Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Body Shot

Today's column for the Daily Banter treads familiar ground for me lately in that it deals with Lena Dunham. It also treads familiar ground in general right now in that it deals with Dunham's incessant nudity, a popular topic of conversation at the moment among journalists. Where it treads new ground is that it's probably going to get me called a misogynist prick.

Anyway, sharpen your knives and take a look.

Here's the opening shot:

"Here’s a little something I don’t think I’ve ever actually told anyone: Andrew Breitbart wrote to me not once but twice. Back in February of 2010 he rattled off a very strange late-night rant at me in response to something I’d written about his little Renfield, James O’Keefe. It was full of misspelled words and ended with a reference to Footloose, and it wound up getting quite a bit of press for my little corner of the internet given that it provided a flawless example of Breitbart’s pettiness when it came to taking on anyone at all who dared to write something about him and his acolytes that he didn’t consider properly hagiographic.

But a couple of weeks after that first e-mail I got another, this one reacting to a quickie diatribe I’d posted on my site that more met with Breitbart’s approval. The piece in question furiously questioned the sincerity of Hollywood’s decision to wrap its toned arms around Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique, who at the time were riding a wave of critical praise for their performance in Precious, and declare them physically beautiful."

Read the Rest Here


Claude Weaver said...

Yeah, the whole "they are unconventionally beautiful" thing always bugged me. It is disingenuous, and the problem is right there: it still recognizes the convention, and that they don't fit it. It is passive-aggressive and sexist without meaning to be (well for some). The idea that a woman can't be successful and/or talented without discussion somehow revolving around her looks or sex appeal, whether negatively or not. And the Megan Fox comparison is quite apt, since it goes in the opposite direction as well.

It speaks to an exclusivity that underlines Hollywood and pop culture: they don't care if you are talented or not, that is just icing. Can you get people in the seats, even if it means

The sooner people can stop trying so hard to convince themselves that they are above such superficial concerns, the sooner they can actually get past them.

I mean sheesh, we can argue that Steve Buscemi is a great actor without him looking like Matt Bomer.

Anonymous said...

I won't discuss in length the quality of her show or lack thereof. Let's just say I'm far from loving it and yet I don't hate it at all. It's just, I don't know, a kind of racy, sassier "Mike and Molly" -- it's there to be seen and that's all.

But in regard of her constant nudity, I can only say two things: first, it's ugly, just ugly, no "unconventional", not fucking anything else. Admit it. Second, she writes herself into these scenes because she's deeply insecure and found a very scandalous way to express it -- not to deal with it, mind you, but to let it out sorta of like a crazy person would do, taking the streets naked.

When you put those two things together, it becomes really hard to appreciate the show as something worth of value. It all seems to be just an excuse for her to vent her frustration with that particular aspect. It's just another ugly girl (and I won't qualify her as fat because it's not something I'd do, but ugly indeed) on the internet trying to get attention to her ugly body because, I don't know, she didn't have enough hugs as a kid. What's the merit in a show like that?

Riles said...

You know, I've withheld judgement of Lena Dunham, since I have yet to see Girls or her movie. But Christ, if the Rolling Stone piece on her is any reflection of her or the show, I'm out. It is the most insufferable article I've ever read in RS. Barely got through it.

Mart said...

Ya think with all the money she is rolling in she could hire a couple personal trainers and a dietician to tighten things up a little.

Jarbok said...

".... his little Renfield, James O’Keefe."

And that line right there, Chez, may have very well persuaded me to go ahead and purchase a copy of your book. Though I know it was a minor part of your piece the characterization of James O'Keefe as the fly-eating Renfield is just so perfect.