Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee Apologized ... Now What?
By Jo Piazza Posted Apr 13th 2010 03:00PM
"She is using every single bit of media to get her name out there," says PopWrap's Ryan Brockington. "I love Sandra and this lousy attempt at an apology from McGee is worse than Bullocks hair in Speed -- and way less forgivable."
For a mistress, name recognition can translate into cash and fame. The most recognized Tiger Woods mistress, Rachel Uchitel (or as we prefer to call her, Mistress number 1) landed a gig as an entertainment correspondent for the news show Extra. One of the least well-known, Mindy Lawton, is probably still serving pancakes at Perkins.
"Michelle McGee clearly has her own agenda for maximum media coverage and saw even bigger dollars after Sandra won the Academy Award. Her apology is calculated to improve her own public image. If she really cared about Sandra Bullock's feelings, she wouldn't have sold intimate details of her affair with Jessie to a magazine," says trial and divorce attorney Stacy Schneider, author of 'He Had It Coming: How to Outsmart Your Husband and Win Your Divorce.'
So is this a strategic apology? Perhaps the first stop on Bombshell's redemption tour? It is hard to translate scandal into lucrative deals when America hates you. So how did she do in Round 1? According to our body language experts, McGee seems to be sincere in her apology, gaining her votes with some women out there, but she may not be telling the whole truth about her views on race. Not a crowd pleaser.
"On the word racist she did an eye block, closing her eyes a few seconds too long and pulled her head back slightly. When she said, 'Not True' regarding the charge of racism she gave a micro facial cue and scrunched up the left more honest side of her face in a sneer, that showed her lack of belief in her statement," says body language expert Patti Wood."In other words she has some resistance to saying she is not a racist. Also the first two answers were rehearsed and said without natural rhythm and inflection so if they were true statements they didn't sound that way."
And what was up with all the mouth licking. McGee licked her lips more during this interview than a kid who just had at a bucket of fried chicken.
"When someone is stressed and/or being deceptive it causes a huge stress response that can quickly dry the lips and mouth,"explains body language expert Vincent Harris.
What about her apology? McGee said: "Sandra, I'm sorry for your embarrassment ... I'm sorry all this is public. I'm sorry for everything." Should we buy it?
"Her non-verbal cues tell me she did believe Jesse and Sandra were not together and were on the 'outs', but it may very well be a case of her 'wanting' to believe this, given the strong feelings she had for Jesse, stating 'He's was like the perfect guy for me'" Harris explains. "I do think she feels bad for Sandra. It's a woman to woman kind of empathy. When saying she would like to give her a heartfelt apology, she congruently placed her left hand over her heart. This indicates that she was likely feeling regret as she spoke, and does feel bad for what happened."
So where can the Bombshell go from here? She says she wants to keep modeling, but her look isn't exactly palatable to the average American.
"Her body is what I imagine women will look like after the Apocalypse, torn, tattered and covered in regret," Brockington says.
She's a single mom. So she has that going for her. Maybe we'll see McGee in a Kate Gosselin-type reality show. Instead of 'Twist of Kate,' it could be 'Twisted Michelle.' Although we can't imagine the ratings would be terribly high.
"I hope she returns to Nazi-tattoo obscurity. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred thousand dollars. No insipid reality show for you," says Styleite columnist and media consultant Nadine Jolie.
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