I recently stumbled upon this really old NYT article posing the question ‘why don’t people like Megan Fox?’
I am writing this from my position in the middle of an internet Venn Diagram, flanked by two differing (though both equally militant) opinions, regarding some-time actress Megan Fox. It seems I must either be filled with an irrational hatred of this woman, slandering every aspect of her various media appearances and savoring any opportunity to publicly call her a ‘stupid whore’, the same way a sommelier might savor a fine vintage, or I must spend my days writing effusive fan fiction about the day I am finally able to throw myself prostrate and weeping at her pedicured feet, basking in her inhuman glory.
There is no middle ground.
It seems the things her fans love about her are the same things her detractors find so irritating.
Fans love her willingness to speak her mind and refusal to sugarcoat her opinions; haters think its tacky and gross that she feels the need to share the trim of her bikini line with the readers of Marie Claire.
Fans love her work; haters feel that she didn’t exactly shine in the grand total of four movies she has ever starred in.
Fans love her looks, natch; haters either feel she’s ugly (?!?!) or that she is merely the product of an incredibly talented surgeon (a surgeon who can also apparently craft live doves from earthen clay, turn water into wine and prove himself the true wielder of Excalibur).
There are two types of Megan Fox haters. The ones who (see above) will genuinely find fault with everything she does. For whatever reason. Although, apparently its jealousy.
And then there is the larger group, true, of mostly females, who claim to hate Megan Fox. I don’t think these people actually hate Megan Fox. I think they really hate Megan Fox’s fans. The coverage she gets, missives so laden with desperate praise, that within sentences it becomes uncomfortably clear that the author was almost certainly masturbating vigorously between keystrokes. The fact that no matter what she does it receives this kind of reception.
She could slap an elderly deaf mute in the face and still be zealously defended by bloggers and comment section antagonists the internet over. This is indeed symptomatic of the times we live in, that the way you look means more than your personality or the things you say or what you’ve made of your career. If you’re ‘hot’ you’re far more likely to be protected from the consequences of your own actions. Which, you know. Duh. But this time it’s so obvious even a 12-year-old teenybopper with a copy of US Weekly can see it.
God forbid the recipient of aforementioned immunity apparently play up to her male fan base. Its like an A-Bomb of feminist rage.
This whole ‘Xbox playing, bisexual, loves giving blowjobs and reading comic books’ persona is kind of insulting. Which is ironic, because she actually seems like a really cool person when she’s not putting it on. And she really needs to stop slagging off the entire female population. Its not doing her any favours.
Me, personally, I think she’s awesome. If only for this interview. Also I cannot wait for Jonah Hex.
Just my two cents.
This was a guest blog by Amy Green from Interpol Groupies Wear Black. Hooray.