Planned Parenthood chief is already wearing her Halloween costume: Claire Underwood


One of the frustrating things about these danged Interwebs is that it’s now impossible to fool yourself into thinking you’re having an original insight. Especially insights of the more superficial kind.Claire

For instance, lately I’ve been on a roll with seeing people on TV and realizing that they look just like some other person, and thinking I want to do a blog post to share this recognition, and when I check I find that everybody else has noticed the same thing.

For instance… I recently saw Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes,” and for most of the movie I tried to think who it was that Michael Redgrave looked exactly like. I knew it was another actor, but not a marquee idol by any means. Yet it was someone I had seen a lot of recently. I refused to let myself Google, “Michael Redgrave looks like…,” forcing my brain to work a little, if only on a silly pop culture problem.

Finally, I came up with it: It’s that guy who plays “Littlefinger” on “Game of Thrones,” and Councilman Tommy Carcetti on “The Wire!” That is to say, Irish actor Aiden Gillen. Congratulating myself, I went ahead and did the internet search, and… every other sentient being on the planet had already noticed it.


So it was that when I saw a picture of Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood on my Washington Post app this morning, and thought, “Claire Underwood!,” I thought I was just being perceptive as all get-out. Of course, the vast majority of people, who saw her on TV yesterday, had beaten me all hollow.

Dang yet again. I was all ready to say it looks like somebody already has her Halloween costume on, and other facile manifestations of a feeble wit, and I was too late.


Michael Redgrave

Michael Redgrave

Aiden Gillen

Aiden Gillen


17 thoughts on “Planned Parenthood chief is already wearing her Halloween costume: Claire Underwood

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    I will comfort myself by saying that it appears fewer people have noticed the Redgrave-Gillen thing (“every other sentient being on the planet” was a slight exaggeration), and that is way MORE of a resemblance.

    Claire and Cecile are just sort of cut from the same Ice Queen cloth, and seem to have the same stylists.

    Redgrave and Gillen look like there’s a genetic commonality…

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Sorry to bother you, Harry. As you may have noticed, I try to leaven the serious stuff with some light, fun stuff — for my own sanity, if nothing else.

      After a day of repeating all the old familiar arguments about public education, I felt like I was due.

      If you don’t like it, ignore it, and wait for something you do like. Or not. It’s your problem, not mine…

        1. Barry

          I didn’t know that either- but knew that she was a huge Democratic supporter- and her daughter works for Hillary.

          PP is as partisan as it gets in Washington DC

  2. Burl Burlingame

    Try coming up with an original band name. The Internet will reveal 29 other bands with the same name.

  3. Lynn Teague

    Cecile Richards looks like a well-groomed appropriately dressed professional woman, which to me doesn’t read as “ice queen.” I don’t even know why she would want to look warm and fuzzy under the circumstances, being used as a punching bag by politicians being hyper-agressive to get a few minutes on the nightly news. But silly me, I thought that when you ask a question, you’re supposed to allow an answer.

    I’ve noticed, by the way, that a lot of professional men wear blue suits and nearly identical hairstyles

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      I mean, come on, this was an apolitical post. I deliberately did NOT use the first suitable image I found… a GIF of Claire saying, “we’re murderers, Francis,” because I didn’t want to be political.

      It’s simple… Aiden Gillen looks like Redgrave. This lady looks like Claire Underwood. End of story. What happened in the hearing doesn’t enter into it. This post is WAY more superficial than that…

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        Besides, slender, Aryan, blonde women with close-cut straight hair look icy, particularly if they’re sharply dressed. It’s the whole sun people vs. ice people racial thing.

        Surely you’ll at least acknowledge that she looks cool, if not cold. (If not icy, how about, um, “crisp?”)

        I’m kind of cold myself, under certain circumstances — in that I prefer to keep emotion out of consideration of policy, to the extent possible. It can make me come across as an unfeeling jerk.

        Also, I suspect that if you dressed me in an SS officer’s uniform, I’d look like a pretty convincing Nazi. Kind of like this guy, who commanded the Kampfgruppe that murdered a bunch of American GIs — and Belgian civilians — during the Battle of the Bulge.

        It’s my face type. Which is why make it a policy not to dress like that…

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