GQ's Sexiest Women List: Racist Or Just Stupid?
Hey, GQ, let’s sit down for a second. Let’s talk about your latest issue, the one that ranks women in terms of sexiness – which, let’s be real, is mostly based who has the best Photoshopped magazine covers and who has the best publicist. I’m not even going to get started on how insulting and stupid it is to take a woman as gorgeous as Beyoncé, your cover girl for this month, and Photoshop her into a completely different person.
Let’s get to the part where you make it clear that certain women of certain ethnicities should be singled out, by doing this:
“Hottest Indian Chick”: Freida Pinto
“Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan”: M.I.A.
“Hottest Italian Chick”: Monica Belluci
“Hottest Chinese Chick”: Zhang Ziyi/Ziyi Zhang
Okay wait, actually, “Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan” is pretty funny. And I get that you were being overly specific as a joke (like how you listed “Hottest Blue Chicks”: Mystique and Smurfette) but oh man, you guys really messed up by making it clear that apparently Freida Pinto and Zhang Ziyi are sexy…for an Indian woman and a Chinese woman. Yes, that’s not what you said, but you didn’t have to. Nowhere on your list do you specify “Hottest White Woman” because that’s just super silly, right? And you have Halle Berry and Beyoncé on your list – why aren’t they “Hottest Biracial Woman” or “Hottest Black Woman”? Because that’s both insane and insensitive. Because you can imagine the fury over that. But who’s going to raise a fuss over “Hottest Chinese Chick”, right, GQ? And if you’re really going to go full throttle on this one, where’s “Hottest Jewish Chick”? This is just laziness. Go for some consistency!
And really, you guys (and by guys I don’t mean just men, I am aware that women also work for GQ), this list reads like something a bunch of middle school boys put together at recess and then stuffed in their trapper keeper inside their JanSport backpack before anyone saw it.
I really want to see an issue of GQ featuring the staff. Something like:
“Hottest Editor Who Thought This Was A Good Idea”
“Hottest Staff Writer Who Contributed To This Mess”
“Hottest Intern Who Should Really Be Paid”
Honestly, I can’t decide if what you did was offensive or just ridiculous, or somewhere in between. What does everyone else think?