Don Imus: Mean BOY.

•April 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Don Imus & Al SharptonThis week’s Newsweek (April 23, 2007), titled “Race, Power, and the Media” discusses radio commentator Don Imus’ crude remarks made about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. On his nationally broadcast radio show, Imus comments, “That’s some rough girls from Rutgers….That’s some nappy-headed hoes there, I’m going to tell you that right now.” While Imus is not exactly a girl, his behavior and personality traits summarized in the article show Imus to possess all of the personality traits typically found in a “mean girl”. And, this time, as are the comments of typical mean girls, his comments were directed towards woman. The article states, ” Like the coolest bully on the playground, the outlaw kid wanted to be seen with, Imus made his guests feel honored to be insulted by him. He tempered the abuse with just enough ego-stroking flattery to keep them coming back for more. (Those who didn’t care for his shtick either avoided him or quickly fell off the invite list)”. Imus sounds exactly like a mean girl! What had these poor girls done to evoke such unnecessary cruelty? He simply chose to lash out at a specific group because he felt that he had a certain amount of authority and power. Like many scenarios involving “mean girls”, Imus decided to comment on a women’s team that was actually succeeding at what they do, and causing no one any harm. Rutgers Womens Basketball Team

The ladies of the Rutgers team fought against the odds and made it to the Final Four, an absolutely terrific feat for a team that originally, though as in the world of the mean girls, whenever the “underdog” begins to succeed, someone feels as though it is their job to belittle them and remind them that they are beneath someone.
Imus’ comments were not only racist, but also completely demeaning to women. To refer to any group of women in the first place as “hoes” or anything of the like is despicable and uncouth, and simply emphasizes the sheer ignorance of the party making such derogatory accusations. While the act of women referring to each other as “whores, bitches, sluts, hoes”, etc has become prominent and “mainstreamed” in current society. Regardless, a man has absolutely no right to refer to any woman out of her name. I wonder, had a woman made such a comment would she too have lost her job like Imus did? Unfortunately, in the world of “mean girls”, typically there is no “resolve” to the problem, and no one gets fired for their harsh and hurtful comments.

“Rutgers Women: A Team Stands Tall”

I need a hot body and boy

•April 10, 2007 • 1 Comment


At the beginning of the scene showing Cady’s first day of school, Cady accidentally bumps into a female classmate who responds “Talk to me again and I’ll kick your ass”, an attitude that would typically fit the idea of the “bully” Yet, that girl is not considered a mean girl; mean girls do the same amount of damage, except they typically emotionally torment their victims rather than physically. Mean girls realize their clout and status and know how to use this to their advantage. In the middle of the scene when one classmate is proclaiming her admiration for Regina George, she says, “ One time she punched me in the face….and it was awesome!” and Damian states, “evil takes a new form in Regina George. She’s the Queen Bee, a star”; all the ideals of the typical mean girl. Girls like Regina George are fully aware that they can be “life ruiners” free of consequence, seeing that they are feared and secretly envied by every single other female in their presence. The scene in which the audience is first introduced to Regina George displays her riding on the shoulders of her admiring male classmates as she makes a grand entrance to gym class. Immediately we are exposed to two key factors that play are associated with a “mean girl”: the “importance” of image and the concept of the male (and female) gaze.
In this scene and throughout the movie “Mean Girls” the idea that “thin is in” is emphasized. Regina George
Regina George and “crew” consistently display the fact that they are very weight conscious, an idea that is clearly wide-spread in society today. These ideals that the girls in the movie portray reflect the fact that body image is consistently emphasized, primarily to females, telling young women how they should strive to look in order to be “hot”. Thus, while many of the girls that idolize the “mean girls” strive to look like them, the “mean girls” themselves are submitting to the images that run rampant in “perfect body” propaganda. Society teaches girls that the perfect body is the way to attract the perfect male, and as shown by the ideal “mean girl”, attention from males is crucial to the existence of their exalted egos.
Males are displayed in the scene from the movie as having nothing but adoration for the beautiful queen of mean, completely contempt being at her service. Their gaze holds no shame, no quick glance, but fully lets the one being viewed know her power of attraction. The “mean girl” who is the object of such gaze welcomes and expects the attention, as she feels that as the “hottest girl in school” she is nothing but deserving of the affection.

Fresh Meat

•April 5, 2007 • 4 Comments

When you’re new at a school, you have no label, you have no place, no stigma, not even a name (until the awkwardMean Girls Cover introduction at the front of the room). All eyes are on you, devouring your physical being as that all that exists. Judgments are made. Opinions are created. And in the blink of an eye, you’ve been placed on a platform that will forever determine which group you “belong”. Don’t look down, you’re shy and cowardly. If you’re pretty but don’t smile (forget the fact that you’re nervous and know noone), you’re “such a bitch”. If you have any characteristics that might actually make you look “unique”, forget it. But if your polo’s by Lacoste, your jeans are by Seven for all mankind, you realize that according to Cosmo, pale hues are the makeup colors f the season, you have automatic mean girl potential whether you like it or not. Then again there are some cases like that of Cady in “Mean Girls” the movie in which potential can be seen in a girl wearing an oversized flannel shirt accompianied by a pretty face, one who can adhere to a mold with “work”.

 

Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls

Mean girls tend to look for girls that would typically be competition, and when the choice is either to develop an enemy or ally, the “mean girl” chooses to make an alliance and simply build her clan of followers. And when you’re new, like Cady, why wouldn’t you want to become friends with the prettiest, popular girls in school? And if the “original” mean girls play their cards correctly, another mean girl is then and there in the making.

Beware of the Plastics: The wrath of the Mean Girl

•March 14, 2007 • Leave a Comment

She’s fabulous. She’s popular. She’s vicious. Who is she? She’s the mean girl. And secretly, as much as you want to hate her, you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be her. Right? What causes a girl to become a “mean girl”? And what makes the mean girl become the most envied, hated, and desirable girl at the same time? The movie Mean Girls was written based on the atmosphere and attitudes displayed by my rival high school on the North Shore in Illinois, and I have witnessed the wrath that can caused by a “mean girl” and the power that accompanies being a “mean girl”. Regardless, I’ve always found that there is a secret inner layer to the “mean girl”, and in this blog, plan to look at the image of the “mean girl”, and her victims, as seen in pop culture and society today!