Johnny Rivera Speaks

The New Yorker has a droll consideration of the politics of facial features this week.

“Late last week, one of the beheaded people from the doctored Fields-campaign photo spoke up on behalf of his own face, which, as it happens, falls unambiguously into the ‘baby-faced’ category.

“The man, whose name is Johnny Rivera, initially wondered why Fields’s people had replaced his head with another man’s.

“‘Am I not that attractive?’ he asked. ‘I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I have a face you can trust. It always annoyed me, as a teen-ager growing up in New York City, in the housing projects, that I looked like a, quote unquote, good boy. I wanted to look mean and tough.’”