October 18th, 2009

Debbie Schlussel just wants to be offended.

There's just something about the abject foolishness in this Tinker Bell complaint from Debbie Schlussel that irks me. It has irked me enough to even write a post here on LiveJournal. (All the peeps who have me on their LJ friends lists know how hard it is to get me to post something here.)

The stupidity gets a running start with the very first sentence:

Either Disney is trying to appease “modest” Muslims or they’ve gone the way of the rest of Hollywood and are trying to make their feminine characters more masculine.

Somehow, she has it in her head that Hollywood is making its female characters more male. I really want to see what is leading her to this bizarre conclusion. The very manly shorty-short jeans worn by Megan Fox in Transformers II? Miley Cyrus playing dress-up as Miss Rock Star Hanna Montana? Did the Gossip Girls start wearing Camo? Was there less cleavage on MTV this summer? Hollywood must be sending different movies to her town.

And maybe the Evil Radical Muslims have her in their misinformation campaign as well, unless she thinks a hat and a short skirt is an acceptable substitute for a hijab and a burka.

But you know what, she has not watched Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. I'm pretty sure Disney does not send her screener DVDs. She is in a snit about one picture of the character -- it's not even a shot from the movie. Amazon.com has several stills posted from the movie posted on its product page. There are five pictures of Tinker Bell available on Amazon, four of which where you can see her outfit. Only one of those four show Tink in her Robin Hood adventurer outfit. It's less of a redesign than of a woman getting dressed up in mission appropriate clothes. Maybe Tink wears the outfit for a significant portion of the film, but unless Schlussel can go on an archeology mission in a cocktail dress, she has no standing to complain.

And it's a funny argument Debbie Schlussel has made: a woman with more than one outfit is unfeminine.

Oh How Wrong I Was: Or How Did They Pass Her Over for A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips?

Well, I guess I am wrong. Debbie Schlussel is a movie critic. And low and behold the rating system she has devised. Since thumbs are trademarked by Siskel and Ebert, and every old hack uses stars she set out to find something befitting her unique perspective as a critic. And she presents, Reagans and Marxes. I kid you not! A movie can range from four Ronald Reagans (equivalent to four or five stars or two thumbs up) to "four [Karl] Marxes and a [Yasser] Arafat" (equivalent to perhaps having to pull in a third critic as to give a movie three thumbs down, or maybe awarding the film negative stars). (But then again, that film was like "seeing Mein Kampf on video". With this and with Disney turning girls into butch porn-star Muslims, Hollywood must really hate the America!)