Pet Peeve Number Three
I had a doctor’s appointment at the VA hospital in Portland Oregon yesterday. Fortunately I was able to drive the 40 some miles to the Vancouver (WA) Medical Center and take the VA Shuttle bus to the Portland facility. I was glad to leave the driving and the parking to them.
On a 40 some mile drive I spend some time in prayer, thought, and listen to OPBR (Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio.) I turned on my car radio during an interview between a broadcaster and the clothing designer from the television show “Mad Men.” I have never heard of the show before, have you? The interview sounded interesting and since I left my collection of George Jones at home I decided to halfway listen.
Apparently Mad Men is an American dramatic television series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The series airs on Sunday evenings on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. It premiered on July 19, 2007, and is currently broadcasting its fifth season.
Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.
Apparently the “interviewee” was the “wardrobe goddess” for the show. She was responsible to clothe the characters in the period and in accordance with their positions and status in society at the time. I mention this for two (2) reasons. The first is apparently she is a “gabardine genius,” a “clothing consoeur,” a “wardrobe wizard.” She has won awards for her “vestment victories.”
The second reason I mention it at all is she “legitimized” my pet peeve, number 3. She was asked by the host, who was somewhat surprised by her answer, since she used such “formal” clothing on the set what did she think of the modern day trend of “casual?”
Her answer could have been mine. She thought we have gone way to far today in what we actually leave the house wearing. She thought that society as a whole no longer chooses appropriate clothing for appropriate settings. She thought casual clothing in certain arenas:
- Demeaned the wearer
- Demeaned the event or setting
- Removed credibility from “offices” and positions
- Showed either a hidden or blatant disrespect
Let me say those are my words in which I paraphrased her answers. However, I believe my paraphrased remembrance from the broadcast of yesterday is accurate. I think I am being honest.
What’s my point? My point is this; why can’t we as depraved, sinful, unworthy, wicked, light-hating, darkness loving, mercifully redeemed sinners who allegedly gather to give worship, honor, and glory to a most holy and majestic God get what this secular, unbelieving wardrobe wizard gets? Why are auditoriums filled with shorts, tank tops, holey jeans, and T-Shirts on people who are there to exalt the sovereign, edify the saint, and evangelize the sinner?