Lucy Liu’s Safari

At the moment when Africa is once again reduced to a cesspool of panga-slashing child soldiers and the abode of the world’s most dangerous man, a vanity piece on where Lucy Liu goes when she wants to get away (safari) is harmless enough.

As reported in February’s Vanity Fair: “As befits a leading lady who’s starred in such action-packed films as ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1,‘ actress Liu—who is currently guest-starring in TNT’s hit series ‘Southland’—prefers vacations with a bit of adventure. [Here are] her tips for safari in Mozambique, Botswana, and beyond.”

Liu and three friends went to “Singita Kruger Reserve along the South Africa-Mozambique border, Selinda Reserve, and Moremi Reserve in Botswana, Africa.” This is where the Hollywood starlet goes when she “really want[s] to get away and have an adventure,” with no shopping, no nightlife, no “reforming” Pilates machine (there’s so much to say about the Medieval torture implied by the name of that Pilates fad machine, and why women are gaga over being “reformed”, but that’s another story). To Liu’s credit, the inane questions about shopping, “on-the-go exercise routine,” et al are asked by the VF reporter; I imagine Liu must supply an engaging answer.

It was also nice to know that Liu enjoyed good organic food, unadulterated by additives, flavoured only by salt, pepper, and olive oil. The only African human beings Ms. Liu and her three friends meet are the guides. When asked what her “favorite best-kept secret about an African safari is,” she replies, “[g]uides and trackers. Ours were our teachers. We learned so much from them, and it was all about just learning to observe and listen. So simple.”

Glad that the guides and trackers got props for their knowledge, and that she learned how to observe and listen. So simple.

* No, the photo, above, by Andrew Macpherson was not taken on safari. We can be grateful Ms Liu has left the “Africa” themed face paint behind her.

Further Reading

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.