In other (hopefully more graceful) words, are both of the following lines valid?
"A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like a wet rag."
"A smiling Freddy flung the slimy papaya around like it's a wet rag."
The first one sounds snappy and concise — but may sound like it's comparing an unassuming Freddy, literally, to a wet rag. Meanwhile, the second line draws a clearer, more plausible comparison, albeit at the expense of smoothness in rhythm, if you will.
What the hell do you guys think?! DAMN! heh
P.S. Someone help me rephrase this awful question better.