Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bros Before Hos

The bottom image is a spoof of the top image, both photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Come on, you guys! For being the Judd Apatow darling funny men that Hollywood has been trying to sell us for the last two years, you could at least show a little skin. I give it an A- for concept, a D for effort. This could have been a really edgy visual commentary on the portrayal of male and female celebrities' naked bodies, but the boys chickened out. Typical.

UPDATE: Others agree!

Salon's Broadsheet March 2 round table

"Lynn Harris: Dodai at Jezebel is correct: "As any good comedian knows, you have to commit to the joke." This, in those terms, is an epic fail. So, wait: is it men who aren't funny after all?

Rebecca Traister: All this silliness does is amplify the point that men can become famous in Hollywood, and famous enough to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, without having bodies that you want to see unclothed. There is not a similar path to success for Hollywood's women.

Sarah Hepola: OK, but honestly? I would like to see Paul Rudd unclothed.

Lynn: I was thinking the same thing, sistah friend!

Tracy Clark-Flory: Ditto.

Mary Elizabeth Williams: Between the hack work and the pawning of her photos, I guess Annie Leibovitz really is hard up. That this drivel is being peddled by the same woman who shot one of the most famous male nude photos ever -- the beautiful, vulnerable image of John Lennon curled up against Yoko Ono for Rolling Stone, just makes the whole business all the more cynical and pitiful.

Please. Parody something that's iconic and interesting and anybody gave a damn about the first time. But if you insist, for God's sake, have the cojones to show some cojones. (I will concede, however, that an unbuttoned Paul Rudd is never an entirely unwelcome image.)"

― Tracy Clark-Flory

Pandagon's Amanda Marcotte, March 3:

"If you challenged the strict gender stratification where women are for shutting up and being hot and men are for staying clothed and looking, and say, put lean, naked men in a picture to be gazed at by a famous lesbian, you’d have made the point, but it wouldn’t be funny, because there’s not gotcha there. And then a lot of people would be uncomfortable, because you revealed the lie of gender essentialism. But this isn’t funny, either."


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