Rashida Jones has been on a rant against today's over-exposed pop stars, and she's not taking a word of it back. The Parks and Recreation star slammed stars like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj in an essay for Glamour, and gave a special moniker to the year which saw their collective fame skyrocket.
"If 1994 was the Year of O.J.'s White Bronco, 2013 was the Year of the Very Visible Vagina," the 37-year-old actress wrote, criticizing "the Miley Cyrus cross-continental twerk-athon and Nick Minaj's Halloween pasties. With the addition of Rihanna writhing on a pole in her 'Pour it Up' video and Lady Gaga's butt-crack cover art or the song that goes 'Do what you want with my body,' I was just done. I'd had enough."
"Let me say up front: I am not a prude. I love sex; I am comfortable with my sexuality," Jones continued, but protested that "every star interprets 'sexy' the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly…boring. Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound of some pop star's privates?"
Jones, who has been slammed for her judgmental attitude, claims, "The fact that I was accused of 'slut-shaming,' being anti-woman, and judging women's sex lives crushed me."
"I consider myself a feminist," Jones wrote. "But I will look at women with influence — millionaire women who use their 'sexiness' to make money — and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between 'shaming' and 'holding someone accountable.'"
She concludes, "Women, let's at least try to discuss the larger implications on pop culture without shaming each other." And finally, "Pop stars: Please stop saying you don't want to be role models. Because, guess what. You are."
Ouch! Hopefully Jones won't run into any of the ladies she name-checks in a dark alley anytime soon.
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