Have you ever watched “What Not to Wear” on TV? I have, for several years. I enjoy the two hosts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. Both are smart, fun, and positive. So when I saw that Clinton had written a book, “I Hate Everyone Except You,” I wanted to check it out.
The book is largely autobiographical, and I enjoyed learning more about Clinton’s early years. He comes across as a sensitive and kind person, as he did on the show. He is just a few years younger than I am, and I could relate to some games he played with his sister, notably “would you rather.” They would “present two death-related scenarios and the other would choose the preferable demise. For example, I might ask my four-year-old sister: ‘Would you rather die being pecked to death by crows or drowning in a kiddie pool full of puke and orange soda?'” My sister and I played this exact “game!”
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He also shares some behind-the-scenes stuff from What Not to Wear, and we get to learn what he thought about working with Stacy. I enjoyed that chapter!
To my dismay, the book did contain several incidences of profanity, ummm — “adult” behavior, and other things that dismayed me about Clinton. I’d assumed from the show that he was gay, but he goes on at length about dating, his “husband,” etc.
Clinton says that he doesn’t believe in hell, “So I’m not too worried about it.” He also says that religion doesn’t play a big role in his life: “I don’t really see the point, to be honest. I can have a relationship with God without all the middlemen. If I shut my eyes and say, “Hey, God, thanks for all the good stuff around me,” what difference does it make if I’m in a church or on the subway?” Well — I get that, to a degree, but still, I feel there’s plenty we all can learn in a church setting.
One chapter focuses largely on a bizarre dream Clinton has about Ted Cruz. He ends the chapter by denoting he and his mate’s glee over the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay unions. He states, “I realized why I had been having disturbing visions of (Ted Cruz’s) face: God wanted me to know, in no uncertain terms, that Ted Cruz is a huge, painful (profanity).” Wow. The Clinton I’d imagined I knew just wouldn’t speak like that.
He tells us he doesn’t care about our opinions on his sexuality or his politics, or about many other things — which I get as well. We’re all given free will to make our life decisions. But I have to say that, as a Christian, some of his life decisions make me really sad. In my own mind, I don’t care at all what Clinton (or anyone else) does in life, as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else. But I care deeply when I see basically good, kind people making decisions that will have long-term disastrous consequences for them. It’s none of my business, I know. It just makes me sad.
The book ends with a chapter on a graduation speech he gives at his high school, years after graduating. I enjoyed it (minus the profanity), and again was impressed with his relationships with his parents and siblings, which were truly sweet. Although I disagree with many of Clinton’s choices, and can’t recommend the book to most friends due to some of the content and the profanity (he didn’t use it on the show, so it’s not part of who I’d envisioned him to be), the book was well-written.