For those of you already sick of the Annette Bosworth hype (guilty by Friday noon), feel free to skip this article.
For those of you interested in a brief study of why certain people still defend Bosworth, read on.
Occasionally I get outbursts from a John Norton, a California-based Sarah Palin fanatic who has frequently posted tweets and memes boosting Annette Bosworth. Every now and then I make the mistake of attempting to engage Norton in fact-based conversation. Invariably, Norton shouts troll and drone:
…engages in outright slander:
…and dissolves into an almost autoerotic frenzy of nonsense:
But then Norton offers a response that truly illustrates his limbic motivations:
Look closely at those illustrations. John Norton has posted them more than once while Tweeting about Annette Bosworth. Clearly he associates those images with Annette Bosworth. In classic sexist objectification, Norton choose images that but off the idealized woman’s face and focus on her body and, notably in the second illustration, the woman’s breasts. A sword crosses the woman’s breast in each illustration, an unsubtle phallic insertion.
When Norton tweets about Annette Bosworth, he isn’t really tweeting about Annette Bosworth. He’s tweeting about the juvenile, sexualized images on which he superimposes her face. He’s playing Xander to her Buffy, Gabrielle to her Xena. He and other Yay-Boz tweeters are living out their fantasies online… and it’s really rather icky.