An Open Letter to A Misogynist
This is a copy of the letter I posted on my Facebook Fan Page that has since gone viral on the Internet. I hope you enjoy it. – Austin
February 12, 2013
I don’t ordinarily rant about current events but something I saw this morning on television really fired me up so I’ll make an exception for today…
I was watching a nationally syndicated morning show earlier today and in the space of ten minutes I saw two separate stories that caused my blood to boil and to wish assaulting certain people with a baseball bat was a perfectly legal and acceptable response for certain types of behavior.
The first story covered comments made by the famous film critic Rex Reed in which he mocked actress Melissa McCarthy’s weight as a part of his review of her film, Identity Thief. In his review, Reed called McCarthy, “tractor-sized,” a “screeching, humongous creep” and a “female hippo.” He also characterized the actress’ career as a study in “being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
The second story featured comments made by a pro-anorexia writer in which she said Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton had “Huge thighs, no waist, big fat floppy boobs and terrible body definition. She went on to say, “she looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are striving for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for? Sorry, but eww……!”
Are you two clowns serious!!!????
Rex Reed…I pray to the Supreme Deity and whoever else above this is the end of your career. What an absolutely reprehensible thing for ANYONE, much less someone in your position of influence to say. Melissa McCarthy’s physical appearance IS COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT to her performance as an actress. For you to call attention to her weight as a part of your so-called “review” is nothing short of deplorably despicable. Would you have done the same to actor John Candy were he still alive? I’d say it’s unlikely. Shame on you for resorting to schoolyard bully tactics as a so-called “professional” film critic.
As for you pro-anorexia writers and your idiotic comments regarding Kate Upton, one of the drawbacks to the Internet is it’s given vitriolic cowards like yourselves a public voice. Now as a writer, I’m a HUGE supporter of the First Amendment and I believe EVERYONE has the right to say just about anything they want. It’s one of the things that makes America so great. But just because we CAN doesn’t mean we always SHOULD. Know what I mean? I shudder to think what kind of childhood travesty occurred during your formative years for you to so vehemently attack a healthy and beautiful young woman like Kate Upton based solely on the way she looks.
As a father raising daughters, actions like yours make my blood boil. Women just can’t seem to get a break thanks to people like the two of you. Everywhere you look as women make their way in the world you see examples of strife and conflict courtesy of misogynistically myopic viewpoints held by folks like yourselves. You perpetuate the ludicrous myth that women are either too sexy or too Plain Jane. Too intelligent or just another dumb blonde. Too damn skinny or Queen of the Wildebeests.
It drives me nuts.
Now I’m fully aware that what I think isn’t going to change either of your opinions or cause you to rethink your stance. And that’s fine. That’s not my intent. My intent here is purely to let you know as both a writer and a father that your actions are not only deplorable to the vast majority of clear-thinking Americans, but representative in so many ways of everything that is wrong with our society as a whole.
Shame on both of you,