Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Schlubby Everydude"

I can't tell you how many times I've bitched about ugly/fat/nerdy/etc male protagonists cast opposite beautiful/thin/perfect non-interesting female caricatures. I've also cried foul quite often over ONE female character being cast amongst 20gazillion male characters and then the movie getting a pat on the back for progressiveness. I'm not asking Hollywood for unrealistic minority plugging (we've got enough tokens, it's time to move on) like, say, casting half of a boys' school movie with girls just to be fair, but there's no reason not to make ALL the characters interesting, male or female. A cardboard cut-out of a character is no fun, especially when they are turned into a 15 year old's wet dream.

Also, Hollywood, be ever so kind as to not make the female characters "better" by giving them masculine qualities because that's what makes them "cool." Characters; no matter their gender, race, age, etc; are interesting because they have strengths, weaknesses, goals, fears, and secrets - just like real people - NOT because they have a few masculine qualities haphazardly assigned to them for plot convenience.

I'm not the only one to feel this way: check this out!

And please, for the love of all that is bedecked with Everest-like boobs and rock-hard abs, do not subject the Heroine to the ugly doofus "Hero!" What the fuck? If the woman be gorgeous let the man be gorgeous too! It's only fair!

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