Politics and Pop Culture Stripped Naked

I have a friend named Radar. He’s shrewd yet ballsy, creative yet rough around the edges. But most of all, he’s hilarious. He cracks me up without fail.

I should probably mention that my friend is a nationally-published magazine. Self-described as “smart, funny, fearless,” Radar is more adventurous than most magazines covering pop culture. And it seems to be paying off.

The current issue – the politics issue – has garnered mainstream attention. The cover mocks a famous Vanity Fair photoshoot in a brilliant and provocative way. Designer Tom Ford, shirt open to the waist, is replaced by Rudy Giuliani. Lovingly receiving a sweet whisper in her ear from Giuliani is Hillary Clinton. Did I mention that she’s naked? No? Okay, well, she’s naked. Hillary Clinton. Naked. Barrack Obama is also in the buff, sprawled across the floor mimicking the pose originally taken by Scarlett Johansson for photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The cover has drawn the attention from television stars like Conan O’Brien and the women of “The View.” It’s a genius way to stand out amongst the countless magazines covering politics and pop culture. And my friend Radar, he’s good at standing out.

Radar is original. You can see that in his article on “Rehab vs. Gayhab vs. Jihab,” a hilarious front-of-the-book piece comparing the various cleansing rituals of celebrities and politicians.

Radar is also a wiseass. A poll on page 55 asks who is more macho between Clinton, Obama, and John Edwards. On page 51, Radar asks if Vice President Dick Cheney is going to heaven or hell. Cheney’s going to rot, by the way – according to my friend, at least.

But what he lacks in tact, Radar makes up for in intent. He really does want to change the world. He wants to make a difference. You can see that with the pullout scorecard in the current issue, a spread that summarizes all potential presidential candidates’ views on different issues important to Americans. At his core, Radar wants to evoke change. And most of the time, he tries to do so through humor.

It probably helps that Radar’s actions are determined by Maer Roshan, founder and magazine veteran who has written for publications from The New York Times to Details to Vogue. With a creative little devil like Roshan on his shoulder, it’s hard for Radar to not push buttons.

Hillary Clinton and Dick Cheney probably aren’t big fans of my friend, but I love him and cherish him. He brings me something that no one else does in a way that is truly engaging, thought-provoking, and downright comical.

So next time you are walking down the street – or more appropriately, an aisle at your nearest bookstore – do me a favor, stop and say hello to my friend. You won’t regret it.

                                                – Brandon Miller


4 Responses to “Politics and Pop Culture Stripped Naked”

  1. 1 Radar Magazine December 14, 2007 at 9:10 am

    On behalf of Radar’s editorial staff, I offer a warm, possibly sweaty, thank you for your kind post. It’s nice to be reminded from time to time that there are people out there who believe in the dream.


  2. 2 Larry Laukhuf December 14, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    I was really pleased with this great review. I thought
    I was the only one that loved this little guy. No one is
    doing this like RADAR is. Thanks again, loved it.

  3. 3 brandonmiller December 14, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for the response. Please don’t hesitate to remember the love if and when you see my name in a pile of internship applications.

    And Larry, thank you.

  4. 4 Rosemary Hoffman December 14, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    We enjoy Radar, too. We leave it out on the coffee table where it enlivens the conversation in this “buckle of the Bible-belt,” red-state part of middle Tennessee!

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