These Are The Quotes In That Margot Robbie Profile Everyone’s So Pissed About
Vanity Fair profiled actress Margot Robbie this week. That should be a pretty cool thing.
Robbie managed to take over Hollywood with a solid, scene-stealing performance in “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and is now fronting two summer blockbusters a serious achievement.
Instead, though, Vanity Fair had a man write the profile. And then it all went south.
Hunter Bishop (@Hunter_Bishop) July 6, 2016
Yeah, that Margot Robbie article was written very weird but who was the person who reviewed it and thought “nah, it’s printable”
— h es e (@Chelseacolon_) July 6, 2016
That Vanity Fair piece on Margot Robbie is terrible all around but that it barely mentions how great of an actor she is, is unforgivable.
— Sam Van Haren (@SamShotFirst) July 6, 2016
The dude who wrote it, Rich Cohen, basically spent the whole time being super creepy and sexist and did I mention creepy?
Here’s how it started:
— Allie Jones (@allierileyjones) July 6, 2016
Let’s start with that first sentence:
“America is so far gone…”
Translation: Americans are all ugly now.
shorter vanity fair: ugly hags rule america now. 4 hotties go 2 australia. also if u are a woman pls b hot. choppy sentences make gud prose.
— Prachi Gupta (@prachigu) July 6, 2016
“…we have to go to Australia to find a girl next door.”
Listen, it’s no big secret that Robbie is a gorgeous woman. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a personality. Cohen just decided to make it all about her looks.
And then he has the gall to say that this obviously gorgeous woman is “a girl next door.” If that’s the standard we women have to live up to, I think we’re all down for the count.
I cannot conceive of a world in which Margot Robbie looks like the girl next door. Do you live in Modelland by Tyra Banks?
— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) July 6, 2016
Meanwhile, it plays into racial ideas of beauty.
A “Girl Next Door” actually does not have to be a blonde white woman : )
— kelsey mckinney (@mckinneykelsey) July 6, 2016
And it isn’t even relevant to Robbie’s professional work.
Margot Robbie doesn’t even play girl next door roles. Unless you live next door to supermodels, grifters, Tarzan, or comic book villains.
Keith Calder (@keithcalder) July 6, 2016
Then we get into Cohen’s description of Robbie.
Which, again, is all about physical appearance. Because a beautiful woman can never be anything other than beautiful.
The way he describes her is crazy talk. This is literal creeper nonsense:
She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character.
I’ll let Danielle Henderson explain it best:
It’s like a hard-on was magicked into a sentient being and placed in front of a keyboard https://t.co/XR7eogrmw4
— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) July 6, 2016
The article continues on this general thread.
And by “this general thread” I mean it doesn’t do anything. It just gawks at her. This is a literary embodiment of the male gaze.
I mean, OK,can you read this without cringing?
I have the strange feeling this reporter isn’t thinking about pegging Robbie’s narrative pic.twitter.com/jqDFBToRfM
— Alexandra Svokos (@asvokos) July 6, 2016
Didn’t think so.
Cohen writes that you can find in Robbie “a kind of lost purity, what we’ve given up for the excitement of a crass, freewheeling, sex-saturated culture.” This takes her white, blonde image anddeletes any of her personality, experiences or even her roles, like in “Wolf Of Wall Street” where she plays a definitely unpure character.
She’s just something pretty to look at that you can project your own idea onto.
Immediately after saying she represents “lost purity,” Cohen writes,
It’s how Pan Am, a fantasy of jet-age America, where Bryn Mawr girls took to the skies in search of husbands, becomes Jordan Belfort’s Wall Street, where the Duchess stands nude in a doorway, turning slowly, like a Ferrari on a showroom platform, a human being remade by the late 20th century, coked up, cashed out, and hung on the wall like a trophy.
To which, as the sister of a Bryn Mawr alum, I mustcall “shame.”
Even the description of Robbie’s role in “Suicide Squad” is voyeuristic.
It’s safe to say based on the trailer alone we’re all already mesmerized by Robbie’s Harley Quinn. This is how Cohen described that phenomenon:
There is a danger in personifying such a beloved avatar, but pictures of Robbie in costumepigtails dyed red and blue, dark-red lipstick, crazy smile, and wielding a baseball bat, like one of the gangsters in The Warriorshave stirred happy anticipation in the community.
This is such a simple but indicative slip. Rather than talk about the fact that her portrayal of Harley Quinn is such expert, mesmerizing work that we’re already excited by it, Cohen talked about “pictures” of her. How she looks. Not how she acts, moves and is a living being rather than an object to look at.
In addition to being generally blegh-worthy, the profile was seemingly written to be parodied.
It was bizarre and all over the place, with the main thesis being “Idk I can’t think straight she’s too hot.”
Cohen quotes from an interview withJerry Weintraub, a now deceased producer of Robbie’s upcoming film “Tarzan.”
‘When I think of Margot Robbie, a single word comes to mind,’ Jerry said. ‘Audrey Hepburn.’
Cohen then feels the need to explain that:
In comparing Robbie to the classic movie stars, Jerry Weintraub meant that she is big-time, bankable, elegant.
Thank goodness we got that expert explanation, otherwise we never would have known what Weintraub meant.
The only part of that entire Margot Robbie profile that matters. pic.twitter.com/ftSbRUiIR2
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) July 6, 2016
And then he went on a tangent about Weintraub.
dude legit stops to talk about how great another man is while he’s writing a profile of this woman pic.twitter.com/ROAOrx5uNm
CORIANDER (@priya_ebooks) July 6, 2016
Work like this shows that we’ve still got a long, long way to face sexism.
This piece comes the same week that Variety published a sexist, ageist, shaming article, againby a man, about Rene Zellweger. To which the Huffington Post said,
Dudes, Nobody Needs Your Opinion On Rene Zellweger’s Face
Articles like this show that sexism, ageism and the male gaze are alive and well.
The fawning, overwrought profile of a young actress written by a man (who prob wants a piece) is one of journalism’s more dubious traditions
— Abbey Bender (@Abbey_Bender) November 24, 2014
They also show that a lack of diverse staff leads to gross opinions getting published. Had a woman written the Robbie profile, for instance, it may have actually beenabout Robbie and not about how Robbie looks.
So we all reached the same conclusion:
What if we banned men from writing profiles for like one year
— Katie McDonough (@kmcdonovgh) July 6, 2016
Proposal: ban men from writing profiles of Hollywood ~it girls~ https://t.co/rDGiHubqeK
— Cameron Scherer (@thecamron) July 6, 2016
would cosign a moratorium on men writing celebrity profiles of women
— Jessica Goldstein (@jessicagolds) July 6, 2016
Ok No but who keeps letting men write profiles of women when they’re obviously inept?
— Jasmine Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) July 6, 2016
Stop letting men write profiles 2k16
Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) July 6, 2016
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