Thursday, February 7, 2013

"Snob" Surprisingly MORE Pretentious Than "Aficionado"

Here's a picture of Frasier's Brother's brother Frasier from Frasier, Kelsey Grammer–better known as the only acceptable live-action iteration of X-Man Dr. Hank "Beast" McCoy–on the cover of Cigar Aficionado magazine:

What a classy gent. Thin-checked jacket with matching button-down and cardigan? The man just oozes class.

Now, let us consider the world's #2 cigar magazine, Cigar Snob. One might think that someone self-identifying as a "snob" has more of a sense of humor about his tastes, that he puts on less of a pretense about what he likes and why. This is … possibly accurate, in the sense that Playboy is a gentlemen's magazine with high-profile interviews, fiction, and scholarly articles.

Photo via @cigarking since apparently CS hasn't updated their website in 2 years.
I checked. She is holding a cigar. In her right hand just above the barcode. Incorrectly. Along with some binoculars. Call me old fashioned, but I seem to remember pretense as being all about one thing and claiming to be something completely different.

Still, I get that naked women sell. Believe me. And yes, I've heard the wisdom:

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
                 - Sigmund Freud (probably maybe)
And sometimes it's a metaphorical phallus by which to fantastically fuck supermodels, coupled with a vestigial oral fixation likely stemming from weening and unresolved feelings of abandonment by your mother.

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