Rashida Jones Gets Feisty On Twitter And Calls Out Her Celeb Peers Gina Vaynshteyn

Rashida Jones is a total babe. She somehow pulls off being both girl next door and out-of-this-world gorgeous. Also, she just seems like a genuinely nice person and best friend material, even if I’m just basing this observation from Parks and Rec (Aaaaannn Perkins!). So, when I read that she called out female celebrities for essentially showing way too much skin, I was a little taken aback. Rashida tweeted: “This week’s celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewhores.”

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While I’m not okay with women referring to each other as “whores”, I think Rashida deserves applause for being so blunt and honest. It does feel like all I see on Instagram and Twitter is boobs and ass. Entertainment websites are just overflowing with “Can you believe she wore that?!”s referencing to either a see-through tube-top or a bright pink leotard being pulled into a frontal wedgie. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. I’m all for self-expression and everything, but after awhile, it just gets exhausting, you know? And let me be totally clear here: I believe a woman has the right to choose how she dresses and how she wants to present herself. It doesn’t make her a “whore,” but it does show young women (and men) out there that this is a normative ideal, that a sexy woman must be an exposed one. And that’s simply untrue.

Rashida added, “Let me clarify. I don’t shame ANYone for anything they choose to do with their lives or their bodies, BUT I think we ALL need to take a look at what we are accepting as ‘the norm’. There is a whole generation of young women watching. Sure, be SEXY but leave something to the imagination.” 

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These comments have riled up a lot of people on the Internet. Some of them are just angry that Rashida used the judgmental word “whore” but some are even going so far as to say the actress has an inferiority complex, that celebrities like Miley are in the spotlight due to hard work, not their freely liberated bodies.

So let me expand on the latter issue for a second. Just because Rashida Jones posted an opinionated tweet concerning the epidemic of nearly-naked celeb posts does not mean she’s less sexy, attractive or talented. Just because a woman doesn’t believe she has to strip down to nothing in order to achieve stardom, attention, or beauty, doesn’t make her better or worse than women who do. This is not a competition. Let’s not turn this into a girl fight here.

Also, celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna have purposely posted explicit pictures of themselves on their social media accounts because they want that kind of exposure. This doesn’t make them more talented or harder workers. It also doesn’t disqualify their talents and work ethics. Although, to this day I still don’t totally understand why Kim is famous, but whatever.

Rashida, I applaud you and give you mad props for speaking your mind. It was brave and I don’t think it was totally out of line either.  What does everyone else think about Rashida Jones’ bold Twitter moves?

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  1. There are all types of interpretations for why Kim is famous . I just think she is a very lucky woman. The ball was always, always in her court. She’s had everything needed to get there from the beginning. Her family has always been rich. She had rich friends who had their own reasons for being famous. The sex tape with Ray J really helped but people don’t even really link her to it anymore if not just to belittle her. I love how she just owns it. She doesn’t care. “I was horny”, she said on her reality show with her family. I’m not really clear on why the Kardashian family got a reality series but the O.J. Trial was a huge part of their lives. Idk, it seems like there’s a whole science behind her fame.

  2. There was a time when people would’ve said the same thing about women who showed their legs, or backs, or stomachs, or cleavage. Times change. I thought we understood this by now so I”d think it’d be less of a shock when it happens. We should be focused on what our young daughters, nieces, granddaughters etc. are doing and not adult celebrities.

  3. Maybe “stopactinglikewhores” is where she misstepped a bit, but overall I don’t think the comment was out of line. I also don’t think it’s sad or pitiful that she may be feeling threatened by the girls who make more money and get more famous for exposing more skin.

    This article I recently read comes to mind… even though it’s more about sexism of women vs men, it makes some good, well-worded points: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/27/natascha-mcelhone-casual-sexism

    “There’s nothing wrong with sexual images, nothing wrong with that at all, but… the pornification of the female image now has such a strong place in our media it has become hard to create a space without it…”

    “I think back to when my mum was a rock journo in the late 70s/early 80s and all the women she interviewed and the pictures that were scattered around our house of Chrissie Hynde, Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox, Debbie Harry, Sinéad O’Connor, Joan Armatrading. I am sure they too were sold on their sex appeal, but look at how differently that was manifested alongside great voices and lyrics. They had a lot to vocalise, it seemed there was space for content as well as style in the mainstream market.”

    I don’t have a problem with the way other people present themselves. That’s their business. I’m not into slut-shaming. But it can be pretty frustrating when a body you’re born with or had the money to pay for, gets more appreciation than talents you built and accomplishments you worked hard for. Especially to the point that that’s all that matters any more, pushing all the folks choosing not to bare more skin out of the frame. I feel like that might be where she’s coming from, and I don’t blame her for voicing her opinion to that end.

  4. I’m definitely on board with Rashida Jones on this one!! Good move!!!

  5. I think she had the right idea, just she worded it the wrong way. I wish her second tweet was her first tweet.

  6. I agree with Rashida Jones 100%!!! It is okay to show cleavage, but leave some to the imagination and give people something to think about. Call me old fashion people but morals and dignity should never go out of style. It is so heartbreaking that women have abandoned being ladies. It is also sad that people have lost their dignities. Have a good day everyone! :)

  7. Women need to stop bullying the girl “closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina” and need to get upset with a system where Miley Cyrus’s performance on the VMA’s and her music videos have gotten her the number one album in the country. She’s a talented girl (check out her Jolene cover), but twerking and waging her tongue like a pup is what furthered her success.

    • I wouldn’t exactly call it bullying. I think there is a time and place to show your vagina (whether we’re referring to the inside or outside). I think when mainstream artists toy with crossing the line into being labeled ‘adult entertainers,’ they are entering dangerous territory. If they want to serve an all-age audience, they should make an effort to be a bit more respectful of their fans, even if it is not a reflection of their feelings toward themselves. If they want to exclaim ‘I’m not a child anymore! Check these out!’ and post topless photos, fine, just have your PR people warn your younger fans.

  8. Ohh please…………What ever happened to Freedom of Speech??? Now a days no one can say anything without a bunch of sensitive jacka***s jumping down your throat. It’s rediculous.

  9. Agree with the message, but who’re is a harsh term. As for Miley, oh I’m sure she works hard for her music, but I’m also sure that she could do just as well without exposing herself. It gets the attention and I suppose that any attention over just positive attention works for her and some people. But, anyhow, go Rashida!

  10. Agree with the sentiment but not the words chosen. Calling someone a whore, in my mind, is perpetuating an already potent cycle of hate towards women which is sad because if women don’t stick up for themselves then who will? And the idea that she is only targeting ‘certain’ women is ludicrous – people have been calling all kinds of women (regardless of how they dress or act) whores for centuries. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

  11. Well put, I’m following Rashida on twitter and had a similar reaction as yourself to those tweets. Rashida Jones is da bomb.

  12. 10000000 years ago, the church called for modesty in women. This included showing less skin & “leaving more to the imagination”. Our societies standards are still based on these puritanical, out-dated ideas. Vaginas, penises, breasts etc. BODY PARTS that should be covered because of what they represent: sex. They’re not the act of sex themselves but that’s what they represent. People see a hint of these things, including thigh, nipple etc. and immediately call it slutty, whorish and all of the other words that we are taught are ok because these body parts are showing. A lot of females especially take issue with other female’s showing more of these parts because its a sub-conscious threat to them because males look at these taboo parts and are more easily aroused. The problem really isn’t the body parts, its the shaming, it’s the covering of them that makes them “scandalous” or “sensual”. The truth is that if we weren’t ashamed of our bodies and dressed how we were most comfortable (your choice), a lot of this sexualization would disappear and they would just be body parts again. Her concern is futile. Its due to her own insecurities or trying to justify what she was taught to be truth. It’s super thoughtless & just makes this kind of slut-shaming ok. A lot of women are shamed for breast feeding their babies in public because of these outdated concepts. A lot of people want women to feed their babies somewhere confined because it turns them on to see breasts. Why? Because it’s off limits. I’m rambling hard. Anyways, this is lame. Women should be able to wear as much or as little clothing as they see fit, regardless of their reasons.

  13. What I got from this was, “yeah it’s not cool to slut shame, but stop dressing like a slut, because I’m tired of looking at how you dress.” I think it’s a little rude.

    • ^This.

      I also don’t think it’s fair to paint all detractors as “starting a girl fight.” Rashida can make slut-shamey remarks and that’s fine, but the moment anyone speaks up about it /they’re/ the ones causing conflict? It’s important to discuss this kind of thing rather than just let it go.

      What I would say to Rashida is that she’s right, women don’t (or certainly shouldn’t) have to undress for power, fame, popularity, success, or anything else. BUT just as much as they can say no to that, they can say yes to it, and that is also fine, because their bodies are their bodies and each of us gets to decide how we portray ourselves. I want a culture where no woman or girl is expected to dress or behave a certain way, and no one is shocked or upset if she chooses to of her own accord.

  14. Why have I not been following Rashida all this time?!

  15. It’s truly laughable that anyone could read Rashida’s comments and think she must have an inferiority complex. If anything, it shows she has MORE confidence than the women she’s referring to. She knows she is talented, intelligent, and beautiful, and doesn’t feel the need to expose her body for attention the way some of her peers apparently do. She also doesn’t appear to care what ‘list’ she is on, whether it’s A, B, or whatever. She’s a successful actress, writer, and producer, and obviously doesn’t need anyone else’s aporoval or validation.

    • Laughable? Ok.

      Riddle me this one, do you, in your personal experience, find that all bullies are more confident than their prey?
      I mean, in my opinion it seemed that the bullies bullied and ridiculed because they had their own goings-on that weren’t too favorable, but I suppose I could be wrong in the aspect.
      I’m not wrong in that, what Rashida Jones was doing was bullying. She’s that pretty girl in the hallway looking down at the girl with too many boyfriends because she’s dirty. But maybe she’s really just mad because she’s not having as much fun as that dirty girl. No?

      If Rashida Jones flew so above the radar that she didn’t feel there was a difference in “acting levels” why would she notice and feel inclined to comment on something so silly as what a women who is obviously not her type of friend, is doing with her body? It’s not a need for validation, to put a group of women down on a social platform where people express their agreement by passing around your original opinion?

      • I think she has noticed a trend in women thinking wearing skimpy clothing and she decided to share her opinions on it like many people do on twitter every single day. It’s not even newsworthy. Only because she’s a celebrity does anybody care. If it was any of the thousands and thousands of people that comment on this topic, nobody were say a word. I personally agree with her and think it’s sad that women complain about not wanting to be sexually objectified, then turn around dressing in clothing that has their butts and crotches practically hanging out. There is a difference between dressing nicely and even sexy versus walking around in clothing that would fit a small child.

      • How is an observation about a rampant and undeniable trend (not directed at any one particular person) at at of “bullying”? Don’t get me wrong, women should be free to wear what they want, but the idea that making a general comment about pop culture trends that frustrate you (or gross you out) is simply not the act of a bully. Judgmental? Maybe a little. Outspoken? For sure. Bully? Nonsense.

        • You really don’t see this as bullying?
          It’s starts with a smart-assed comment undermining the acting talent of women who show body for a role, and ends with “stop acting like whores.”
          There’s belittling, judging, and name-calling. I’d call that bullying in a heartbeat. I can even see how she stated this opinion thinking people would roar in agreement, then the backlash came and she felt the need to “clarify” by completely rebuking her original comment. This was not a general comment, this was a cruel hurtful thing said out of spite, to incite agreement.
          ” YEAH! WHORES! PUT CLOTHES ON!” And sure, Natalie Portman may not be affronted. Does that make it any better?
          The point is as she said herself, an entire generation of young girls is watching her call other girls whores, because of how they choose to dress or act. Is that ok? (Please do not think I am saying that watching Miley Cyrus hump things is optimal. It’s not.) Now starting a dialougue, addressing a problem that she feels is rampant and unacceptable, sure. Maybe starting a conversation with twitter followers, asking how they feel about over-sexuality in the media. Maybe expressing that she feels thing have gone too far, based on what she believes in for whatever reason. That would be incredibly commendable. Finally a woman to look up to. A woman who accepts other womans rights to be what they want, but can express herself in away that she doesn’t have to insult others. But no. Let’s call them whores. This wasn’t addressing a trend, this was a drive-by shooting.

          • I hear what you’re saying, and I just don’t agree. You can be angry at her choice of words, but I’m not particularly bothered by it. I think bullying is a specific and targeted act, and I believe that calling an expression of opinion bullying is a waste of energy. Because, let’s face it, she’s a person, and she’s not only allowed to believe that there is a generation of female celebrities teaching young girls that self-respect and self-degradation are the same thing, but she’s allowed to say so. I’m a firm believer that, however hurtful, words are just words, and actions are far more potent. Poor choice of words, fine, but I’m allowed to disagree. There was no specific reference to a woman showing skin for a role, there was no specific reference to anything. It’s gray area, and I think demanding that everyone agree with you or admit that they really don’t care about women or our rights/issues is simply unfair. I wouldn’t call another woman a whore, but I agree with her general point. And I’m allowed to. I don’t enjoy the idea that unless you’re half naked you’re not “hot”, and I’m totally ok with a woman saying that out loud. Be of your opinion (and be fervent, that’s awesome!), but understand that it’s not a be all and end all to feminism. There’s such an overwhelming amount of gray area on the topic of over-sexuality, and everyone deals with their frustrations differently. A comedienne is more likely to sound snarky than a novelist — that doesn’t mean that their personal stances on over-sexualization of women is all that different. I’d simply rather react to a situation or an opinion than a poorly chosen first batch of words used to begin the conversation.

  16. As an older generation person – this rush to show off your whole body has always smacked of self-sexual-objectification which when you don’t want the guys to sexually-objectify you, why do it to yourself? (And I’m not talking about people who dress in very little because they like how they look – that’s different). I’m talking about the whole celebrity thing – who ARE sexually objectified and as a consequence they show us how sexually objectified people act. Their whole public image is about product. Don’t you think it’s sad that women have to put their bodies out as product, and men don’t? How many guys have you seen that have their willies hanging out? And if the younger generation are picking this up as it’s ok to dress in nothing because this is how you get the boys and the attention? Then that’s sexually objectifying a whole generation – which is the opposite of what feminists who are older have wanted for you. (However and this is a big caveat – if you’re dressing in very little just for yourself – go for it).

  17. I’m agreeing with whoever said Rashida Jones has an inferiority complex. This is clearly a “the only reason I’m not a-list is because I have morals and principles.” issue. And it’s sad. Is it wrong to be opinionated? Absolutely not. It’s wrong to use your voice to insult, belittle or berate a large group of women because you feel you are above them. Now it’s apparent to me everyday that pretty girls who keep their mouth shut are highly prized, it’s a way of life and women sometimes push to far to garner the title “opinionated, strong, leader” . Social network is a kitchen, if it’s too hot, get out. But to slut-shame? Really? If you distance yourself from these things, what does it matter? She wasn’t trying to thought provoke, to get us to rethink the norm of what is quickly becoming sexually appropriate, she was slut-shaming. Probably patted herself on the back, thinking her tweet was funny. Not ok.

    • Rashida Jones is A-List. She is an accomplished writer, producer, actress and vocal performer. She is also the daughter of Quincy Jones. I’m not 100% on this but an educated guess would be that her opinion of things she mentioned has little to do with an inferiority complex.

      • Definitely! She is one talented lady. I think it’s kind of silly to put so much in-depth thought into this, but I think the message is well-intentioned. I think women like the Kardashians and earlier Paris Hilton are such poor role models for young women. Girls, do something. Create, cultivate a talent, read, speak, make a change in the world, even if it’s tiny. Be known for your true self, your mind and your accomplishments, not constantly only by how you look and what you wear (or don’t wear) or for having sex and releasing it publicly. Be more.

  18. You dress the way you want to be perceived. Therefore if you dress scantily, then you should expect the comments and backlash to follow. The world isn’t going to change anytime soon, and women will keep tearing each other down. It’s life.

  19. I am going to explain what I think, and I apologize if it is not what others think. I try to keep an open mind so hopefully others will as well.
    This is a tough subject. No one should tell people what to do, but things are different for women than men. We don’t hear men complain about other men and what they do. Why? Because women are still fighting to be treated equal as men. It is often believed that men (and women) perceive women as a group and that we are reflective of each other. And this is why it’s so difficult. How do we move past this? How do we let ourselves be ourselves without feeling like we’re getting lumped into one group. It sucks. I wish there was a right way to make this work, but I don’t know what the answer is. I think, in general, we should watch what we do IN THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC because there are children who look up to female celebrities and being a good role model is important. But it’s hard for celebrities to separate their public life and their private life with paparazzi around all the time. So should we blame them for wanting to do what they want to do?

  20. This is bullshit. I don’t admire Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus particularly, but at least neither of this women have never gone on unsolicited critical rants of other women. If it really bothers you, word your criticism so that it’s of society instead individuals, and look at the deeper problem instead of the superficial symptoms. We live in a society that puts women on pedestals for their sexiness and then takes extreme pleasure in knocking them down and ripping them to shreds.
    What the fuck is wrong with US? Not THEM. They, just like everyone else, are merely a pawn in the game.

    • There are documented instances of both women you mentioned going on public mud slinging rants against other women. Just sayin’.

      • When? I’ve never heard anything like that from Kim K! And this girl Gina doesn’t know why is she famous? Mmmm yeah because if you want to show your body then you are automatically labeled as ‘whore’. Your achievements become underrated.

    • Boobs in your avatar. Nuff said.

      • What you seem to be insinuating is offensive and misplaced and a part of the underlying problems of society. I don’t see how pointing out her avatar picture affects this girl’s argument. You are unfairly dismissing her argument with such a throwaway comment and not even attempting to reply on an intellectual level.

      • Nuff said? Is that your way of saying her opinion is not to be taken seriously?

    • You must have forgotten what Miley said about Amanda Bynes and Sinead O’Connor.