Whadda week it has been and it’s only Wednesday. We don’t often do round-ups at SIAC — we’re more in the business of agonizing over wordy mini Master’s theses that seven people read — but sometimes you just have to get down to bidness.
All-Women Ghostbusters Confirmed
Freaks & Geeks creator/Bridesmaids director Paul Feig confirmed that he’ll be penning a new Ghostbusters script along with The Heat/Parks & Rec writer Katie Dippold and that it will indeed star “hilarious women.” OOOH WHO YOU GONNA CALL, PAUL!?
I hope Mindy Kaling is on speed-dial when it comes to casting as this whole thing was pretty much her idea. Melissa McCarthy, Retta and Kristen Wiig round out my ghost-busting (and GUT-BUSTING!) dream team. (Bill Murray was into it before it was made official; his suggestions, FWIW, are McCarthy, Wiig, Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini.)
When a women-led Ghostbusters film was rumoured — merely rumoured — in the summer, lots of big baby-men cried big baby-men tears: “WAHHHH! YOU’RE GOING TO RUIN IT! WOMEN CAN’T BE GHOSTBUSTERS!” (Like, really? You’re going to tell me that women can’t do a thing THAT ISN’T EVEN A REAL THING?)
But here’s the thing: not only is visibility/representation very important, movies starring women also make a fuck-ton of money (see: The Hunger Games franchise, Maleficent, Gravity, Lucy.) NOW WHERE’S MY FEATURE-LENGTH WONDER WOMAN MOVIE?
J-Law Continues to be Awesome
Jennifer Lawrence has some strong words for the hackers who broke into her iCloud account and stole nude photos of her: “It’s not a scandal, it’s a sex crime,” she tells Vanity Fair (she’s on the cover of the mag’s November ish).
Fun fact: I used pretty much the same turn of phrase in my Winnipeg Free Press column about the celeb nude hack and our culture’s entitlement to famous women’s bodies and was called “ridiculous” by more than one reader!
From the VF piece:
It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.
Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.
The magazine hits newsstands on Oct. 14.
Pink-washing hits its nadir
I originally thought this was, like, some kind of October Fool’s Joke but no! It’s real! Because the world can be a terrible place! Susan G Komen for the Cure — you know, the breast cancer charity that tried to cut its funding of BREAST CANCER SCREENING and education programs provided by Planned Parenthood — has teamed up with A FRACKING FIRM called Baker Hughes, which is selling 1,000 hot pink drill bits to raise $100,000 for Komen. The tagline? “Do your bit to support Komen by making a donation today.” GET IT!? Vommmmmmmm.
Pink-washing is as inevitable as pumpkin spice come October. In case you forgot why it’s pure evil, here’s Marlo’s excellent post from last year.