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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