Images from Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs’ GQ photo shoot have been on every website everywhere today. Even this website! (In the comments.) And they are certainly very good pictures. No one is trying to say that these are not very good pictures, but they do kind of…They do make me feel a bit conflicted. The photos are featured in the “Comedy Issue” of GQ, which also features a nearly-naked Mila Kunis on the cover, which, again, no one is saying that anyone doesn’t want to look at a picture of a nearly-naked Mila Kunis, but it does seem like a back-handed recognition of the HOT TOPIC of “women in comedy.” That topic, of course, being one of the most annoying topics of all time. But just because it is an annoying topic doesn’t mean we can’t discuss how the treatment of it kind of makes us uncomfortable sometimes. So, for me, I partly feel like the idea of “funny girls having fun” is being pushed a bit insincerely, while the idea of “hot girls I don’t care who they are” is coming across much more strongly. And maybe comes across a bit too often in these situations. I also partly feel like these are very good photos and who cares, because if I could be in this photo shoot I would be in this photo shoot because photo shoots look like fun and if you’re funny, you’re funny and, again, who cares. So, like I said, conflicted.
I do think this is a bit gross, though:
Jacobs, whose Britta has “slept with two-thirds of the male population” at the show’s school, is playing opposites, too: “The episode where I made out with my supposed lesbian friend was the first time I’d kissed a girl. I was terrified.”
Brie: “Aw, Gil! You should have let me know! We could have practiced!”
Uggghh, lady! Panderson Brie! That quote certainly does not help anyone’s case. Again, much less “funny girls having fun,” but in this case much more, “girls making jokes that maybe aren’t being portrayed in the exact sense than they were originally stated, but still, that’s not really a funny joke and maybe your joke should at least be funnier if it’s going to be so pandering and demeaning, but is that demeaning to say? I don’t know anything anymore, my brain is broken, this has broken my brain.”
Anyway, so, what do you think? Do you think about this at all? Hello? Is this thing on? Ladies? Fellas?