Rightbloggers Continue Outreach to Women with "Lena Dunham is Ugly" Campaign
So let's reach into the grab bag marked "rightblogger gold" and see what's up -- ah, we got the war-on-women ticket. Piece of cake! We can fill out most of a column on the brethren's latest rage-gasm over Lena Dunham and her clothed and unclothed body. And if we have to pad it, there's plenty more misogynistic crap where that came from.
Conservatives usually have one actress at whom they point their hate-ons against Hollywood, women, and Hollywood women; Jane Fonda and Barbra Streisand come to mind. In recent years the rightbloggers have adopted Lena Dunham as their hate pin-up, partly for her liberal credentials, partly because she has the nerve to appear on television as a sympathetic character without being skinny or having big tits.
Last week's MacGuffin was a peculiar offer by the feminist site Jezebel to pay a $10,000 bounty for unretouched photos from Dunham's recent Vogue magazine feature. Jezebel was, it seems, trying to make a point about images of women in popular culture.
Rightbloggers who tackled the subject were also trying to make a point about images of women in popular culture -- mainly that there shouldn't be any if the subject isn't skinny and doesn't have big tits, and especially if she's some mouthy liberal dame.
Some of them had been on the case since Dunham's Vogue spread was announced. "Vogue Mag Lowers Standards," headlined Albert Merrick at Ben Shapiro's rage-aggregator site, Truth Revolt. "'Girls' star Lena Dunham to feature on cover despite untraditional body type."
"The Daily Mail is reporting that Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is ready to 'violate a lot of Vogue traditions' to reach a younger audience," Merrick further reported. "The standards in question? The somatotype standards of beauty." Gasp! They have violated the tomatotype -- we mean the somatotype!
Never Yet Melted's David Zincavage certainly felt his somatotypography had been disturbed. "The elephant (sorry, Lena!) in this room of rage is that, let's face it, Lena Dunham really isn't that pretty," Zincavage analyzed. "Even glammed up for Vogue, those monster thighs lobster-clawing the neck of the guy who's bearing her on his shoulders really do have some 'perceived imperfections.'"
You're oppressing me with your untraditional body type! Now how are me and the guys supposed to enjoy Vogue?
Lest you think this is just another internet troll harshing on one of the many, many women he will never have, Zincavage let us know he had a cultural point: "'body positivity' -- considering yourself a raving beauty no matter how much you weigh or what you actually look like -- is a central tenet of feminism," he wrote, and counterpointed a Slate author's explanation about how body image works thusly: "Yes, the point of fashion magazines is to 'make us all feel like crap.' That's why Vogue has 1.3 million subscribers. But let's go on pretending."
To recap, Vogue was deliberately sabotaging itself by featuring Dunham instead of someone who looks more like a stripper, for reasons unspecified but having to do with feminism. We suspect Zincavage feels that way about a lot of things.
"Vogue Fawns Over Lena Dunham, Ignores Low Ratings for 'Girls,'" wrote culture warrior Christian Toto at Newsbusters. Apparently Dunham only gets the star treatment because she supports Obama, unlike other TV stars. And the media does this sort of thing all the time: "Tina Fey also gets the media's full attention despite chronically weak ratings for her NBC series 30 Rock," reported Toto. "Fey's impression of Gov. Sarah Palin, however, earned the comic actress plenty of good will among media elites." Yet Greg Gutfield is stuck on Fox. It's just not fair!
"Melissa McCarthy, who stole the smash hit Bridesmaids and turned Identity Thief and The Heat into box office winners, might have something to say about Dunham's 'queen' title," continued Toto. "Then again, magazine scribes and audiences alike have no clue as to how McCarthy votes or what causes she supports." Don't they, Christian? Don't they? [Then the line went dead.]
Some rightbloggers dispensed with the Vogue angle and just talked about Lena Dunham being naked, which seemed to excite them, however much they insisted that she was unattractive.
When Dunham reacted with understandable irritation to yet another freelance somatotypist who'd critiqued her nudity as if it were a production value -- "If you're not into me, that's your problem and you're going to have to work that out with professionals" -- Robert Stacy McCain chortled, "WHOA! A man who isn't 'into' Lena Dunham has a 'problem'? He needs 'to work that out with professionals'? As in, reparative therapy?" Who's the fascist now libtards? McCain quoted some other wingnut comedians who agreed the femifascists were trying to force everyone to look at Lena Dunham's tiny tits ("Want to see Kate Upton nude? Sexist. Don't want to see Lena Dunham nude? Sexist"), and informed us that one of feminism's chief tenets is "it's sexist oppression for men to prefer some women over others." That's in The Female Eunuch, right?
"Oh and here's a recent pic of Lena Dunham," reported He-Man Women Haters' Club President Emeritus Ace of Spades. "Given her age and current income this is probably the peak of her attractiveness. It's not that she's ugly - mostly she's a tiny bit weakly cute in a very average way. Which isn't a crime and just makes her average-ish..." Later, after his orgasm, Spades wrote, "But I guess we're supposed to pretend she's a sex pot and swoon over her nudity or we're now misogynists or something." Then Spades claimed he'd never seen her nude, as if he were the type to pass up any link that promised nude female celebrity pics, not excluding Dr. Ruth's.
"I've been thinking a lot about Lena Dunham's naked body," said Andrew Klavan at Truth Revolt. "It's a difficult job, but someone's got to do it." Thank you, try the veal, it's politically incorrect! "Why the nonsensical over-reaction?" asked Klavan (he meant Dunham's, not his own.) "Well, obviously, it's because Dunham is not very pretty and she's also kind of fat." Klavan ended heroically: "I won't be told by a group of filmmakers who are using an actress's flesh for commercial purposes that it's somehow offensive for me to pass judgment on the product they're putting up for sale." High-fives to all the Spartacuses in the man cave!
"If You Don't Want To See Lena Dunham Naked You're A Misogynist Or Something," bannered The Lonely Conservative. You know, it's actually a great way for these guys to look at it -- now they've got a flattering explanation for why people are always calling them that.
DaTechGuy seemed at first to be eulogizing Russell Johnson, who'd played the Professor on Gilligan's Island and died last week. "He was the original MacGyver," said DaTechGuy. "Like James Doohan's Scotty, Russell Johnson's Professor Roy Hinkley inspired people to science." Also he served in World War II. "In short," continued DaTechGuy, "Johnson was a role model a person could watch that show and say I'd like to be like that. Think of this and compare it to the debate about Lena Dunhan's Girls..."
No, we're not even kidding.