We're doing it again on this website. Miley has made it to the "women we don't approve of list". It's okay to worship Beyonce (whose public persona is both calculated and distant), and we must care deeply for Taylor Swift (who used to be extremely objectionable on this site), and the darling Anne Hathaway (the great under dog!) and Gaga (who we've now decided is veering steadily to the no list because suddenly she is over wrought and trying to hard, suddenly) and let's not forget the worship Rhianna (who seems to be in full use of every sexy/crotch related move in as much as any other young star).
But we should collectivey hate and/or concern troll Miley, Kesha (as a no talent hack), and Gwenyth (the devil by virtue of being wealthy and upper class her entire life) and Katy Perry (for the whip cream bra). Who else do we decide not to like just for the sake of...I don't know what? It's like Teen Bop around here.
We don't view these women as individuals, we don't take into account their life experience. We see them as a vehicle of entertainment and expect them to behave in some prescribed manner. We dream up in our minds who each of these people are or who they should be. We very seldom look at them in context of a entertainer and a public property versus the private individual with their own experiences and histories.
I get that it's fun to gossip and conjecture about them because they are in the spot light, they are young and wealthy, and they appear to be having all kinds of wild good times. I understand those knee jerk reactions (I do it too) to certain stars because of some inexplicable thing. To be fair quite often the PR machines that launch these careers can often over expose a client and that alone can exasperate that part of your brain that tunes into to these things.
But for a bunch of feminists we sure can forget our best intentions and leave our idealism at the door to pounce on some unknown starlet for some imagined grievance. It would be nice if we could make a little extra effort to be less absolute in our criticism. Perhaps we can discuss these young ladies within context, and debate the merits of their actions in furthering their career. Or maybe just approach the silliness with equal humor and laugh it off. Maybe we can just try to be less judge and jury and more captive audience. Hollywood and the entertainment industry is an illusion of wild and sexy. It's a fantasy adventure and maybe when stupid shit happens we can employ our sense of humor first.
I'm not saying I don't participate, I can list the ones I least like. So this is as much for myself as anyone else. I don't like the pile on, the online mean girl antics. I don't like the sudden rush to damn some little pop tart for behaving precisely as they are molded and encouraged to do. I don't like admonishing a young woman who is in the process of discovering herself and where she fits into the world.
Maybe I'm rambling like an old lady here. I'm just tired of this hero v villain approach to starlets. Or maybe it's just Monday and I am grumpy as f@#$%.