On the Weinstein allegations

I have been back and forward on whether I should write anything for a week now. Every time I open up a browser, there’s another woman coming out about his appalling behaviour and I’ve lost count of everyone affected. Plus it’s become a net pull of other names including Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone, Jason Momoa and Jeffrey Katzenberg who have been accused of enabling of this shit. And don’t even get me started on that Mayim Bialik op-ed. It’s falling down like a house of cards.

In a circular way, I don’t want to give him anymore press and I don’t want to make this about him anymore, plus I don’t know that I can add anything that hasn’t already been said: the entire situation is forked. But at the very least, people are starting to speak up about this and stand together in solidarity

So I’ll let super-smart lady Emma Thompson do the talking for me, she truly takes no shit and it’s so great.

If you want to see where the allegations currently stand, Vulture has a comprehensive (and depressing) list to trawl through.

 

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Jake Gyllenhaal for Calvin Klein Eternity

Calvin Klein Brooke Shields

A little while ago, my friend asked me to do the garment district tour with her in NYC. It was a fun little walk, with a very, very old guide who tried to impress upon us how much he knew about the industry. I don’t know if he did or not to be honest. We stood in a lot of building lobbies where he would lightly mention that he wasn’t welcome there anymore. At one point we stood in front of a giant billboard and the guide said that this was where Calvin Klein made his mark. According to him, no-one knew who Calvin Klein was at the time, so he put all his money into this giant billboard with a topless Brooke Shields wearing only a pair of jeans and that’s how he made himself really well known. I have to mention again that the guide was super old and possibly rolling Kate Moss and Brooke Shields into one singularity (Brooke is definitely not topless in the ad), but the point remains that Calvin made his mark by positioning the brand as more overtly sexual.

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Jennifer Garner ..  crying over Hamilton?

See look, I can’t judge her over this because frankly I have wept many tears over It’s Quiet Uptown (that song packs a punch no matter who covers it). Jennifer Garner always goes out of her way to make herself seem relatable (even when she’s an international spy). She has perfected the good girl brand to a T, but it’s still polished good girl, the Kate Middleton for middle America. Is this working for you? Are you TeamJenG?

Angelina and the kids on a movie date


So I almost never talk about Ange and Brad’s kids, because while I honestly think it might be fun to permanently live in a United Colors of Benetton mansion, I’m not entirely sure that outweighs being chased by adult photographers down the street whenever they want to buy a comic book. As a personal choice, I’m not keen to be a part of that.

That being said, Ange is promoting her new movie First They Killed My Father and brought the kids all out to the premiere and I guess thousands of photographers are fine now? It seems like a very deliberate choice to march them all out now in the middle of a divorce play, I mean when has she ever done that but with the exception of the wedding photos for People Magazine? The timing is suspicious. 

Poor Vivienne, she really doesn’t want to be there. 

Emilia Clarke adorably gives advice to herself

Say what you will about the writing on Game of Thrones (ahem) but there’s no acting missteps on that show. Everyone on there has been pulling out the stops for seven years, from bit players to headliners.

So it always catches me off guard when I see Emilia Clarke and she’s not in Dany-mode.

Emilia Clarke is adorable. That’s not to say Dany isn’t adorable, but she might send her dragons after you if you said that to her face. She’s so cheerful and honest that I want to sit down and have a diet coke with her. Plus look at those eyebrows. Those eyebrows. Never let anyone touch those eyebrows Emilia!

If you can’t get enough of her, she (and Jon Snow) are also the new ambassadors for Dolce and Gabbana (in which I’m not sure they’re the right brand fit, but what do I know?). In Kit’s version, he looks slightly embarrassed at having to do this, but Emilia looks like she’s having a blast.

 

The Joss Whedon backlash begins

Joss Wheon Kai Cole

There’s going to be one big old ramble coming right up.

Earlier today, Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole wrote an article for the Wrap documenting his propensity for affairs during their 16 year marriage and his feminist ‘hypocrisy’. You can read the entire thing here.

I have been watching a slowburn Joss Whedon backlash happen for years, and then all of a sudden I see it explode with this article. If Kai Cole was intending to burn his reputation down at a super-stressful time (he’s taken over Zach Snyder for Justice League), well she did her job.

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