Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/14/2009

Megan Fox’s PSA and Diablo Cody in Bust

Okay, I know there are a lot of you that hate Megan Fox. That was evident from the comments on this post. A lot of valid points, I might add, even though I still like that quote itself. I really did reconsider my initial opinion that Fox was just fighting back the disgustingly rampant objectification of her in the media. I think she may attempt to capitalize on her sex appeal while at the same time rejecting it. I also think she may not have a freaking clue about what she’s saying and just talks, like most celebrities do. 

Either way, I don’t actually care that much about Megan Fox. She will probably be irrelevant in a few years no matter what. 

What I do want to talk about is this new “PSA” for Jennifer’s Body.

Warning: Vulgar Language (!!OHNO!!!) in vid.

Who thinks that Megan Fox, with her face and body so vastly accepted as beautiful, doesn’t actually know shit about being different? I do! I do!

But, meh, this “PSA” is still pretty clever, and after reading Diablo Cody’s interview in Bust Magazine this month, I’m really intrigued by Jennifer’s Body. There seem to be some clear pros and cons about this female-centric horror flick. 

For instance, in the interview, Cody says about Jennifer’s Body

“It’s Mean Girls taken to an extreme. When the alpha girl becomes cannibal-like, nitpicking is no longer enough. Now she has to literally consume flesh.”

I’m not going to deny that the alpha-girl stereotype doesn’t exist, but can we please stop perpetuating it? I swear to god, at least in my middle school, Mean Girls actually introduced into our grade mean girls who took after Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in that movie. Yes, in 6th grade we were so consumed with the characters in that movie that we missed the entire point that those characters were ridiculous, and instead became them. 

I think mean girls would exist without media influences, but it certainly doesn’t help when they’re re-enforced. And believe me, even if you go and say in the end “don’t be like the character that I just portrayed throughout an entire movie” middle school kids are going to miss that essential part. Trust me. 

Also it seems like the fact that Jennifer murders a ton of guys in the movie is a solid case for some misandry (hatred of men/boys). Of course, I haven’t seen the movie but considering that the main feminist complaint I hear about horror movies is the brutal violence against women, I have to wonder if this is a step above that or just “getting even.” 

But there are some really interesting and positive choices Cody made as well. Jennifer throws up on her victims before she eats them, and is even seen binge eating – a clear metaphor for an eating disorder, coming from the so-called perfect alpha-female. And it seems that virgin-whore complex is avoided a little in that the hero has “sex for pleasure” in the movie “and it’s really matter-of-fact. It’s not the typical big, happy virginity-loss scene.”  

Showing the problems that the “pretty and perfect” have and crushing the virgin-whore complex in order to create more complex characters? I approve. 

Cody also states:

“What really appealed to me was the idea of working with a female diretor. I’m sure somebody will prove me wrong, but I had never heard of a woman director and a woman screenwriters creating a mainstream horror film.”

Amen to that. 


Keep in mind I have NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE – it comes out September 18th. This was all postulating to raise some relevant ideas. We’re just going to have to wait and see…

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  • Gwen Glover @ at 1:16 pm, August 14th, 2009

    Diablo Cody is beautiful, intelligent, and amazing. I love that she’s on the cover of Bust.

    Recently found this blog and I’m loving it.

  • G @ at 4:24 pm, August 14th, 2009

    It sounds like that movie is going to be terrible.

  • Melanie @ at 1:49 pm, August 16th, 2009

    I felt the same way about that PSA, though.
    Sorry Megan Fox, but I can’t sympathize with you. I don’t feel like adolescence was very hard for you, considering you are considered one of the “sexiest” females in America. Where does that leave the rest of us, with our self-done makeup and NOT size 0 jeans?

  • Jenna @ at 6:51 pm, August 16th, 2009

    Just because people are attractive doesn’t mean that they aren’t interpreted by their peers as different. (In fact, sometimes it’s harder because people don’t want to talk to an attractive person because of his or her looks, whether out of jealousy or intimidation.) I was attractive in high school, and I didn’t have many friends because I just wasn’t like them. So I think to say that a girl doesn’t know about being different just because she’s beautiful is very unfair.

  • Melanie @ at 6:27 pm, August 18th, 2009

    It’s probably unfair, yes. It’s also unfair for anyone to be ousted in their teen years, and if you don’t go on to star in “Transformers” and be voted one of the sexiest female actresses on the E! Channel, it’s even more unfair.

  • Jenna @ at 10:28 pm, August 19th, 2009

    Life’s unfair.

  • lindsay @ at 5:38 pm, August 24th, 2009

    first of all – the psa is a joke and a marketing tool for the film. no one made it so that you “feel sorry for megan fox.” they made it to drive up ticket sales.

    second of all – ok, so megan fox is really hot and extremely famous right now. that doesn’t mean she hasn’t gone through some shit in her life. beauty doesn’t equal acceptance from your peers. in fact, we live in a society where women are so messed up to each other that if you’re extremely beautiful you’ll like be ostracized by your female peers due to jealousy. in fact, that’s exactly what some of the women responding to this post are doing. but props to the women who can see past and are actually posting fair comments.

    third of all – megan fox has publicly discussed her difficulty growing up. she’s said in many interviews that she was a bit “obnoxious” and a “loud-mouth” which often put her at odds with her peers. based off that, i’d say she does have a pretty good idea what its like to not fit in with the crowd. and i think its rather refreshing that she publicly admits to her own personality growing pains.

    ladies, hating another woman just cause she’s beautiful won’t make you more beautiful. and remember, looks, fame and money aren’t everything despite what society likes to have us believe. we really need to stop buying into all that bs.

    and as for the movie, i think it looks like it’ll be entertaining.

  • joey @ at 4:06 am, August 25th, 2009

    hi first of all megan fox is great i totally adore her.all her movies r great.she is very famous,hot,and she looks like a smart girls.i wanna say smth about her life nobody s life is cool life has its climbs and the oposites.so maybe her life was difficult but now she has a good life and i hope that she will always be in this position famous hot cool and with goodlife.so dont judge her she is grear.megan i think that u and miley cyrus r great i adore her and u of course.love u xoxo

  • Jasmine @ at 7:20 pm, September 6th, 2009

    I have to agree with Jenna…
    i was also considered attractive in high school but i was also thought of as arrogant and rude because of it…when i’m not it’s as if their always the complete opposite of what you think…

  • BASTA! @ at 3:47 pm, September 12th, 2009

    “considering that the main feminist complaint I hear about horror movies is the brutal violence against women”

    Violence against women, when present in the first place, is actually _cast_ as brutal and reprehensible. It is often what makes the movie a horror movie. Comparable violence against men can often make a comedy. This is the main masculist complaint about violence in movies. You may want to visit this thread on Alas: http://tiny.pl/hqg68 .

  • O'Phylia @ at 1:08 pm, November 15th, 2009

    In defense of Fox, she’s human. She probably would have been made fun of for SOMETHING. Everyone gets picked on~
    Since the media portrays her as “pretty,” does that mean feminists must be against her?

  • Jenni @ at 5:37 pm, February 5th, 2010

    First of all it’s just a joke ad for her movie. She’s not saying anything about herself. But I’m sure she had a hard time in high school. She said in an interview that people used to throw ketchup packets at her. She wasn’t always pretty, she probably had an awkward stage or even if she didn’t, everyone has a hard time whether they are hot or not. I like Megan Fox, she’s a bitch and she’s one of a kind.

  • Download Diablo 3 Free @ at 9:46 am, April 25th, 2010

    For some reason i can not see the whole article. Any suggestions?

  • Alex Murray @ at 3:18 pm, May 22nd, 2010

    It’s a real shame that Megan was dropped from the next Transformers. But I wish her the best with whatever movie she does next.

  • The Raisin Girl @ at 9:38 am, August 9th, 2010

    Ugh with the assumptions, fbomb. Just Ugh. You assume that because she’s a pretty celebrity NOW, her adolescence must have been a breeze? Most celebrities actually talk about what dorks they were in high school. They weren’t that pretty. Nobody liked them. They were into drama club and stuff and that wasn’t cool where they came from, etc, etc. I mean, you may not know this if you’re still in high school, but hardly ANYONE is the same as they were in high school once they get out. I know a lot of people who were complete dorks and got to college–not Hollywood, just college–and became much more confident, much more popular, et cetera.

    I’m not saying high school WAS hard for her. Maybe it was great. But seriously, you’re just assuming things about her because she looks a certain way? I’m disappointed.

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