Hello HL readers! I’m here to scour entertainment news on a somewhat regular basis. Not everything entertainment related has a feminist slant, so I can’t guarantee a weekly or even semi-monthly column. In other words, we’ll see how this goes.
Let’s get started, shall we?
About eight months ago, I brought up Jennifer Love Hewitt’s war of words with tabloids for snapping unflattering pictures and calling her fat. This is, sadly, not an uncommon occurrence in today’s entertainment world.
Now we have this: the tabloids are reporting on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s amazing weight loss, which she insists is not a result of the debate back in December of 2007. Call me skeptical, I guess. It’s great for people to want to lose weight for health reasons, but what happened to being happy and standing up for herself the way she was? *le sigh* Mixed messages are so confusing.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I ran across this little blurb a month ago and never had the chance to do anything with it. It seems like an appropriate thing to juxtapose with the story above. Megan Fox, rising starlet and co-star of last year’s summer blockbuster Transformers, was asked (told?) to gain weight in order to be in the sequel. I’m not sure I’m fond of anyone dictating what to do with someone else’s physique, but that is part and parcel with an industry so reliant on body image and control. Ugh. On a contradictory note, I have to admit it is nice to see someone asked to enhance her curves (without PhotoShop!) rather than try to starve them away.
In other news, the Olympic games have brought important discussions to the plate. Rumblings about underage Chinese gymnasts resurface every other day. There’s been a pictoral debate on why women volleyball players wear bikinis while the guys cover up, which I think is a fair question. I can see both sides, there, though really – if it’s more comfortable for the women to wear less, wouldn’t the same apply to men? Take the shirts off, guys. C’mon. I think this highlights a broader issue – aren’t almost ALL female athletes’ bodies exposed far more than the men’s? I could be mistaken simply because I’ve noticed the camerawork tends to linger on the women more. Gee.
Let’s not forget the opening ceremony’s child singer switcheroo, involving a pretty girl lip synching to an ugly girl’s beautiful voice. What I find most disheartening about that isn’t the fact that it happened, but that the poor “ugly” girl is reportedly just as honored to have served her country as the pretty faux singer, a country which felt it had to hide her behind a proverbial curtain.
That’s it for today!