It’s not often a piece written by a fellow journalist can make my blood boil, but that’s just what John Marrs has done today with his misogynistic rant on the Huffington Post.
Celebrity journalist John’s blog post contains a series of thinly- disguised anecdotes about the ‘crazy’ behaviour of some of the famous women he’s interviewed. Their various crimes include lying about their age, spending a while having their hair and makeup done, and pretending they’re thinner than they actually are. (HARPIES!)
John strings these stories together under the banner of a ‘trend’ he’s spotted. Yes, eagle-eyed John believes that this series of frankly rather dull celeb tales (best suited to boring his mates with over that fifth pint in the pub) actually represents a fact about ALL FAMOUS WOMEN.
Yes, according to this trailblazing crack journo, all female celebs are desperate, deluded, or divas. And in his strange little mind, it’s the sexist world of showbiz and the fear of ending up on the scrapheap at 40 that has turned them into these insane lunatics.
This piece is ridiculous on so many levels. Firstly, from a journalistic point of view, threading together a few unrelated stories about celebs does not translate into a gender-wide trend, no matter how hard you try and shove that square peg into a round pole.
Secondly, it’s mouth-open sexist claptrap. Yes, famous people can be quite odd on occasion – although the vast majority are very normal and pleasant. As a former Celebrity Editor and someone who’s interviewed hundreds of famous faces, I can personally attest to a few incidences of strange and demanding behaviour. But this has come from both men and women. Divadom knows no gender boundaries, no matter how hard the likes of John try to tar all women with the same brush.
Thirdly, it is frankly disgraceful in its insensitivity. It’s easy enough to work out which celebs John is talking about, one of which is now dead, and many of them are battling with addictions as they speak to him. Still, stupid cows for taking drugs/drinking/being bulimic, eh John?
And lastly – THE IDEA IS TOTAL NONSENSE. There are countless successful famous women over a certain age – Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Nigella Lawson, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Anne Robinson, Carol Vorderman just to name a few – who’ve demonstrated that career success is not dependent on whether cretinous journalists believe they are ‘temperamental’ or not.