On the agenda: A Story of Children and Film; Prada pastries; Pikachu; kissing in public
Middle-class problems: Kissing in public
By Robert Epstein
Now, hang on a second. Sure, it's the most normal thing in the… no, I'm not saying I'm a cold-blooded… I'm just saying that that video of 20 strangers kissing seriously weirded me out.
Did you see it? It went viral, which usually means everyone has, but if you haven't, take a second now and seek it out. Just search for "Oh my good lord, are they actually doing that?"
One of the participants asks if they can turn the lights off. No, silly, they can't – they're filming it, in black-and-white to make it classy, so give it a giggle and stick your tongue in there.
What's that? I'm making it sound gross? No more so than the concept itself. I mean, who goes around kissing someone they've never met before?
Of course we all know now it was a commercial enterprise (a clothes ad) parading as a twee social experiment, so has no basis in reality – and thank goodness for that. These guys almost get away with it because they're so darn good-looking: seriously, they're a bunch of slashes (actor/model/musician), and this isn't the first time they've made out on screen. But for people who aren't straight out of Hipsterville to do that?
Kissing is meant to be intimate – and intimate means closely acquainted. It also means private – and just as my middle-class ears blush at the wet-dog noises of a couple smooching on the bus, so my sensibilities are offended by the idea that we can just go round kissing whomsoever we please. Not only were we not brought up in a zoo; it just makes us jealous angry to think of all that ghastly permissiveness.
Life & Style blogs
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS Association doesn't yet know what to do with all of the money raised
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
The best gowns on the red carpet of 2014 Venice Film Festival
iPhone 6 'release date' firmed up in leaked photos of Apple smartphone
- 1 Students heading off to 'charity challenge' grounded at Gatwick after travel firm goes bust
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Like Jennifer Aniston, I am no less of a woman because I am childless
- < Previous
- Next >
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...
£17000 - £20000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...
£450 - £500 per day: Orgtel: SAS Business Analyst, London, Banking, Credit Ris...
£32000 - £38000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...