SHOULD ACTORS HAVE AN OPINION? : BLOSSOM HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

Mayim Bailik aka Blossom has decided to give her opinion on the Disney film Frozen. Before I go into what the actree had to say, let me give you some background on the artist formally known ans Blossom. Mayim has a Ph.D and she is a neuroscience professor when she is not on the set. The lady is no dummy. So when she decided to give her harsh opinion on the Disney film Frozen, everyone suddenly thinks Mayim is a loud mouth dummy.

 

Here is what Mayim had to say about Frozen………on Kveller.com

Oh my gosh. I know, I’m about to lose more fans than when I declared myself a proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge.

Well, I have to speak the truth: My sons and I did not like “Frozen.”

When we first saw it, I thought it was just me who didn’t like it and I had to stop myself from audibly exclaiming, “What!?” when things did not make sense and I rolled my eyes a LOT and felt bad that they might be enjoying it and here I was, Scrooge-ing away. But then the truth came out. They didn’t like it. Phew. Dodged that bullet.

How did this come about? My best friend had “Frozen” on DVD and on a particularly bad parenting day that she witnessed (i.e. I may have told her I thought I was going to burn a fuse in my brain or have an aneurysm just trying to make it through the upcoming 24 hours), she urged me to just give myself a break and put on “Frozen” for my boys. So we watched it.

In true Mayim/Scrooge fashion, here are the things I disliked about “Frozen.” I should note that I don’t care for musicals really at all, so that was one strike against this movie in the first place, but I will leave the explanation of my disdain for musicals for another post.

Music aside, here are my three main issues:

1. Plot/Feminism?

Sure, it’s sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated. The sister’s desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her–we still have a plot about the identification of a woman being based on her desire and search to meet a man.

Of course, in general, in the Universe, heterosexual women tend to want to meet men and I am one of those women. My issue is not that. My issue is that this is a movie geared to small children who I don’t think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie, especially when it’s not a literary or historically-based fairy tale. And these characters are young; certainly not old enough in my socially conservative opinion to be searching for mates!

I’ve had just enough already with this finding a man business in most every kids’ movie. Disney classics were all about this and look where it’s gotten us! Naked billboards of singers and women still not paid equal pay for equal work and ridiculous standards of beauty and body image and campaigns such as “Why I Don’t Need Feminism” and tons of other things proving we still have a ways to go.

Am I taking this all too seriously? Of course I am! That’s because I’m me!

2. Denoument/Male Bashing?

Denoument is French for the unfolding of a story–the final unraveling, as it were. What happens in “Frozen”? The Prince/hero turns out to be a scheming villain. He pretended to love her and then he double crosses her and she gets the lesson taught to her not to trust those nasty scheming conniving men. Because you know, men can’t be trusted? Meh.

I know, you’re confused by me. Yeah, take a number. First I claim to be a feminist and now I claim to be against male-bashing. That’s because feminism doesn’t equal male-bashing. And this movie isn’t empowering because it shows that a Prince is a jerk and should not have been trusted. That’s weird too. It’s just confusing.

All of the talk I’ve heard about “Frozen” revolves around how it goes against all the stereotypes of princess movies. And in some ways it does; it shows one sister trying to convince the other sister not to trust this guy she just met. Then the guy turns out to be a villain and the sisters need to rely on each other, using their love to transform and save them ultimately. It’s a lovely notion, but it was just not executed well at all in my opinion.

3. Women as Dolls?

OK, my biggest problem with this movie was the way the female characters are drawn and animated. The male characters look like cartoon men. They have some exaggerated features, sure. But by and large, they look like they have the proportions of human beings.

Not so with our lead ladies. They have ginormous eyes. Like really ridiculously big. Teeny-tiny ski slope noses. Exaggerated delicate ski sloppiness, actually. Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls. They don’t look like the same species as the male characters even! What’s up with that?! My sons thought the females looked likeBRATZ dolls, truth be told. I kind of agree.

My loquacious almost 9-year-old Firstborn liked the snowman character, but that was about it. Little Man also liked the snowman and I think he enjoyed it at age 6 since I would argue that at age 6 kids don’t really get what’s going on; it’s all about the entertainment value of pretty shapes and colors moving on a screen that is hypnotizing.

I know everybody loved “Frozen” and that I am going to get so much hate for this. But I’m just keeping it real, yo. Or trying.

Obviously Mayim has a lot to say, but I do not think she should be penalized for having an opinion. Just because she is an actress that doesn’t mean she is not human. Mayim is a mom, actress, professor and role model to many. So give her a break already. Today on The View Rosie O’donell stated that she had a major problem with what Mayim had to say. I hope they invite Mayim to the set so they can duke it out, in a respectable manner of course.

AND THEY ARE BACK: WENDY EATS CROW, THE REAL GETS REAL AND THE VIEW GET A FACELIFT

Wendy Williams returned to her morning spot yesterday to dish on the latest hot topics and she also made good on eating the crow. Remember Wendy said she would eat crow, if Kim Kardashian and Kanye West stayed married for 73 days. Well Wendy’s big mouth really got her in trouble this time. The gossip queen had a chef prepare her some crow and she ate it in front of her live studio audience. Well Wendy next time you need to be quiet and you wont have to put things in your mouth.

The Real also returned for a whole season. The show premiered back in the summer and was green lit for a full season. The ladies of The Real are all so different, but they gel in a good way. On their premiere episode they had the sexy rapper The Game on the couch, the ladies feel that he is their good luck charm. Being that he was on the first episode of their summer test run. These ladies did not disappoint with their premiere episode. Lots of style, Lots of attitude, Lots of realness. Bravo Ladies!

All of the shuffling around at The View headquarters was well worth it. The View returned and received many views, their rating were the highest they have been in 8 years. The ladies started the show by kissing the wrinkle hand of Barbra Walters. It was cute and something I didn’t expect Barbra to partake in. The ladies then introduced themselves and the party began. The best part of the show was the Joan Rivers Tribute. Rosie O’Donnell was brought to tears and for a moment you felt like Joan Rivers was watching. The first day went out with a bang, but  the show now has competition from the new copy cat show The Real. Younger host and younger points of view. How long can the ladies of The View stay in the lead?

 

THEY ARE STILL CASTING: AALIYAH BIOPIC GRABS ELISE NEAL

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The Aaliyah Biopic is still in production. I know what you are thinking. Shouldn’t they be finished already? Well I am assuming the movie without the music and other restrictions is making the movie a little dry. So they have cast Elise Neal to play Gladys Knight. Gladys Knight? Well apparently Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson married Gladys  back in the 70’s. The married did not last, but the word is that Galdys having ties to Aaliyah helped her career out. I don’t know, to me that is a major stretch. All of these years I never heard the words Gladys Knight and Aaliyah in the same sentence until now. I guess they are running out of ideas.  Seems like this story is going to be all over the place.

Do you think they needed to mention Gladys in this film?

 

I DESERVE A DENTIST: MOMMA DEE’S TOOTH FALLS OUT WHILE ON STAGE

The Love and Hip Hop Atlanta reality star Momma Dee has decided to take a stab at being a singer. But while on stage at her single release party for her song I Deserve, the poor ladies tooth fell out. The remix to her song should now be I Deserve A Dentist, and in that order. Just like any diva would do, Momma Dee pulled it together and kept the show going.

Please fast forward to the 7:20 mark.

REMEMBERING JOAN RIVERS: SUCH A F-ING LADY.

Funny lady Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81. The say it like you mean it comic created amazing comedic experience for anyone who came in contact with her. In addition to her outstanding and longstanding comedic career, Joan had the need to give back.

Here are few charities Joan gave her time and money to……

MOVING ON: THE HEAD OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AT BET STEPS DOWN

Loretha Jones has held her position as the Head of Original Programming at BET for 6 years. She has since decided to step down and remain a creative consultant for the network. Thanks to Mrs. Jones BET gained a new and larger fan base. Jones was behind the return of The Game,and green-lit the networks scripted series Being Mary Jane and Book if Negroes.

Jones has many TV notches under her belt. She was the vice president for MTV Films/Paramount. Jones also produced The Five Heart Beats, Carmen: A Hip Hopera , Martin Lawrence Live RunTelDat, Fighting Temptation, and executive produced The Parent Hood. Loretha Jones has definitely contributed lots to the TV/film industry. All of her production were apart of my childhood and still continue to inflluence my life. Thank you Mrs. Jones.