One of my least favorite and most overused expressions of the past decade is this one: “You could have a beer with him.” It is generally used to describe someone who the public perceives as being salt of the earth, “one of us.” My annoyance with the phrase is that it is usually applied to people who are completely unavailable for a beer, or even half a beer.
During the 2000 election, I heard several people say they could have a beer with George W. Bush, but the man didn’t even drink anymore and besides, who wants to be the person who made him take another sip? Furthermore, it has always been my contention that I do not want the leader of the free world having a beer with me. He or she should be so steely in their focus on potential solutions for the country’s problems that the notion of having a beer with the editor of an entertainment publication in Oklahoma City should sound like a perverse joke.
The woman on the cover of this week’s LOOKatOKC, Olivia Munn, is not the leader of the free world — yet — but she made a career out of being the kind of person with whom you could theoretically have a beer. As this proud Oklahoman proved during her four years on G4’s “Attack of the Show,” Munn knows her sports, loves technology, craves nerd culture and is perfectly willing to look stunning, ridiculous or both if the situation requires it. Based on the accumulated information, the beer is a reasonable expectation.
On the other hand, Munn is much busier than most people on the covers of lifestyle magazines, mainly because she is still in the proving stage of her career — pop-cultural ubiquity notwithstanding.