Andre Leon Talley on Condoleezza Rice's Lipstick-Stained RNC Speech: 'So What!'

Last night, Condoleezza Rice gave a rousing, passion-filled speech at the RNC, that had many speculating she may run for office soon--and win. Rice,
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Last night, Condoleezza Rice gave a rousing, passion-filled speech at the RNC, that had many speculating she may run for office soon--and win. Rice,
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Last night, Condoleezza Rice gave a rousing, passion-filled speech at the RNC, that had many speculating she may run for office soon--and win. Rice, in fact, received not one--but several--standing ovations from the crowd last night.

The Twitter crowd was similarly moved--though it wasn't her words that got them going. It was the lipstick on her teeth. Which, despite happening to pretty much every woman at some point in their life was a BIG FREAKING DEAL on Twitter, as Gawker noticed.

Here are some of the choicest tweets on the matter:

"Yo Condi. CONDI. What in THEE HAIL are you talkin bout, girl? You know you got lipstick on yo teeth, right? Aight. Cool. #RNC2012 #GOP2012."--@AngryBlackLady

"Seriously though, I heard nothing Condi said because I was so damn distracted from her lipstick stained teeth! @shitgirlssay"--@angeda

"Condoleeza Rice is speaking passionately & eloquently but I am completely distracted by the lipstick on her teeth"--@rachelnoerd

"Dear Republicans, when you piss the gays off, things like Condoleeza Rice's lipstick-covered teeth happen."--@mattrjk

It was a pretty unfortunate wardrobe? makeup? malfunction, particularly because she was speaking so eloquently, which, of course, had the unhappy effect of ensuring all eyes were on her mouth. Then again, are we really all so distracted by some smudged lipstick that we can't listen to what this woman is saying? How do these people make it through extended family gatherings, where at least one in 10 women probably has slightly smudged lipstick? Or have we become so accustomed to seeing impossibly-groomed women on our TV screens, that anything less than perfect is literally confounding?

Whatever the case, the tweets seemed a little OTT. Even Andre Leon Talley, who obviously has a sharp eye for detail, thought the critiques had gone overboard, tweeting, "If Professor, former Sec. of State, Condoleeza [sic] Rice had lipstick on her teeth, so what. She spoke with true eloquence and raised the bar!"

We have to agree with ALT: So what if she had lipstick on her teeth.

What's your take?