NYTimes scrutiny of Golden Globe actresses causes a riot.
Updated: Jan 19 by mamaV
This story is heating up; CNN.com just interviewed WATRD on this, so I’d like you ladies to fire away on your opinions on this.
First check out the discussion going on here on NYTimes Now Scrutinizing, A Rounder Golden Globes by Andy Port (FYI Andy is a woman).
The fuss is over Ms. Port’s story that Candice wrote about yesterday stating:
“Ms. Port stated that some of the actresses at Sunday’s Golden Globes have put on a little weight. She clearly means this as a compliment, indicating that, “Instead of a Barbie-doll circumference, there was suddenly, amazingly, a womanly roundness to their frames” and that they were now more ‘Marilyn than Twiggy.’ Do you agree?”
My response to CNN.com will be published today; in the meantime here is what I had to say to poor Andy Port:
Ok the commenters here rule. I can just see Andy sitting there going WTF?
Here’s the deal Andy:
Saying these women look “rounder” makes 98% of the female population feel fat. STRIKE 1!
I’d say you were sincere in this article, because as one of us, you would like to see the BMI of the average women go up…problem is you didn’t state that. STRIKE 2!
This is the NYTimes, people don’t come here for what appears to be snarky body image talk (do they?) and plus the whole saga over the manipulation of Ms. Hendricks image is a total load of bs. You know it, I know it, we all know it — so NYTimes should fess up because these stories only tend to blow up into monsters (remember the once upon a time beloved fashion designer Ralph Lauren?)
Your out babe,
Founder, WeAreTheRealDeal Body Image Blog
Candice’s post continued:
Then there’s the remarkably beautiful Christina Hendricks, of Mad Men. In a separate New York Times piece, Cathy Horyn states that Ms. Hendricks was “not pretty” in “Christian Siriano’s exploding ruffle dress.” She then goes on to quote an unnamed stylist who stated, “You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.” And yet, that’s not even the most infuriating part of the article, if that can be believed.
Alongside the piece is a picture of Ms. Hendricks that seems to have been distorted in order to make their point:
According to the Gothamist, the picture on the left is the one used by the NY Times and the one on the right is the original image. Christina Hendricks is a stunningly beautiful woman – the sort one might call “traffic-stopping” – and yet they feel the need to exaggerate her proportions to make their point.
UPDATE: Ms. Horyn has added the following statement to her post about Ms. Hendricks: “A number of readers raised concerns that the photo of Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globe Awards had been deliberately altered. The photo was slightly distorted inadvertently due to an error during routine processing. The photograph has been replaced.”
So take that as you will.
But wait, what was their point again? Big girls shouldn’t wear big dresses? Is that really rule number one? Is that really a rule at all? I adore fashion and have always loved watching awards shows just to see what the actresses are wearing. I even love a good, snarky comment or two (or five) about some ill-advised fashion choices. But the comments in these articles aren’t about fashion choices; they are not-well-thought-out judgments of these women’s bodies – these women who are all beautiful and unique. Meanwhile, I don’t see many commentaries about the truly larger actresses like Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe, other than some articles I read about how Mo’Nique doesn’t shave her legs (which, interestingly, isn’t being judged harshly in most of the articles I saw that mentioned this).
So where does this leave us? Some women are complimented for seemingly gaining weight; others are distorted to make a point; and yet others are ignored? Is there a way to enjoy these shows and the fashion (if you’re so inclined) while avoiding all of the personal judgment that seems to be passed at the expense of the actresses?
Your turn, what is your take on this saga?