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

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.” 


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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  • Mary Traina

    Well said! I empathize with her exhaustion over people dressing sexy for shock value. It’s been done to death! But until our society can laugh off women’s hideous “sexy” style choices without getting angry, the way we laughed off the Situation’s insistence on pulling up his shirt, then I guess this ridiculousness is necessary to shine a light on the double standard that exists there. I dream of one day living in a world where women shy away from mesh dresses with nothing but a thong underneath NOT because they are afraid of being called a “whore,” but because it’s unsanitary and uncomfortable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001016783081 Jess Tholmer

    Team Rashida.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14102782 Caroline Jeffery

    inferiority complex… HA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=865960643 Katie Sutherland

    The initial post wasn’t that great to me but I am pleased with her explanation of what she said and why she said it. I personally refuse to call anyone a whore or a slut, etc. But I do believe in speaking your mind about an issue of attention grabbing plots by exposing ones self. Like Halloween is coming up, I don’t like when people refer to costumes as “slutty” instead of “sexy” because just because someone’s skirt is short doesn’t mean they are a slut. The terms just need to be left behind while we try to build better selves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001528034466 Angela Hayes

    I agree with Rashida. I see nothing wrong with her pointing out the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527458431 Elizabeth McDonald

    Kim is famous because her dad made O J Simpson seem innocent. And America is messed up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000427968847 Mary Wence

      Actually, Kim is famous because of her sextape with Ray J.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21904221 Chris Pertz

    Never heard of this until I saw your article. I don’t believe in using those terms anymore because of the whole rape culture aspect of those words. I do agree that everywhere you look, it is becoming the norm to show a lot of skin, and for some reason the person showing the skin, thinks that’s what it takes to be sexy. Showing all your body parts except a sliver of your private areas is not sexy. A lot of skin showing doesn’t equal sexy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584007646 Sarah Reamon

    I very much agree with where Rashida is coming from. I don’t necessarily support using the word “whore” but I guess her tweet probably would have faded into oblivion without that controversy added to it so maybe that was part of the strategy (or just an unintended benefit).

    …”to this day I still don’t totally understand why Kim is famous” – Thank you! I say that all the time, good to know I’m not alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6308075 Carissa Duran

    Don’t know much about celebrities, but I’m a big fan of her’s now :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677162807 Brianna Kirkland

    I think it’s interesting that a tweet is being called a “bold Twitter move.” Tweets are often just 140 characters of your passing thoughts at that moment. I’m not sure that it was necessarily a calculated “move.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=526865360 Scott Mendelson

    General agreement aside (although I’d argue that cultural standards are more to blame than those celebrities who merely play the game with the rules they have been given), can we please not use the word “feisty” when talking about women? It’s condescending and patronizing, and you’d never use such a word when talking about a male.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1551475963 Sheri Lazare

    I love that she did this and support her even more now.
    FYI- Kim became famous because of a “leaked” sex tape. So, for her to continue with sex-based posts is par for the course for her. She became famous because of sex, she will only remain famous for sex…and in my eye, slutty. In hindsight, guess naming her baby North West wasn’t such a bad idea; it is the only direction that child will receive in her life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005147888610 Erin Oxnam

    To be honest I’m sick of everyone trying to tell people what to do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1334850102 Erica Bauwens

      I second this. I don’t care how someone chooses to dress- if you’re proud of your body and want to show it off, then more power to you girl! I was a teenager growing up with Britney Spears in a school girl outfit but that exposure didn’t raise me to think that I have to dress like that to impress anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551518076 Katie Pennebaker Carmack

    “I don’t want to shame anyone based on what they wear, but let’s leave something to the imagination.’

    Exactly whose imagination are we leaving it to?

    And it is shaming. Because you’re saying that someone who wears less clothing than ‘the norm’ is someone who is less worthy of being associated with talent.
    Because you’re still asking why Kim Kardashian is famous, than being willing to admit that maybe she’s smart and a good business person-rather than attributing her success to her clothing choices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510443063 Jaime Hammer

    Stuff like this is so grey to me. I, too, applaud her for speaking up about an issue, but at the same time, who is she to judge what others are doing or why they’re doing it.

    I firmly believe in voicing your opinion on things that are important to you. AND, I also firmly believe in totally just being yourself and doing whatever it is that you want to do. If you believe that female celebrities should expose less of themselves, cool. If you want to wear a pink leotard, cool. I wear the things I wear (whether it’s a black miniskirt or an oversized sweater) because I have confidence in myself and my body, so if someone is wearing (or not wearing) clothes because it’s empowering to them, then what’s the issue?

    If Rashida is concerned with the girls who are looking up to these celebrities, then maybe the bigger issue is about childrens’ more immediate role models: the parents. Kids are seeing these women on TV and in magazines, so maybe parents should be more careful what their kids are exposed to. Not that parents should overly shelter their kids, but just don’t let the TV be a babysitter. Or, after a child sees a scantily clad celebrity on TV, the parents can talk to the child about it and explain that their appearance is not the norm.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198474693 Annamaria Beiter

      But I think the problem is that this kind of exposure is everywhere and like you said you can’t shelter kids from all of it. Not trying to give parents an easy out or excuse but over time it becomes exhausting to give your child the “talk” about what is normal when this kind of behavior is steadily creeping its way up as the normative standard. It lends itself to confusion I think. Telling your kids its not “normal” when our society had spoken otherwise. This is where I think Rashida’s comment “stop acting like whores” plays in. The words may be harsh but the underlying message is for everyone to take responsibility for their actions and think about what kind of example they are setting and how it will effect society and ultimately decide if that’s is the legacy they want….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=80900728 Ariel Rose

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378080216 Kathryn Lentini

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=638536583 Chris Parry

      Boobs in your avatar. Nuff said.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000156448182 Tiana Phillips

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

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663371578 Kristina Ward

        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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751224220 Melissa Ramirez

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

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594915294 Marlys Domínguez

        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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378080216 Kathryn Lentini

    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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124461303 Jessica Hambrick

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000156448182 Tiana Phillips

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751224220 Melissa Ramirez

      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.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514463848 Angie Boyce

        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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=765800991 Milena Skalicky

    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).

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