Thursday, July 7, 2016

Topic Of The Day: Can Actresses REALLY Not Have It Both Ways?

This post is kind of a sequel to my post about Keira Knightley and Kate Beckinsale and how they've had their looks focused on them rather than their acting ability.

Not too long ago, a cover story on Vanity Fair about Margot Robbie surfaced on the Internet and the author of the article, Rich Cohen, focused quite heavily on, survey says....her looks!

In his introductory paragraph, Cohen talks about how she's "sexy," "beautiful," and walks in a "catwalk way" as if she's a supermodel. Also, Cohen says how she rode from the beach of her hometown to the billboards around Sunset Boulevard. To me, the way he described her beauty along with her apparently "riding from the beach of her hometown" makes it seem like she got to where she is based mainly on her looks which is clearly not the case since she worked her own way into where she is now.

So instead of going on about her beauty, how about just talk about her rise to fame based on her talents?! Yes, Margot Robbie is a beautiful woman. We know that. But instead of writing like a horny high school freshman, Rich, just talk about the craft in her performances and focus on how she worked her way up to where she is now and she definitely didn't get to her position based solely on her looks. Martin Scorsese doesn't cast hacks in his movies and I know Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't work with hacks either. So, Margot Robbie is not a hack by any means.

Seeing this story frustrates me because that, along with the Keira Knightley and Kate Beckinsale situations, has me thinking: Can women in Hollywood REALLY not have it both ways?! When journalists and directors talk about working with a particular actress, is it possible for them not to talk about how they look? Guys, it's not rocket science.

We usually never hear about female reporters talking about how hot and attractive certain actors are. If that's the case, then we should stop having these males in the industry profession going on about a woman's beauty over her craft. Heck, Owen Gleiberman from Variety just did a story about Renee Zellweger, asking whether she's a different actress because she doesn't look like herself. Key word here being look. Zellweger is returning back to the screen after a long absence and is going back to doing what she loves and here, we have people commenting on her looks rather than her return to her profession. Unbelievable.

Anyways, that was my little rant about the sexism of Hollywood. I would love to hear about your thoughts about this whole situation down in the comments section. Thanks for reading!