Sep 22, 2009

Today is a very slow news day, but I saw this over at and thought I should share it since arguably Ms. Rowell had on the outfit that was most talked about.  Here is what she told Essence about her decision to wear the dress:
Yesterday, the opportunity presented itself. Lights, camera, and no health care action?' Setting the ruffles and caviar dreams aside is but a meager gesture to echo the herculean efforts of a health care reform package long overdue and one which President Obama is introducing for all Americans," Rowell told "I spent 18 years in foster care, enduring inadequate health and dental care and unforgivably turned away more than once at a doctor's office. Nationally, 25,000 foster youth annually emancipate from foster care without health coverage," says Rowell. "I emerged from Washington, D.C. Health and Human Services as a proud American citizen—an advocate not a victim."

Rowell, who has always been politically active in her personal life and career,  also addressed Fox News' Glenn Beck's claims that President Obama's health care plan has conspiratorial ulterior motives. "Everything that is getting pushed through Congress, including this health care bill, is transforming America. And they are all driven by President Obama's thinking on one idea: reparations...," Glenn said. "[Obama's ] goal is creating a new America, a new model, a model that will settle old racial scores through new social justice."

"This has nothing to do with reparations, Mr. Beck, and everything to do with all things American," Rowell continued. "Health care shouldn't be divided or thought of as the young and some of us. I have witnessed Black and White foster mothers struggle to raise children, choosing food over medical needs. That does something to a child. At least it affected me most profoundly. And if a frock (on the Emmys red carpet) donned with the President's face sparks dialogue about health care, a life-and-death issue, so be it. I was taught, 'If you don't stand for something you'll lie down for anything.' "

So what do you think of Victoria's outfit?  Appropriate or Not?



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