Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Can't Smile (Without You)

Or is it Can't Smile Due to Too Much Plastic Surgery? I think that Barry Manilow has just joined the list of pushing his plastic surgeon a little bit too far. Maybe he has looked this way for a long time because I really don't follow Barry Manilow. He was on The Talk, which appears to be a knock-off of The View. I don't even listen to The Talk but this rerun just happened to be on the TV while I was on the treadmill at the club this afternoon.

On walked Barry Manilow of Mandy fame, and I couldn't help but be mesmerized by his face. It seems that he's out promoting his newish album 15 Minutes. The first thing that struck me is that he looks younger than I do, and I believe that he must be in his mid-60s. The second thing that stood out even more were his cheeks—he literally has these puffed out little chipmunk cheeks. With his hair all pouffed up on the top of his head, he actually looks a bit like a Barry Manilow chipmunk. I'm not making fun of him, but he did this to himself. Take a look at his appearance on "The Talk" and see what I mean.

Thirdly, he couldn't really smile all that well. His upper lip was pretty stiff and looked completely unnatural. He could only really manage a sort of forced Howdy-Doody smile line, seemingly painted straight across his face. It seemed like his face was too tight for smiling. Those Botox treatments did the trick on his forehead though. Not a trace of a line or wrinkle. I seriously do look older than he does. That's pretty sad.

Now I cannot tell you about his singing because I was listening to Duran Duran on my iPod while I ran. Hopefully his singing voice remains unchanged. As far as I know, he was singing live on this taped TV talk show and probably wasn't digitally altered. As for the plastic surgery, no thank you. To each his own I guess. Perhaps if someday when I'm in my mid-60's and as famous as Barry Manilow, I'll also contemplate having my face restructured to resemble that of a small rodent. But I rather doubt it.