Apparently in order to be funny in Hollywood these days one thing is a must – sexiness.
According to Fox News, the latest crop of female comedians “combine funny bones with banging bodies” and are “hilarious and hot.”
And it’s a good thing they do because it turns out that funny women need to be sexy to get work.
“For women, frump isn’t funny any longer. The new female comedian has to be the sexual aggressor, sexually provocative, dominant and successful,” says entertainment expert Patrick Wanis. “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.”
So as women comedians take one step forward – being in roles where they are “dominant and successful” at the same time they take two steps back – being limited to roles where they are also required to be sexually provocative and aggressive without being feminine or classy.
So it seems that it order for women to be in “dominate and successful” roles if they must also be sexy and funny.
Women like Anna Faris, Mila Kunis, and Olivia Munn are the sexy, funny types that fit the bill. Having transformed themselves from “somewhat awkward to stylish sex symbols,” Jennifer Aniston, Jane Krakowki, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are also lucky enough to find success in this new comedy landscape.
On the flip side, Wanis argues that comedians like Rosie O’Donnell and Janeane Garofalo will have trouble finding work or “be relegated to playing the female versions of Chris Farley,” a statement that is obvious meant to be negative. I wonder what the author of this article would have to say about Melissa McCarthy, this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner.
What about men? Are they held to the same standard as women? Would you call Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, or Will Ferrell sexy? Would you think they were funnier if you thought they were sexy? Does it even matter? And the real question here is why it matters for women?
Paving your way as a talented comedian is hard enough as it is for women. Why isn’t being talented and funny as hell enough?
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