Sapphic Salon: Megan Fox and the women she loves to hate
Megan Fox thinks I hate her.
It's simply not true. I didn't realize she'd take it personal that I never saw Transformers (or its sequel) and I was one of the few that bought tickets to see Jennifer's Body opening weekend. But the latest New York Times magazine cover woman claims that women hate her.
"Women tear each other apart. Girls think I'm a
slut, and I've been in the same relationship since I was 18. The problem is, if they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular."
I don't disagree. There are those that are mean girls, surely, but I think the problem that most people have with Megan Fox, if they care enough to have one, is what she represents. And to me, as a queer woman, she is representing the male-manufactured idea of bisexuality.
I don't blame the 23-year-old actress completely. She's young, she's rich, she's ogled by men and women alike. She's poised, as the Times writes, to become the new "Angelina Jolie." (Willingness to do it with women: Check.)
The difference is that Angelina is universally adored and lusted after by men and women. It must be hard for Megan Fox to meet women if they all hate her.
I don't mean to say that Megan is not bisexual. She very well could be. However, she's not exactly my idea of a poster child for the LGBTQI community. The first time she mentioned being attracted to women in an interview, she said she'd been with a Russian stripper named Nikita, which she later admitted was a lie. She then said she'd "never date another bisexual woman" and that she was once "really butch bull dyke for, like, six months ... Then I went in the other direction. From being a giant motorcycle-riding lesbian, I turned into a zombie. I lost, like, 30 pounds."
If this doesn't sound like the most stereotypical picture of a non-queer person's idea of a gay woman, then add in some Birkenstocks and Melissa Etheridge. Done and done.
When rumors hit the internet that the Diablo Cody-penned Jennifer's Body would include a "lesbian kiss" between Megan and Amanda Seyfried, I was hopeful. And the kiss itself wasn't incredibly gratuitous — I could see where it could fit in with the friendship between the two characters — but the film doing do so well and Megan commented: "People expected 'Jennifer's Body' to make so much money, but I was doubtful. The movie is about a man-eating, cannibalistic lesbian cheerleader, and that pretty much eliminates middle America. It's obviously a girl-power movie, but it's also about how scary girls are. Girls can be a nightmare."
I'm not quite sure if it's the girls that hate Megan Fox, or Megan Fox that hates the girls. At the very least, I'm not sure she loves them.
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