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McG "Aspires" Women

January 19, 2007 7:57 PM

Upcoming CW competition reality series “The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll' has turned into an unexpected TCA highlight when critics and “Charlie’s Angels' director / “Pussycat' executive producer McG get into a fight over whether the burlesque group are empowering women to bring about the “third wave' of feminism, or merely “skanks' corrupting the underage daughters of TCA critics.

Things got started by McG baiting the crowd by insisting the Dolls are about more than simply pop songs and thigh highs.

“It's something that's aspirational and fun for a woman to be involved in,' says McG (who later describes "America’s Next Top Model' as “awesome and aspirational').

The show’s judge and executive producer Robin Antin adds, “There's so many different types of ‘Pussycat Dolls’ in the world, and that's what is so inspiring to women. The message is just finding your ‘inner Doll.’'

So a critic asks: “Why should young girls aspire to dress up like skanks?'

“First of all,' Antin says, “there's nothing slutty about it. There's nothing skanky about it. Their clothing is cute.'

The critic counters: “You've been using words like ‘empowering’ and sounding like these girls are running for president.'

“There's a reason why people like Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron have all been so interested in what ‘Pussycat Dolls’ is about,' says Antin, entirely missing, if not proving, the critic’s point. “Those are women that I am really inspired by and are classy. These are women that have wanted to be a part of it because they feel that it is empowering to get up there and dress like a Doll.'

McG, getting irate, wades into the battle.

“Not everything is going to solve the crisis in the Middle East,' he says, almost certainly not for the first time in his career. “Sometimes you want to have some fun … and women celebrating one another being beautiful, and, frankly, being appreciated by me, has been around for a long time. Under no circumstances is it shameful. And there's even a position to take that this is, frankly, third-wave feminism. You know what I mean?'

The critics don’t know what he means.

One middle-aged critic asks how lyrics like, “Don’t you wish you were a freak like me?' celebrates women.

“You must understand the fundamental paradox of a gentleman of your age demo asking that very question,' McG says. “I don't know if you two-way your friends on your Sidekick … It's just saying, ‘Don't you wish your girlfriend could be free and comfortable in her own skin and do her own thing like me?’ That's what we're saying.'

According to the official CW transcript, what follows next is “[Booing].'

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[...] This week’s TCA press tour events have already provided us with so many memorable moments, from ABC’s Steve McPherson’s enthusiasm for bumping off Michelle Rodriguez to NBC’s Kevin Reilly’s mental coping strategies for dealing with his Idol problem to Aaron Sorkin’s disdain for the opinions of the unemployed, that to add still more to the already lengthy highlight reel feels greedy. But a panel earlier today for The CW’s The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll, the fledgling network’s attempt to empower a new generation of feminists to nurture their inner, “Don’t Cha”-inspired freaks on national television, easily cracks our crowded TCA best-of list, as frustrated executive producer McG (you know him better as the visionary behind the Charlie’s Angels films) eagerly debated the assembled critics on the up-with-skanks virtues of his forthcoming series. Reports the Critical Eye blog: “Not everything is going to solve the crisis in the Middle East,” he says, almost certainly not for the first time in his career. “Sometimes you want to have some fun … and women celebrating one another being beautiful, and, frankly, being appreciated by me, has been around for a long time. Under no circumstances is it shameful. And there’s even a position to take that this is, frankly, third-wave feminism. You know what I mean?” [...] [Read More]

Comments (3)

Jon:

Oh my gosh! Does McG actually believe the stuff coming out of his mouth!?! The network should just stick with Veronica Mars.

Didn't this McG guy create that stupid show "The O.C."? Why does he call himself McG? He sounds like a jerk.

Stunned:

Thanks for this great article, calling McG and Antin on the offensive BS they spout.
The clothes aren't skanky, but are cute? If that's not skanky, honestly what is? Being naked save for body paint reading 'screw me'?
There are some lolita-type outfits that maybe in theory are 'cute', but in how they're worn, they become slutty. But these are just straight slutty! There is no other character to shiny, cheap, skimpy outfits!!

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