A Snapshot Of Sincerity In History, America & Modern Pop Culture

Aug 29, 2012

It's hard to be sincere and not seem like a freak. 

Martin Short milked years of comedy out of Ed Grimley, his high-waisted, Matternhorn-haired sincere stranger in an insincere strange land. Ed, without a particle guile or hypocrisy, seems like an utter lunatic. On the other hand, we crave sincerity. We damn near have an emotional version of scurvy, just from the way this basic vitamin is left out of our modern diets.  So today the media are buzzing with last night's speech by Ann Romney who seemed to do the nearly impossible -- appear sincere in the context of political showmanship and salesmanship. Who knows what she said when she got back to the green room?  George Burns once said: if you can fake sincerity, you've got it made. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.