Jewish World Review Dec. 18, 2003 / 23 Kislev, 5764
Unflattering Color, Warns Fab Five's Carson
Carson Kressley, the fashion savant of the hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," today questioned
Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge's choice of orange for the current terror alert, calling the color
"I don't know too many men who can pull off orange," Mr. Kressley said. "And if I were a big husky boy
like Tom Ridge, I would definitely avoid it like the plague."
By issuing an orange alert, Mr. Kressley argued, Mr. Ridge was putting the nation "at a greater fashion
risk than ever before."
"We're all running around worrying about al Qaeda, but that doesn't mean we should have to worry
about looking bad, too," Mr. Kressley said.
But even as he attacked Mr. Ridge's choice or orange, Mr. Kressley did not recommend that the
government step back down to a yellow alert, pronouncing that color "yucky beyond Thunderdome."
For his part, Mr. Kressley unveiled a new "Queer Eye" terror alert chart, featuring such colors as
raspberry sherbet, scarlet and blizzard.
As for the ominous terror signals reported by Secretary Ridge in his press briefing on Sunday, Mr.
Kressley attributed the "increased chatter" to the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations a
few days earlier.
"I know I was on my cell talking nonstop with my friends the minute Uma stepped up to the podium," Mr.
Kressley said. "There's always more chatter around awards time."
In other news, the retailer Victoria's Secret reported today that sales of lingerie items to people who will
not look good in them accounted for 100% of its revenue this holiday season.
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