Posts Tagged ‘Sandra Bullock’
So I’m not a big fan of Saturday Night Live. So it’s no surprise that I never know who is hosting at what time. But if I would have known that Tina Fey was hosting SNL this past Saturday, I might have tuned in…if I wasn’t at an amazing concert. I personally think that SNL started going majorly downhill (it was already going downhill from the previous seasons) when Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon left the show. So I probably would have tuned in if I could have if I knew that Tina Fey was hosting.
But then I caught this clip of “Women’s News” from the Weekend Update that Tina Fey did. Oh Tina Fey. I sometimes I have such high hopes for you, but then you go and do things like this:
So, I didn’t want to add to the mess that is the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James scandal. It’s been beaten with a stick and yet we are still talking about it. And then Tina Fey had to go an add to it. For those who didn’t feel like watching the clip, Tina Fey basically blamed Michelle “Bombshell” McGee (and all mistresses basically) for Jesse James (and men in general) cheating. Because everyone knows that the men wouldn’t cheat if it wasn’t for those horrible women that lure them away. It’s not the man’s fault at all. I expected better from you Tina Fey.
Oh, and don’t forget how she made the judgments based on McGee’s tattoos. I, personally, don’t really like the whole body tattoo look, but that doesn’t mean that the people that have those tattoos are horrible people.
I know that the media in general have been blaming and slut-shaming McGee for this whole situation (even though it has come out that Jesse James had numerous affairs). But I was just shocked to see Tina Fey join in just to get a laugh. I’m very disappointed in you, Tina.
What the hell is with this movie?! This trailer for All About Steve has always rubbed me the wrong way.
Sandra Bullock plays a woman named Mary who is set up on a blind date with Steve (Bradley Cooper). Steve is soooo not into it, but Mary sooo is. She’s so into that she somehow thinks that he loves her too so decides to follow him to where he is working — filming a hurricane (?). She’s obsessed and pretty much becomes a stalker.
What kind of message is this sending about women? The trailer tries to claim that the movie is all about being yourself and not changing for anyone. Ok, I can see that. Mary doesn’t change her obsessive/stalker tendancies. This movie just portrays women as desperate and obsessive when it comes to relationships.
Romanitc comedies (and other genres too) have the tendancy to portray women as not whole unless they have found that “one” guy. Women cannot have a successful career, great friends, and by happy with that. She will never be happy (even though she thinks she might be) until she finds a perfect guy…and that guy will probably make her realize that she is too committed to her career (see my review of The Proposal).
All About Steve seems to take this to the extreme. Mary herself feels like she will not be complete unless she can land her perfect guy, Steve…to the point of obsession.
Portraying women as obsessive and stalker-like when it comes to relationships just reinforces the stereotype that women are desperate relationship-seekers, even if it masks itself as promoting self-esteem and self-expression. I just hope that at some point we can get past portraying women as incomplete without a man in mainstream movies.
Last time I checked, she wasn’t. As I was driving back from Indianapolis today I listened to part of American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. He had a little blurb about Sandra Bullock’s new movie, The Proposal. He basically said something along the lines of “Sandra Bullock’s playing a guy.” (I didn’t get a chance to hear his interview with Bullock because the radio station cut out). Now, I was thinking about going to see this movie already because it looked like an amusing, light movie, but after hearing that I had to go see it!
What Seacrest was expressing in his little blurb was the belief held by many people in the United States still today. Someone who is a strong, successful, hard-working business person has to be male. Bullock’s character is an editor at a publishing firm and everyone in the office is scared of her, using instant messenger to warn co-workers when she’s coming. She’s even called a “poisonous bitch” when she fires someone who hasn’t been doing their job. Granted, she is pretty unemotional and detached from the people around her, but when did this become a bad thing. If she were a man, people might still be afraid, but he would be respected. It’s so sad that this kind of sexism and double standard still exists in our society.
Later in the movie, Ryan Reynolds’ character avoids helping a struggling Bullock by saying, “she won’t let me help…she’s a feminist.” So, what’s so wrong with this? Women can take care of themselves and can certainly carry their own luggage. But using feminism as an excuse to help someone who is clearly struggling is the kind of thing that has turned feminism into the “f-word.” This kind of use of feminism is what is turning people off from it because feminists are then seen as “crazy bitches” who hate men.
This movie would have never been made, though, if the roles were reversed. If Bullock’s character were a man who was forcing Reynolds’ character to marry him, it would not be a funny, romantic comedy, it would be sexual harassment. This is true. But why is it funny when it’s a woman forcing a man to marry her? Why isn’t this sexual harassment, or at the very least, a misuse of power?
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the movie. I laughed during quite a bit of it. It was a light-hearted, romantic comedy that I did enjoy watching. But what message about women and feminism is this movie spreading? This is just the kind of thing that is adding to the perpetuation of our sexist society. I’m not saying don’t go see the movie. It was funny. It was pretty good, if you like romantic comedies. All I’m saying is that you should become aware of the kinds of messages the movies you watch are spreading about different genders, sexes, races, classes, sexual orientations…and the list goes on.