Theory: Olivia Munn is the internet’s Helen of Troy.
Like Helen, who was part-god, part-mortal, Olivia is mixed race!
Like Helen, Olivia’s beauty is renowned!
Like Helen, Olivia starts wars! (Of the blogging variety, which is maybe not as sexy as the hairy, sweaty, leather-clad, gladiator-besandaled and totally homoerotic variety, but still.)
To recap, sorta in order: First, following Olivia’s Daily Show debut, Jezebel questioned her geek cred. A few weeks after that, Olivia became the launching point–like Helen for those thousand ships of yore–for another Jezebel post called “The Daily Show‘s Woman Problem,” about the dearth of women in creative roles on The Daily Show, and in television comedy in general. Then Slate jumped in by accusing Jezebel of “petty jealousy, cleverly marketed as feminism.” Then The Gorgeous Ladies of The Daily Show got into the ring, defending their employer and the womyniness–yes, that’s a word and, if you Google it, apparently I didn’t make it up–of their work environment. Then The Awl responded to Slate by saying “I’m not Just Jealous” but there was in fact a Woman Problem at The Daily Show, all disarmingly punctuated by parentheses and exclamation marks. Then, then, then…pretty much everyone and their Argos–aka Odysseus’s dog–got into the mix, and by everyone, I mostly mean The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets that typically don’t devote word counts to internet beefs. All this over Olivia, a gal who doesn’t even consider herself a feminist!
Whatever you think of Olivia Munn–we’ve long considered ourselves fans—you have to admit, the lady has a way of getting under people’s skin (and obviously not just that of the typical G4 male viewer, ages 13-34). Put it this way: when’s the last time that someone who’s been on the covers of Maxim and Playboy and been the object of so many teenage wanker fantasies also managed to ignite so much public conversation about feminism and sexism and woman problems?
How we gonna hate her for that?
Filed under: Attack of the Show, Blog Wars, Feminism, G4, Helen of Troy, Jon Stewart, Olivia Munn, Olivia Munn Jezebel, Olivia Munn Playboy, Olivia Munn The Daily Show, Sexism, The Daily Show's Woman Problem, The Dearth of Women in Comedy, Woman Problems, Women In Comedy
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