Mila Kunis on Ellen

February 17, 2013

While I was sitting in an empty hospital room, waiting for my husband’s return from his surgery – I turned on the TV and I stumbled upon Ellen.

I have to say, that although I don’t really watch the show (don’t watch much TV at all), I do really like Ellen and what she does – yes, very similar to Oprah.
What I like about these women is that they spread a message of happy and that’s not a bad thing. We need more of it.

What makes Ellen different, of course, is that she is who she is and dresses comfortably – leaning towards a more masculine look – which I love.

Her female guests, however, are different. In the past, I’ve seen many (not all) come out wearing the ‘uniform’ – cascading locks of hair, over made-up faces, skimpy, barely-there outfits, very high platform shoes etc etc.

On this particular day, Mila Kunis was the announced guest and I watched with interest.

1. Mila came out looking stylish – pants and a white top. Nice.

2. Ellen’s first words to her are: “You look fantastic” and launches straight into the fact she must feel pressure now that Esquire has named her the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ – pulling out the magazine which dons the following cover image of Mila:

Esquire-Cover-edited

After a bit of banter, Ellen says that there must have been a lot of pressure to pose for the cover of the sexiest woman alive.

Mila’s response was gobsmacking: She said,

“The only reason I did it, was so that when I’m 80, sitting in my little chair, I can say – SEE, Grandma was really hot one day!”

Ellen responded with, “That’s why you did it?”

A pocket of women in the audience started to yahoo and cheer – of course – and with that validation Mila continued, saying that she was sure her grandmother was a “sexy little thing, but there was no photographic proof.” (???)

She holds up her cover and says, “Look grandkids – PROOF!”

Dear me.

Ellen then guides the talk towards her outfits in everyday life saying she appears to be down to earth and doesn’t seem to ‘worry about what she looks like when she goes out’ (?????) and a whole minute dedicated to her use of cargo pants.

After tediously trying to get Mila to admit she’s dating Ashton Kutcher – the topic FINALLY turned towards her craft – the movie she’s in.
However, in the 8 minute interview – the discussion of her movie lasted 30 seconds.

I have to say, it was disappointing – again – to see how this interview fixated on and perpetuated society’s (women’s) obsession with the physicality of women such as Mila, and how we applaud and revere them.

More disturbing, however, is how Mila herself – a young and beautiful girl – needs to find validation through men voting her the sexiest woman alive, hyper-sexualising herself and slapping it on a cover for all to see…

…including her future grandchildren, no less – topless and with a provocative finger over her lips.

What hope do our daughters have with self-esteem and empowerment, when women’s looks are the only topic of interest?

Question #144: How can what girls do with their minds be in the forefront of discovering who they are, when noone cares enough to represent it?

 Remember: “You can’t be what you can’t see”

We’re certainly seeing a lot of young, hyper-sexualised women like Mila, which does nothing for the sisterhood and the true empowerment of our girls.

Deep Breath.

x

PS Hubby’s operation lasted four hours and had five surgeons. It seems to have gone well.

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5 Responses to “Mila Kunis on Ellen”

  1. ada said

    Imaging them coming on to talk about something that they do not want to sell?

    As people become more TV savvy (catch up people) talk show hosts pretend they aren’t on to talk about a movie so they go to lengths to AVOID the subject they are on – what else to talk about then? Oww i know!

    “Allen” as I call here is a bit cringe worthy as she is always checking out her female guests – at least with an act like Craig Ferguson he plays to the stereotype, where as with Ellen it is all “look at youuuuuuuuu”

    Imagine being in a relationship with the sexiest woman n the world……. I know Ellen can

    • questionsforwomen said

      I’m not sure if Ellen was acting any differently towards her due to her sexuality – BUT – she most certainly skirted the real topic of discussion (being the movie) and we were hit with a plethora of other topics, including when Mila came down to Australia. That was what Ellen interrupted her chat about the movie with – Australia – and then a few other mindless bits of chatter.
      Thanks Ads. 🙂

  2. There’s a website/facebook group called Beauty Redefined that’s targeting this sort of behaviour, it’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it’s trying to propagate the image that we are worth more than our looks. It’s not just this sort of talk show, it’s every time that a woman appears on TV to do an interview. Classic example in recent years – the last Avengers film, Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson were both asked very different questions about their characters: his referring to development of the character, and then hers about any special diet she did, or if she wore underwear. Women are trivialised in the media, reduced to little more than bodies.

    • questionsforwomen said

      Yes! I follow them on FB 🙂
      They’re great in that they’re another group leading this necessary conversation.
      Thanks for your comment 🙂 x

    • questionsforwomen said

      PS I saw that Scarlett interview. That sort of questioning and behaviour is so sadly entrenched. *sigh*

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