We’re grateful for what readers we have here at The Scrawn. We know gossip blogs like Lainey Gossip have the sort of numbers we could only envy, but we keep on keeping on just the same. So when a reader brought this LG editorial to our attention, we took it as a sign that our work is resonating with the right people.
Posted by Lainey Gossip founder Elaine “Lainey” Lui–who’s first on the scene when Nicole Kidman’s hands don’t match her face, or when Justin Bieber eats Subway–this op-ed attacks Ashley Judd’s piece for the Daily Beast because it’s…too wordy?
Apparently, Lainey had to “endure” the following sentence in Judd’s article:
“Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration.”
“When you strip away all the Harvard language, is there a legitimate position here?”
The answer is yes. Here’s Judd’s point, and she doesn’t even use a single word that ends in “tion”, “ism” or “ment”:
“That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate.”
Nevertheless, Lainey thinks it’s a celebrity’s fault for not owning up to any surgical procedures she may have had to perk up her appearance:
“So is it really that they’ve had so many procedures, or is it the comical DENIAL of said procedures that really sets us off?”
Cleverly skirting the issue of whether or not it’s anyone’s business what procedures a celebrity has done, and altogether avoiding the fact that there’s so much more pressure on female celebrities to keep up a “perfect appearance,” Lainey suggests that Judd is neither confirming nor denying the surgery because that might prove she “succumbed to…patriarchy.” And in her silence, Judd is playing all womankind. Lainey (sort of) concludes:
“THIS, more than anything else, is what has led to the explosion of snark on Celebrity that has taken place over the last decade.”
So, if we understand Lainey correctly, that female celebrities succumb to the pressure of studios and patriarchy to maintain a youthful appearance, and then deny it to celebrity journalists, is why they deserve the onslaught of snark and judgement.* And should they dare fight back in a thoughtful, if verbose editorial, they will be lynched Lainey-style.
The undercurrent of this editorial is a palpable bitterness at having been called out by the people whose struggles are, essentially, putting food on Lainey’s table. But if this really is about feeling alienated by 10-dollar words, then by all means, Lainey, return to your brass tacks lady-bashing and carry on proving Judd’s point. And The Scrawn‘s.
*So I suppose that means Tanya Kim should have spent a whole etalk segment coming clean about her rhinoplasty, right?