7 Comedians Who Have (Hilariously) Debunked Beauty Standards
For many women – who succumb to societal pressure to be hairless, sleek and Spanxified – getting ready is not so easy … or sexy. In "The Sexy Getting Ready Song" from her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Bloom takes viewers behind the scenes of the highly unglamorous means by which a woman must "get ready” for a night out. (Conclusion: Sexy takes work and the patriarchy is a prison.)
The Inside Amy Schumer creator and actress mocked the music industry's tendency to sing songs about how you're beautiful just the way you are – as long as you are conventionally beautiful. As her music video, "Girl You Don't Need Make-Up," which spoofs One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," progresses, it becomes less about not wearing make-up and more about fitting a certain beauty standard. "Hold up, girl / We spoke too soon / With this whole no-makeup tune … You'll be the hottest girl in the nation / With just a touch of foundation."
Fey is not ashamed of her body … or the fact that she wears Spanx. Get it, girl. The actress gave David Letterman a memorable Late Night send-off by flaunting her shapeware, revealing to the world that wearing a fancy dress "is very hard work … the contraptions under here are almost medical."
The Girls comedian is funny … but dead serious about the industry parasite that is photoshopping. The actress, 29, said she's "done with allowing images that retouch and reconfigure my face and body to be released into the world." She wrote for her newsletter, Lenny Letter, of seeing her photoshopped body on a magazine cover: "Maybe it was the feeling of barely recognizing myself and then being told it was 100 percent me but knowing it probably wasn't and studying the picture closely for clues. Maybe it was realizing that was an image I had at some point seen, approved and most likely loved. Maybe it was the fact that I no longer understand what my own thighs look like. But I knew that I was done."a
On Twitter, Peretti called entertainment industry standards "a lil mentally ill at worst and boring at best – lots of diff kinds of beauty." Of being a stand-up comedian, Peretti refuses to stay silent about the unique challenges facing women on the stage: "People ask me all the time what it's like to be a female comedian. And I tell them, 'I'd be telling a joke. And then I have a pussy. And then I tell a really good joke and the audience loves it. And I still have a pussy! And then I tell a bad one and the audience doesn't like it. And guess what? I still have the same set of genitals.'"
"I know some of those women in those magazines who get called perfect or whose butt is supposedly better, and often they don't even look like that in person," The Boss actress said. "What people pass off as 'normal,' I just have to keep in my head that it's bull––––." On the red carpet, she told Refinery 29, "I think every time I take a baby step, someone says, "We've done incredible polling with plus-size women, and they actually love the convenience of going upstairs in their own department.' And I'm like, 'Really? They like being segregated? … Do they want to be by the tires or do they want to shop with their friends?'"
After Seth Rogen introduced the actress in a sexist and unfunny way at James Franco's Comedy Central Roast – "Our next roaster was No. 29 on Maxim's 'Hot 100' … in the year 2007" – Silverman kept her comeback jab simple: "Oh my gosh I'm embarrassed. I just found out I'm a woman AND I'm 42. I am so sorry."
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