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Zoe Saldana, "I'm a Lady, not a Skanky Little Girl"

December 21, 2013 3 min read

"Bitchy or Confident."  That was the comment off the article from Flare Magazine's January issue of cover girl Zoe Saldana.  She's there to promote "Out of the Furnace" which starts Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson, it sounded really interesting but ended up tanking in the box office. Zoe has drawn criticism after giving an interview with Collider in which she talked about how 'awful' blockbuster movies are compared to indies.   She said, “There’s a lot wrong with doing blockbusters. Let’s be real. And I’m a part of a lot of them, but these are stories that are great.”  To be honest she has a point there, the stories that you find in indies are so much deeper than blockbusters which are purely made for maximum entertainment value and profit.  Celebitchy.com went on a rant that because she has been involved with huge blockbusters that she doesn't have room to stand promoting indies-arguing that she likes the paychecks better. zoeflare1 It was the interview in Flare this month that really had the impact. She’s a lady: “I’m a lady. My mother, my grandmother and my great-grandmother raised ladies. We don’t breed skanky, coquettish, giddy little girls. We breed women.” On girl power: “Women aren’t wimpy. They don’t complain all the time. They can open up jars! They can f—ing save the day! They can support their whole family. They can support their men. Half of my friends make more money than their male partners.” Stop whining, ladies: “Women who are very whiny annoy the f—ing crap out of me. It’s impossible for my sisters and me to hold a conversation with a woman who is incompetent. It’s one thing to be uncertain, a little insecure and scared, and another thing to be lazy. I can’t deal with mediocrity and incompetence. And you see it in people’s eyes.” Standing up for herself on set: “You’d see all the boys together, and they’re discussing the scene and what’s going to happen. You just go, ‘Yeah, but…’ and they say, ‘Oh, but we already discussed that.’” There are three possible reactions, she says: rolling your eyes, “because men think they know better”; laughing; or, she says, “sitting and watching while everybody feels uncomfortable around you, and feeling really good about yourself because you stood up for yourself, you mattered, you voiced your presence.” Saldana has no problem pulling a mentor or male authority aside, she says, laying out for me her usual plan of attack: Her “heart racing and sweating buckets,” she declares, without blinking, “I’m not happy.” And then she states her case: “I understand everything you’re saying, but these are the terms we agreed on, and that is why I got on a plane and came out here, and I decided to have your back, and now I don’t feel like you’re having my back. This character is invisible. She’s completely irrelevant, and she should be more.” On criticism: “There’s nothing anybody can say or think about me that I will give a sh-t about. Honestly.” Back to the bitchy vs. confident.  Why is it even necessary for women to be defined one way or the other?  Zoe is a highly accomplished actress, who, if she was a man would be praised for his work in indies and setting aside the time to work on such projects instead of huge films.  Why is it that Zoe can't simply be praised for standing up for herself and not allowing others to walk over her?  There is a double standard that exists for women...but what it comes down to is the belief that women shouldn't have to confront a male head on.  She should be able to change his mind without seeming to.

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