Apparently the reason people don’t like Rosie O’Donnell is because she doesn’t have a “bangin’ body”. At least that’s what Fox News is reporting. According to them, simply being funny as a Hollywood actress or comedian is no longer good enough. The latest requirement to be successful on screen is to be both hilarious and hot.
Stars like Anna Faris, Mila Kunis and Olivia Munn were sited as examples of those funny actresses who do it right by combining their sense of humor with a sexy body, while celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have reportedly “transformed themselves in recent years from somewhat awkward to stylish sex symbols.” Wow, what an accomplishment. It’s not that they are being applauded for becoming better, smarter, more entertaining actresses–it’s that they have learned how to work their svelte bodies and show off their cleavage.
Carrie Keagan, host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz further perpetuated this belief:
The mentality that funny and sexy can’t go together is on its way out, because trying to be sexy is pretty damn funny!
Entertainment expert Patrick Wanis added:
For women, frump isn’t funny any longer. The new female comedian has to be the sexual aggressor, sexually provocative, dominant and successful. Hollywood is now portraying women as the dominant force – the boss, the rescuer, the heroine, the hunter. Now women are being sexually provocative and sexually aggressive, rude and funny without the femininity or the class.
What’s interesting here is that sexiness of male actors is not an issue. When I think of Will Farrell, Steve Carrel and Jim Carrey, a hot body doesn’t come to mind. Nobody’s telling them to “sex it up” and get a “bangin’ body”. They are among the leading comedians in Hollywood because they are funny. And good at what they do. That’s it.
But Wanis was still holds the idea that women need to operate by different standards and was bold enough to say that funny women who aren’t all that sexy may struggle with this new set of ideals. He also said Hollywood doesn’t want a woman who is not sexually enticing like Rosie O’Donnell. Like, that couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that she’s just loud and annoying and obnoxious.
Instead, apparently we’d rather watch Snooki and all the super-smart, entertaining Housewives. Because, you know, they are so funny.