Ricky Gervais said it best at this year’s Golden Globes and it was funny because it was what everyone was thinking. Celebrities, please, just stop, stop lecturing the public….. you know nothing about the real world.
“If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d called your agent wouldn’t ya. So, if you do win an award tonight then don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world….” — Ricky Gervais
The recent viral video by actress Cynthia Nixon, made famouse by her role in Sex in the City of all shows, is another example of creepy celebrity intervention into the lives of ordinary people.
The video went viral because it draws on genuine issues relating to a range of societal pressures placed on contemporary women. The irony of the whole bizarre event, is the role that shows like Sex in the City have played in generating these pressures that women now carry?
The show was famous for portraying women who exuded these pressures and as a result were living highly sought after lifestyles. In short, the show presented a blueprint on what makes a women successful and those women looked like this:
In doing so the show itself has to bare some responsibility for disseminating this point of view to the world?
many women feel these pressures because of shows like Sex in the City.
These photos are but a small example, but you get the picture.
As the name suggests, the women in Sex in the City lived an empowered life, defined by a vast departure from what would be considered to be traditional conservative values. Instead, the women were constantly framed with high-end fashionable clothes, well made-up faces and hair, they were always looking and talking the part and they embraced liberal lifestyles when it came to intimate partner relationships. So much so that critics of the show were often criticised to be ‘slut shaming’ the female stars for their characters chosen on-screen interactions.
It would appear though, that now Cynthia Nixon would like to back track from the culture she had a part in shaping. You can see this by the stark contrast of her appearance in the recent video. There appears no room within her recent ‘look’ for colourful dress, big hair and fancy shoes. In contrast, we now see hair slicked back and black clothes. Sex appeal is non-existent and anger appears to be lurking just under the surface.
This is exactly the kind of creepy irony that Ricky Gervais was talking about at the Golden Globes. The world has quite frankly had enough of Celebrities lecturing us ordinary people from their ivory towers, particularly when they themselves have played major roles in shaping the kind of culture that they now claim to detest.
Particularly of recent, the public is realising just how insidious it is to see these celebrities try to appeal to the average person by jumping onto a social justice issue. The insidiousness is that the issue itself is often real, like the gender pay gap or in this example, genuinely horrible pressures placed on women by society.
The key questions to ask here are: what role has shows like Sex in the City played in generating these unfair societal pressures onto women? All the things that Nixon mentions, the need to look perfect, speak perfect, be perfectly happy, be perfectly funny, be perfectly a girlfriend or wife, to be pretty and have sex appeal?
I’ll leave that up to you to decide.