If I Could Turn Back Time Cher Part Two
Back in the 1970’s, I used to watch The Sonny and Cher Show and loved forward to seeing it, and now I’m doing blogs about her. Life can’t get any better, so I’m doing If I Could Turn Back Time Cher Part Two, and I hope you stay around to read read this and listen to her album.
Cher has attracted media attention for her physical appearance— particularly heryouthful looks and her tattoos. Journalists have often called her the “poster girl“ of plastic surgery. Author Grant McCracken, in his bookTransformations: Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture (2008 ), draws aparallel between Cher‘s plastic surgeries and the transformations in her career:“Her plastic surgery is not merely cosmetic. It is hyperbolic, extreme, over the top … Cher has engaged in a transformational technology that is dramatic and irreversible.“ Caroline Ramazanoglu, author of Up Against Foucault:Explorations of Some Tensions Between Foucault and Feminism (1993 ), wrote that“Cher‘s operations have gradually replaced a strong, decidedly ‘ethnic‘ look with a more symmetrical, delicate, ‘conventional‘ … and ever-youthful version of female beauty … Her normal ised image … now acts as a standard against which other women will measure, judge, discipline and ‘correct‘ themselves.“
Cher has six tattoos. The Baltimore Sun called her the “Ms. Original Rose Tattoo“. She got her first tattoo in 1972. According to Sonny Bono, “Calling her butterfly tattoos nothing was like ignoring a sandstorm in the Mojave. That was exactly the effect Cher wanted to create. She liked to do things for the shockthey created. She still does. She‘ll create some controversy and then tell her critics to stick it.“ In the late 1990s, she began having laser treatments to remove her tattoos. The process was still underway in the 2000s. She commented, “When I got tattooed, only bad girls did it: me and Janis Joplin and biker chicks. Now it doesn’t mean anything. No one‘s surprised.“
In 1992, Madame Tussauds wax museum honored Cher as one of the five “mostbeautiful women of history“ by creating a life-size statue. She was ranked26th on VH1‘s list of the “100 Sexiest Artists“ published in 2002.
Social media presence
Cher‘s presence on social media has drawn analysis from journalists. Time namedher “Twitter‘s most outspoken (and beloved) commentator“.  The New York Timeswriter Jenna Wortham commended Cher on her social media usage, saying “Mostcelebrities‘ social-media feeds feel painfully self-aware and thirsty … In herown way, Cher is an outlier, perhaps the last unreconstructed high-profile Twitteruser to stand at her digital pulpit and yell (somewhat) incomprehensibly, and berewarded for it. Online, authenticity and originality are often carefully curatedmyths. Cher thrives on a version of nakedness and honesty that is rarelycelebrated in the public eye.“ Monica Heisey of The Guardian called Cher‘sTwitter profile “a jewel in the bizarro crown of the internet“, and stated, “Whilemany celebrities use Twitter for carefully crafted self-promotion, Cher just let sit all hang out.“
As a gay icon
The reverence held for Cher by members of the LGBT community has been attributed to her career accomplishments, her sense of style, and her longevity. Cheris considered a gay icon, and has often been imitated by drag queens. According to Salon magazine‘s Thomas Rogers,“ drag queens imitate women like Judy Garland, Dolly Parton and Cher because they overcame insult and hardship on their path to success, and because their narratives mirror the pain that many gay men suffer on their way out of the closet.“ According to Maclean‘s magazine‘s Elio Iannacci, Cher was “one of the first to bring drag to the masses“,as she hired two drag queens to perform with her at her Cher in Concert Las Vegas residency in 1979. Cher‘s performance as a lesbian in the film Silkwood, as well as her transition to dance music and social activism, have further contributed to her becoming a gay icon. The NBC sitcom Will & Grace acknowledged Cher‘s status by making her the idol of gay character Jack McFarland. Cher guest-starred as herself twice on the show, in 2000— making the episode “Gypsies, Tramps and Weed“ (named after her 1971 song “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves“) Will & Grace‘s second-highest rating ever— and 2002.