her more required to fit *your* ideal image of female attractiveness.

    A very basic thing that you fail to realize is that your personal tastes and opinions, while valid, are not universal. The variation in women’s weights and sizes is just as lovely as the variations in hair colour, hair styles, eye colour, facial appearance, height, and everything else. Personally, I find curvy, “cuddle-sized” women *much* more desirable than thin women. I’m serious when I say things like big hips, chubby thighs, a squeezable tummy, soft arms, and a rounded face, are very charming to me. Add big eyes, and a nice smile, and I’m lost! Starkly different than your opinion of feminine beauty, obviously, but no less valid.

    The tiny, fuzzy picture you post doesn’t do her justice, but I find Peggy Agar one of the most attractive women on Detroit TV News. Jackie Paige (traffic reporter, Fox 2) is another very beautiful, curvy woman. Do some google image searches. Feminine beauty doesn’t come from any type of “cookie cutter”.

    You may want a world where all women were size 2, but demanding that would be as fair as me forcing a world where every woman was at least a size 18.

    • Nijma Says:

      Too bad I don’t live anywhere near Virginia, Greg, or I would marry you.

      I think you’re missing the point though. Why would anyone judge a woman professional on “beauty”? She’s not there to have an intimate relationship with you; she’s there to do a job.

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