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.”
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.”
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?