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Why women loathe Megan Fox: some theories

Megan FoxOctober 05, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, outside of this column, I rarely dedicate much time or conversation to the sordid details of celebrities. However, I've noticed that one topic repeatedly comes up in conversation lately, as introduced by my friends: Megan Fox, and how detestable she is.

Several more respectable news outlets have dedicated time and energy to compiling articles on the sensation that is Megan Fox: a household name without many credits, known primarily for her roles in action movies, yet being peddled to consumers as the future of acting. And yet: can she act? And why does she trigger such a negative response from every day people?

It's not because she's pretty. No, sorry. Women do not hate Megan Fox because she's better looking than they are. Yes she is attractive. But jealousy is not the issue here. For example: Megan Fox is much prettier than I am. She has a much better body. But this is not why I think she's useless. After all, my best friend is also much, much prettier than I am. She gets stopped on the street and told she looks like Angelina Jolie: I get stopped and told I look like Howard Stern. So it's not envy in that regard. More evidence: women adore Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, and especially Angelina Jolie. She has a huge fan base of women who profess they'd 'go gay' for her. All of these women mentioned are undisputedly gorgeous. Yet they don't incur the wrath Fox does. Instead, they are subject to women's praise and admiration.

Maybe it's something inscrutable that only women understand: the high school mentality of the girl who says 'Girls just hate me because I'm prettier than they are.' No, girls hate you because of the attitude you have that inspires you to say such arrogant things.

Megan Fox is being groomed as the hope of the beautiful leading ladies, despite a list of credentials that don't back it. Why? Because she's feminine and attractive to men, unlike many of Hollywood's young starlets, who resemble, well, eight-year-old boys with their coltish figures and what we'll politely refer to as exotic facial features. Whereas young girls are lured in by the feminine looks of Zac Efron or the Gossip Guys, teenage boys aren't really into girls that look like guys. Well, some of them are. But they'll figure out why during that experimental first year in college.

Fox is a rehash of Angelina Jolie without any of the reality to back it up. Here's the thing: I am not a fan of Angelina as an actress. I think she's mediocre and mainly excels when playing herself. But at least she was the real deal: a complete weirdo attention-seeker who picked diverse roles instead of commercial parts. Maybe it's that Fox hasn't appeared in anything that demands she put in a good performance: almost every part she plays centers around how hot she is. Even Jennifer's Body was a film that instead alienated the female audience. Diablo Cody is known for her smart, tight wit: the film should have, as a result, promoted itself as being a girls' horror film, not another sexy slasher with sapphic overtones for the male audience.

So Fox doesn't have the talent to back up her attitude, as far as we know. Take the Jackie character from That 70's Show. On paper, she's a detestable, completely self-absorbed moron. But on screen, she's impossible to hate, largely due to Mila Kunis' portrayal. And why isn't Kunis being promoted and relentlessly shoved at us the way Fox is? She's as attractive and well-proportioned, and she's proved her acting ability and range.

And then there's Fox's personality. More than one guy has admitted to me that they find her unattractive because of the garbage that spews from her: hateful, arrogant, stupid comments that could fill one of those novelty books for the bathroom you buy at Urban Outfitters. Even Asylum.com requested a Megan Fox blackout day to avoid reading the things she says that make her impossible to fantasize about. Maybe it's no coincidence that she applies lip-liner that looks like crap, since sh*t is constantly being expelled from her mouth. A few memorable gems:

"I think that I'm so psychotic and so mentally ill that if I could tap into that I could do something really interesting."

(Angelina already did it)

"I have no friends and I never leave my house." (this is a very common whine issued from obnoxious, pretty girls. Perhaps if they tried to be pleasant for fifteen seconds, people would like them.)

"I really don't know anything about being single yet, really. I was with someone from the time I was 18, so I've never been forced to take care of myself. I've always had someone doing that for me."

"I come across as confident and [women] assume that means that I think I'm hot shit. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me."

"I go to the set thinking I'm not going to have any female friends, because that's the reality of the business. From what I've experienced, women aren't good friends to one another. When guys want to hang out with you because your personality is badass, women immediately hate you."

I can't even go on because she's so irritating, but let's give a shout-out to her murdering an ox over Olivia Wilde and comparing Michael Bay to Hitler.

So no, Megan Fox. Women do not hate you because you are better looking than us or are successful. It's not even from the frustration of seeing someone so stupid and irritating succeeding. It's because you are a mean, slow-witted person. You don't think before you speak.

What does this mean for her career? Does she have a future? Hey, the one fascinating thing about Fox is that her personality is so widely despised that it inspires far more conversation than her bad movies. And it keeps her name in the trades: after all, I spent twenty minutes writing about this and theoretically wasted brain power thinking about it. But is being a controversial person in her private life enough to keep her afloat in the celebrity spectrum? Only time will tell.

Source: www.examiner.com