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It's easy to acknowledge showy beauty. It's not so easy -- and far more noble, and worthy of time -- to find the beauty not so obvious. Take another look at Agnieszka Radwanska, the opponent. She was playing Maria fucking #2 Sharapova!! And she OWNED her! Just goes to show that pretty is as pretty does, yo.

Posted by Katelyn | September 1, 2007 2:40 PM

you're an idiot charles.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 1, 2007 2:58 PM

Angieska should have been so intimidated by Maria´s beauty that she lost. What is wrong with her anyway???
I mean we all know since they were two women playing a sport they were much more absorbed by what they might look like than actually showing off their skill and talent.
Beauty always wins!!

Posted by mj | September 1, 2007 3:08 PM

Is it true that only Charles Mudede's writing possesses imperial beauty, or is it an attibute of his physical self as well?

Posted by marie | September 1, 2007 3:16 PM

Before I knew she was polish, I would have said Radwanska was much cuter, and that your black skin was giving you a wrongful bias for blondes. I've never had a polish girlfriend, but now I know, I can totally sense the chorus children who cooks only stews and potatoes in this grin.
I wonder if that makes me a racist.

Posted by Mo | September 1, 2007 3:17 PM

i really hope your joking charles.

Posted by douglas | September 1, 2007 3:17 PM

Before I knew she was polish, I would have said Radwanska was much cuter, and that your black skin was giving you a wrongful bias for blondes. I've never had a polish girlfriend, but now I know, I can totally sense the chorus child who cooks only stews and potatoes in this grin.
I wonder if that makes me a racist.

Posted by Mo | September 1, 2007 3:18 PM

Sometimes, Charles, you can be a real jerk.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 1, 2007 3:19 PM

that should be "you're joking", sorry.

Posted by douglas | September 1, 2007 3:19 PM

charles, you're an ass.

Posted by genevieve | September 1, 2007 3:23 PM

All I have to say is that if you don't stop posting these types of pictures...

I'll be one happy dude.

Posted by paul | September 1, 2007 3:34 PM

I've lost the ability to be upset at anything Charles says on Slog. It's all so incredibly rhetorical that negative emotions are just wasted.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | September 1, 2007 3:35 PM

I like the "less than 28 percent" line, and its implication that Charles has actually quantitatively measured their beauty in millihelens using his patented beautometer.

Posted by tsm | September 1, 2007 3:45 PM

I can only repeat what #s 2, 8, and 10 have to say. Goddess, what an idiot.

Posted by Sachi | September 1, 2007 3:47 PM

You're an idiot, Charles.

You think if the blond was pregnant she'd automatically become hideous to you?

Posted by Jessica | September 1, 2007 4:23 PM

I'm going go against the grain and say that Charles is being deeply tongue-in-cheek here. He's very ambiguous when it comes to the word "imperial" usually.

Also, it's not as if any of us will find out if he's being tongue-in-cheek or serious, right?

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | September 1, 2007 4:30 PM


To quote Krusty the Clown, "It's a joke!! When you give me that look, IT'S A JOKE."

Posted by D | September 1, 2007 4:36 PM

I can't help but feel that this guy gets off on any extreme reaction to his opinions. It's kind of pathetic, really. It's by far the most facile attention getting mechanism. I'll be skipping his posts from now on.

Posted by louise | September 1, 2007 4:40 PM

Perhaps Charles does not get enjoyment out of seeing his posts provoke extreme anger ... but I do.

Posted by tsm | September 1, 2007 4:46 PM

That Charles is one crazy cat.

Posted by Sean | September 1, 2007 4:48 PM

How many images did Charles go through to find one exposing so much of MS's cleavage?

Posted by Matt from Denver | September 1, 2007 5:03 PM

Charles, you can't be serious. Are you really gay and just trying to cover it up or something???

Posted by Kristin Bell | September 1, 2007 5:24 PM

I think Charles was joking. I´m sure he is not that shallow I KNOW he is not that dumb ; )
Most of the men who write for the Stranger seem to get a thrill out of getting a reaction out of everybody.
Perhaps it is a fetish! It does make the slog fun...

Posted by mj | September 1, 2007 5:53 PM

Jesus people -- it's called click-through. CLICK-THROUGH.

Posted by click-through | September 1, 2007 6:02 PM

I don't really care if he was joking or not. It doesn't make me any less sick of hearing about Maria goddamn Sharapova... Anna Kournikova was way hotter anyway...

Posted by lauren | September 1, 2007 6:11 PM

I'm not sure why Charles is allowed to write such sexist shit every day. If he was writing anti-gay shit every day, he would be kicked off the staff.

Charles is sexist, but apparently that doesn't hold any weight.

I stopped reading Charles' posts several months ago because they made me so angry, sometimes for several days in a row because I knew nothing I would say would change his or his editor's minds. I wish I hadn't read today's post.

Posted by please | September 1, 2007 8:53 PM

Unintelligent junk!

Posted by -B- | September 1, 2007 9:15 PM

@21 - Not very many ... it's on the 4th page of the Google image search for MS.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 1, 2007 9:59 PM

you're such a dick

Posted by kittenchops | September 1, 2007 9:59 PM

This is all kinds of f'ed. Screw you and your tired bullcrap.

Posted by Seriously | September 2, 2007 12:04 AM

I just feel sad that Charles stopped his emotional development at 12.

Posted by switzerblog | September 2, 2007 12:37 AM

Probably a joke, I think moreso cause he's not a boob guy. That pic of sharapova wouldn't do as much for him.

Posted by arandomdude | September 2, 2007 2:09 AM

Sloggers were wondering a while back whether "ecce homo" is a real person or, maybe, a "Stranger" staffer pretending to be so. After this, I wonder if Charles Muddled exists. What the hell does attractiveness have to do with anything in sport?


Posted by lawrence clark | September 2, 2007 2:31 AM

Guys, he's pointing out that beauty does NOT have anything to do with talent. He's pointing out that Anna's much-celebrated (and much-parlayed into sponsorship deals) did nothing for her.

He's pointing out that beauty, like fame, like being at the top of the game, these things are transient. Made of nothing more than cobwebs and moonshine.

Posted by Mleaver | September 2, 2007 5:31 AM

mleaver! finally someone who can read above and below.

Posted by charles mudede | September 2, 2007 7:22 AM

arandomdude is also right.

Posted by charles mudede | September 2, 2007 7:24 AM

The irony is, for anybody who's actually seen Charles in the flesh, is that he is quite ugly.
Charles, you're so into looks -- you should post a photo of yourself so everyone can have a chuckle.

Posted by tree | September 2, 2007 10:28 AM

i'm no looker. there i'm with you. if you want to laugh at me, here am i:

Posted by charles mudede | September 2, 2007 10:49 AM

Look at Charles' mustache. It is a sorry excuse for a mustache. Who would call this a mustache? Thin, scraggly. He talks, but nothing can take our attention away from the object which is not a mustache below his nose. It covers less than 28 percent of his upper lip. Its continued growth is the ultimate "anti"-imperialist act of compromise - a rebellion that succeeds only in submission. Because of this mustache, the terrorists have won.

Posted by Jude Fawley | September 2, 2007 11:28 AM

Thanks Charles for the youtube clip, eloquent. My respect for the Stranger has inched up slightly. It also may incline me toward a re-reading of Rhythm Science by Dj Spooky, of which you are acknowledged in the last pages (next to another UW man, Shaviro. Where is he lost in the Cultural Theory miasma these days?) The tracks on Rhythm Science's included CD do surface occasionally on my itunes shuffle and they are amusing, and in IMO, much more listenable than any of his other stuff. Lastly, your mention of Foucault. I am only familiar with 'Discipline & Punish,' a virtual bible during my junior undergrad year half a quarter century ago. Have you read it? I'd be happy to figure out a way to translate via web my slide/audio/story presentation of it from a talk I did in 2002 for my fellow biotech-ies. The Panopticon continues to devour a large majority of minds.

Posted by June Bee | September 2, 2007 11:35 AM

Right, because female athletes' achievements are worthless; the only thing that matters is how pleasing they are to the male gaze. Thanks for clearing that up.

And yeah, no, I don't buy for a second the idea that he was trying to be sarcastic and make a statement. This is so in keeping with the rest of his posts that there's no reason to read it as anything but entirely straightforward, superficial, and blatantly sexist.

Posted by shannon | September 2, 2007 12:08 PM

To the guy dissing Polish women: you've obviously never dated a Polish woman. If you had, you wouldn't be dissing Agnieszka Radwanska. Guys (and women) who've dated Polish women, you know what I mean.


Posted by Big Sven | September 2, 2007 12:32 PM

What Shannon @41 said.

Fuck off, Mudede, you sexist, patriarchal pig.

Posted by elm | September 2, 2007 1:26 PM

Charles you are darling : )

Posted by mj | September 2, 2007 1:27 PM

Charles, I adore you, and I don't find you ugly at all.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | September 2, 2007 2:38 PM

Well there you go, Charles -- you can't bag Sharapova, but Mark Mitchell is waiting with open arms.

Posted by tree | September 2, 2007 8:40 PM

Oh, stop being so heterosexual, Charles. It is entirely improper of you to even notice the existence of female beauty, much less speak in a facetious manner about it. Hang your head in shame.

Posted by uptight self-righteous dipshit | September 2, 2007 8:52 PM

Dudes. Calm down. She's not even working with a big forehead.

Posted by Charles Nelson Orly? | September 2, 2007 8:54 PM

#47: It's fine that Charles notices pretty girls. I just don't have to hear about it every damn day.

Posted by me | September 3, 2007 12:20 AM

@25 That may be true but she sucked at Tennis.

Posted by JessB | September 3, 2007 7:48 AM

@46 That's not exactly what I meant...

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | September 3, 2007 9:21 AM

Good shirt's a good shirt.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | September 3, 2007 10:11 PM

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