When I came across an article naming Dr. Phil McGraw as the sexiest celebrity grandparent of 2010, I had to ask myself: “who thinks about grandparents being attractive?” Well, apparently GRAND Magazine and the readers and editors who voted do. In addition to giving recognition to Dr. Phil, lookers such as Goldie Hawn, Donny Osmond, Cheryl Ladd and Jim Carrey were name-checked as finalists.
Does Anyone Else Feel Uncomfortable Judging Grandparents on Hotness?
I recognize GRAND Magazine advertises itself as “The Magazine for Grandfathers, Grandmothers and Grandparents,” but checking out grandparents is a foreign concept to me. I’ve ranked the Top Ten Most Attractive NFL Quarterbacks before, and I’ve even ranked the Ten Best-Looking U.S. Presidents, so–right or wrong–I’m obviously not ashamed to judge on looks every now and then. But, grandparents? I don’t think it ever would’ve occurred to me to rank and file grandpas and grandmas, especially not making the operative word “sexy.”
Although I would be quicker to answer “Which celebrity grandparent would you most want to be your grandparent?” or even “Which is the most beautiful?,” I can appreciate the desire for variety–and I can appreciate the shock value of putting the word “sexy” in front of the name “Dr. Phil.” Now, that does get our attention.
Comfortableness Aside, Did the Readers & Editors Get it Right?
I love Dr. Phil–I think he’s great–but is he sexy? That adjective may be a slight stretch, but perhaps GRAND readers were just excited about Dr. Phil’s eligibility; after all, 2010 is the first year Dr. McGraw can justifiably be called “grandpa.” You can read all about the new addition to the family on Dr. Phil’s Official Blog: “Avery Elizabeth McGraw,” daughter of Jay McGraw and Erica Dahm.
Does the Word “Sexy” Make You Uncomfortable Regardless of the Context?
Although I’m not too fond of the word myself, I have a sister who tries to avoid saying “sexy” at all costs. One day, some family members were playing a fun game of “Family Feud” when this particular sister acted as voice to read the other team a question, which was something like “what’s the first thing you notice about a sexy woman.” Innocently, she subbed in the word “pretty” not thinking much about it–until after wrong answers were given, right answers revealed and the text of the question was read by others. As it turns out, the rest of us didn’t think those two words were perfectly interchangeable in the context of the game. But, had she actually just read the word from the beginning, we wouldn’t have such a memorable story to share years later.
Dr. Phil, “Avery Elizabeth McGraw.” Blog.DrPhil.com.
“Dr. Phil McGraw is GRAND Magazine’s 2010 Sexiest Celebrity Grandparent.” PRWeb.com.
“The Magazine for Grandfathers, Grandmothers & Grandparents.” GRANDMagazine.com.