Katey Rich's Rebut To The Shailene Woodley Satire Posted Here On ComicBookMovie.com
An "Editorial" posted on ComicBookMovie.com supposedly meant as a "satire" has provoked Cinema Blend's Katey Rich to stand up and answer the fanboys regarding their expectations over the new Mary Jane Watson.
Today an "Editorial" meant as a "satire" was posted on ComicBookMovie.com, it's titled EDITORIAL: Making Shailene Woodley Hot Enough To Play MJ In TASM 2, written by Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy.
Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.
"Ideally with the intent of shaming individuals"
The editorial posted by Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy here on ComicBookMovie.com can't be seen as a satire. All it does is fan the flames of misogynists and juevenile morons. Like someone who wears blackface says they're only trying to be funny. Or someone who wears a Nazi outfit to a Halloween party. They think it's funny because inside there's a piece of them that's racist or homophobic or misogynistic and they're blind to it. When someone posts something like what Mark "RorMachine" posted, it's not about been satirical. It's about showing off who they really are.
Katey Rich via CinemaBlend has posted her rebuttal, here's an excerpt:
Yesterday we posted the first on-set images of Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, currently in production in New York. Because they were pictures of an actress walking from place to place on the set, not in costume, the notable difference was seeing her hair tinted to Mary Jane's signature red. Honestly, the photos weren't that interesting. Until the comments started.
"Omg she looks horrible I hope they can do something with that face of hers." "Mary Jane is supposed to be hot." "Looks horrible as a redhead." The comments on our site weren't actually as bad as they were elsewhere on the Internet, and not half as bad as the so-called satire posted at Comic Book Movie, with instructions on how to make Woodley hot enough to play "every nerd's wet dream." The "satire" was so close to the real thing that most of their commenters didn't get the difference, and reading it makes your skin crawl because you just know that's exactly how a strong handful of fanboys feel, no irony intended.
You guys. This is what Shailene Woodley looks like:
You know why she doesn't look like the character from the comics, with an exaggerated waist and enormous breasts? Because she's a fucking human being, with a bone structure and muscles and fat and all the things that allow her to move about in the world, not just to sit down and pose like a sex fantasy. The Amazing Spider-Man made a concerted effort toward making Peter Parker's world realer, making the flirtation between him and Gwen Stacy feel more authentic and even the costumes more realistic. Shailene Woodley, who showed amazing naturalism in The Descendants as well as her acclaimed Sundance film The Spectacular Now, ought to fit into that perfectly. To criticize her natural looks is to miss the entire aesthetic of the franchise as Marc Webb has re-imagined it.
Read the full editorial here.
I think it goes without saying that most of the ComicBookMovie.com community was disgusted by this failed attempt of a "satire" perpetrated by Mark Cassidy, and in the name of those that feel ashamed by what was posted here on ComicBookMovie.com, I'd like to apologise.
We are sorry, Shailene Woodley. We are sorry, comic book fangirls. We are sorry, women that came across Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy's "satire". He doesn't speak for all of us.
We are not all mysoginistic pigs. And in the light of the recent The Amazing Spider-Man 2 announcements, I couldn't be more excited to watch Shailene Woodley start her journey to bring Mary Jane Watson to life.
In “The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2,” for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.
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