I was reading the piece on People about Julia Roberts dropping the F-bomb at Tom Hanks' roast (via Shakesville). I was all hehe, haha, Julia Roberts is so cool, and so is Tom Hanks, I love them, can I marry both of them?
Then I got to this paragraph and was REALLY annoyed (emphasis mine):
For stargazers, the night was a dream come true, with many famous friends and colleagues roasting Hanks: The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons director Ron Howard, Castaway and Gump director Robert Zemeckis, Saving Private Ryan director Steven Spielberg, Charlie Wilson's War director Mike Nichols, Gump costar (she played his mom) Sally Field, Charlize Theron (who has often said in interviews that Hanks was her first onscreen crush) – and Philadelphia Best Song Oscar winner Bruce Springsteen, who sang accompanied by his wife, Patti Scialfa, whom he bussed onstage.
I know, I know, this is like the least significant thing in the world right now, but it really annoyed me that they had to qualify the women on this list more than the men. And then the way they qualified them was like blegh.
Do people really need to be reminded that Sally Field played his mother? There were only, like, two women in that movie to begin with. And who the hell doesn't know who Sally Field is?! I thought to myself, well maybe they're doing that for people who have never seen the movie, but if you haven't seen any of these movies, then the names mean nothing to you anyway. I don't have a clue who Mike Nichols or Robert Zemeckis are, so I completely glossed over the names anyway.
Then there's Charlize Theron. Um. What?! She's a freaking Oscar-winning actress people! Who even cares why she's there?! And is that really the only reason she was asked to speak, cuz if it is, that kinda sucks.
And if you know Bruce Springsteen, you should know who Patti Scialfa is, so why are they even mentioning her that way? Plus, she's not just his wife, she's also been his bandmate/musical partner.
Okay, I'm off to continue my craptastic day.
- At Tue Apr 28, 11:48:00 PM Ouyangdan said...
You are not just grumping over a bad day. You are reading between the lines nicely.
- At Wed Apr 29, 05:56:00 PM katecontinued said...
I agree with Ouyangdan. It is like the world as seen through the eyes of young white boys who are pissed and afraid of their mothers, sisters and girlfriends.
- At Thu Apr 30, 01:40:00 PM Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...
I've got to agree with you. It is offensive to me too.
Bruce bussed her on stage? What the hell is that supposed to mean?
Who wrote this? Some 90 year old man?