In one recent Deaf blogsite the person shows pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger of his young self posing his famous muscular pose and him from a few years ago in his beach swimsuit looking mightly out of shape for a man who was 55 or so at the time when the picture was taken. Supposedly the picture is Arnold. On the Snopes message board they discuss the veracity of the photo of the older Arnold. Elsewhere one has said it was seen in People Magazine. Just because it's in a magazine doesn't mean the photograph is that of Arnold. The actual source of the photo has yet to be revealed and with modern photoshopping methods on digital photos anyone can plant a face of a famous person onto an ungodly overweight or out of shape person. Here is what one militant Deaf and Liberal person (A) said:
A: "This is gross. Hopefully, gay men will think twice before imitating this fool."
B: "It isn't his body at all you fell for the most common trick in technology!"
A: "I dont care if it's fake or not. Deal with it."
And a long pause, some rebuttal about blogging as part of the "entertainment" business and nothing about learning or education in a subsequent blogpiece along with a few expletitives and then somebody blinked:
A: "Besides, Arnie was always a lousy actor to start with."
Okayyyy. It's entertainment. Consider my blogpieces to be both entertaining AND educational. The learning never stop.
One thing I do question. I don't see a scar on Arnold's chest. He had open-heart surgery in 1997 to replace a congenital (by birth) aortic heart valve before it had a chance to get worse later in his life. This is where doctors have to crack open the chest just to get to the heart in plain open view. Scars would have been very prominent in Arnold's photo that was shot supposedly in 2003 when he was 55 years old. A scar should have been seen from at the top of the chest ribcage down to the bottom of his middle ribcage. Though the picture is not all that clear, either.
Whether it's fake or not, it's up to you people, really. But it is really just plain idiocy to call upon the old "fake but accurate" response just so you can have your say without admitting to anything in error a la' Dan Rather's bobbing and weaving style. It's called "intellectual dishonesty." For all we know, the photo could be quite real. But to say "I don't care if it's fake or not" looks a bit, uh, INANE and points out your own obviouis agenda. And for the person who said "Gross" ought to look at his own photos of himself on his own webpage with that large gut of his in the way at age late 20-ish or something and compare that to Arnold's younger days when he was 20-ish or something. Now, imagine yourself at age 55, with no exercise and continued bad eating habits enough to give you diarrhea all the time. Not an attractive picture for anybody to imagine. The results will be worse than the contested out-of-shape Arnold. Much worse.
Be careful how you judge other people's physiques. Until you walk in their shoes, being fit and healthy isn't an easy task. Keeping slim isn't easy either for many. Exercising at an older age gets harder. Exercising and proper eating become a whole different lifestyle. You have that choice. And you live with that choice. Sometimes your own genes make it harder to have that healthier lifestyle but it is does not have to become an impossible task if you're smart about it. And it make no sense to point fingers at other people's awful physiques when you need to take that plank out of your own eyes for a change. And this isn't even about politics, either. This is about common courtesy. Given that Arnold mainained his physique for nearly 35 years is amazing in itself compared to people who hardly touched a barbell or much less exercised at all want to make fun of his physique at a later age. Especially when Arnold has a keen interest in helping special people at the Special Olympics events. And at age 57, if you can look this good in a suit, then certainly you have that physique advantage that anybody would kill to look that good. Even at age 57.
BTW, it's never too late to sculpt your body, even at age 72. And it doesn't have to be bodybuilding, either.