' Cinema Romantico: The Original Middle Finger

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Original Middle Finger

"Adele’s finger wasn’t a random moment of naughty provocation, calculated to get attention. It was, as a good flip-off should be, a wordless expression of genuine irritation, a thoroughly rock and roll gesture that predates rock and roll itself. Amazingly, one finger can still stun the world. And sometimes, the suits need to be reminded of that." - Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

Adele's finger may have been thoroughly rock and roll but let us please not forget that in the long history of rock and roll-esque demonstrations of Giving The Bird, there is only one Elvis Presley. It may not have been "first" but it was FIRST and, of course, as we all know, it happened on April 14, 1912.

Rose Dewitt Bukater. O.M.F.