Olivia Munn is taking on the fashion police.
The actress has posted an essay in which she takes the Go Fug Yourself blog — which rates celebrity fashion, some of which is deemed “f*****g ugly,” or “fugly” — to task for what she called “ugly behaviors” and “blatant hypocrisy.”
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Munn herself has been featured on the blog run by writers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Last week, they weighed in on the striped Peter Pilotto suit she wore to a gala for the Asian non-profit Apex For Youth, commenting, “This is just kinda like she got roped into making a sequel to American Hustle that ended up going straight to on-demand. Things could be worse.”
And on April 9, Morgan posted that the frilly Schiaparelli dress Munn wore in Cannes, France made her look like she was “peeing a wedding veil.”
While the X-Men: Apocalypse star noted in her post that while celebrities often get picked apart and it’s futile to try fighting it, she accused The Fug Girls (as Cocks and Morgan are known) of contributing to the “perpetual minimization of women and [propagating] the idea that our worth is predominately (or singularly) tied to our looks.”
“Their blatant hypocrisy is nauseating,” she added, saying the blog targets women more than men. “They claim to employ some sort of subjective barometer for goodness and beauty even though what they do and write is neither good nor beautiful.
“Blogs like theirs have been around for a while, with their snarkiness and hypocrisy on full display,” she continued. “And we’ve accepted it because as women we’ve been conditioned to believe that being publicly chastised for our weight, our looks or our choice in clothing is an acceptable part of our existence. We’ve been conditioned as women to feel that we must look and dress a certain way to be accepted. If there’s anything we’ve been able to glean from the past two years, it’s that girls and women have been emotionally and physically targeted and abused for years yet have remained silent because collectively we all believed that our voices, our pain, our existence only mattered with conditions attached.”
She went on to accuse The Fug Girls of participating in the “suppression of women” while alluding to the #TimesUp movement.
“Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you’re not part of the problem,” she wrote. “The world woke up in 2017 but you stayed sleeping.”
She also wrote that “people shouldn’t get away with spewing whatever vitriol they want just by betting on the antiquated notion that the people they target won’t say anything.”
Celebrities have rallied around Munn’s statement, which fetched likes from Ariel Winter and Mahershala Ali, while Thomas Sadoski commented, “That’s my homegirl right there. F**k yes.”
“Love this so much,” a fan wrote. “Women should be building each other up! And for the record your style is always on point, so clearly they have bad taste anyway.”
“Don't even know why those fugly ladies have the right to judge others,” read another comment, which Munn responded to with a 100 percent emoji. “Instead of trashing your choice of wardrobe they should write about Apex.”
But some defended the blog and said Munn was misrepresenting it as “antifeminist.”
“I don't think your assessment is fair,” a commenter wrote. “Their blog is never about women's bodies or looks. It's about fashion choices. It's inclusive in every way possible while never pandering. There are few places on the internet I can go where I know I'm going to see something fun and lighthearted, usually with great and hilarious writing. They do an incredible amount of work to keep the comments constructive and never mean. I would not want my clothes criticized. I understand that being a famous person whose fame depends partly on being photographed doesn't mean you don't have feelings, and clearly yours were hurt. But part of your job is to wear clothes and be photographed. Critiquing those choices is not antifeminist when it's a recognition that you are using the tools available to you to send certain messages. TL;DR I think you're attack is grossly misplaced.”
This appears to be the week celebrities with enormous social media followings punch down and single out their critics for harassment. Let's not be coy. Olivia Munn knows exactly what kind of week the @FugGirls are going to have thanks to this. This is irresponsible.— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) April 25, 2019
❤️ you, J+H https://t.co/44szBT1PFP
this is an unfortunate misunderstanding of @fuggirls, a fashion blog that has been absolutely painstaking in their care about not bodyshaming, and it suggests Munn has read very little of their work https://t.co/fSkh7hnEin— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) April 25, 2019
I'm so done with celebrities whining about VALID CRITICISM. The @fuggirls do NOT criticize women's bodies or their actual appearance, they analyze fashion in a valid and educated way. Why do I have to be alive for this boring ass whiney celeb era!!! What a waste! https://t.co/dBsUfz952A— Molly Mulshine (@mollymulshine) April 25, 2019
The celebrities are OUT OF CONTROL this week! As it happens @fuggirls are very lovely people and following in a long line of tradition going back beyond “bloggers.” Why not pick on US Weekly? Or E! red carpet recaps? https://t.co/om0v95oP1v— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) April 25, 2019
The Fug Girls have not yet commented on Munn’s post.
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