Why do men hate Sarah Jessica Parker?
Trends change, government rise and fall, but being rude to American actress Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) never seems to go out of fashion.
Voted the Ugliest Woman Alive by readers of Maxim in 2007, she was called a “dog” by Fox News anchor Oliver Tull this week.
The remark came after Tull showed viewers the now infamous clip of Fox presenter Gretchen Carlson abandoning co-host Brian Kilmeade live on air after he made a sexist comment.
Viewers have frequently complained about Kilmeade, who on the show ‘Fox and Friends’ said to Carlson: “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.”
Carlson walked off, telling Kilmeade: “Go on, you read the news if men are so great. Go ahead. Take them away.”
Alone on set, Kilmeade told a stunned audience and camera crew: “She’s gone. She needed a shower”.
Fast forward a few days and Tull decided to reinforce Fox’s allegiance to the good ship sexism. He played the clip of Carlson and Kilmeade before introducing the next segment, about pro-Obama dog clothing with the words: “Is a dog campaigning for Obama? No, not Sarah Jessica Parker.”
This comment has attracted considerably less publicity, presumably because SJP’s unattractiveness is a fact on which all sane men can agree?
Everyone is entitled to their subjective opinion but why does she attract such widespread loathing?
Is it because these men think all women in print or on screen exist purely for their arousal?
As the star of the long-running TV series, Sex and the City, SJP is still closely associated with an explicit and confrontational form of female sexuality. I’m not saying the show was a feminist trailblazer, but it was a rare slice of pop culture in which male sexuality didn’t call the shots.
Sex on our screens means one thing for too many men: erotically compliant 20-somethings, arranged for their pleasure. Anything else and they get confused, irritated and critical.
So although SJP is clearly an attractive woman, whose success isn’t built on pandering to male desire, she is seen as fair game for the most vitriolic kind of abuse.
I’ll leave you with a few comments from some outraged onlookers, shocked at the audacity of a sex icon who doesn’t have them reaching for the Kleenex:
“Sarah Jessica Parker – the fashion icon whose message is “ugly girls can be pretty, too.”
“How the hell did this Barbaro-faced broad manage to be the least sexy woman in a group of very unsexy women and still star on a show with ’sex’ in the title?”
“There’s nothing wrong with Sarah Jessica Parker that couldn’t be cured by wart-removal surgery.”
Now, that’s what I call ugly.