Yes, this week’s hot person is a woman. Let’s all get over that quickly because I have some ish to say about Christina Hendricks. Okay. So this week I was all set to name one of the Revenge stars as this week’s hot person (no, I hadn’t decided between Jack Porter or Daniel Grayson yet), but then I got my life changed by a little interview clip featuring Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks and some fashion editor who’s somewhere feeling really embarrassed and hopefully catching up on some Judith Butler or Patricia Clough-esque feminist theory. We’ve had some interesting discussions on PITNB about celebrities and body image and media; somehow with a few short words Christina Hendricks sums up pretty much everything you need to know about those things. That is hot. Check out the video above; basically Christina refuses to answer a question about being a full-figured woman, and upon getting shut down, the interviewer then goes on to ask her the exact same question, using the exact same phrase and gets shut down again by the hotness that is Christina Hendricks. Then join me inside for further celebration of this week’s Hot-Person-Who-I-Didn’t-Know-I-Was-Into-Until-Recently!
So yeah. How amazing was that video? She didn’t flip out, she didn’t go on a rant about women and media and body image! She just turned to her publicist who politely informed Sydney’s Sun-Herald fashion editor Kate Waterhouse that questions that referenced the actor’s weight were unacceptable. Which they are! Love it.
Okay, now don’t laugh at me or judge me or refuse to read any more of writing based on this, but…. I’ve never watched a full episode of Mad Men. Now in my defense, just last week I admitted that I haven’t ever been a huuuge TV person and I’m only recently getting together a handful of shows and actually watching them. I’m staying away from shows that are well beyond their second or third season (like Mad Men) because I’d have to spend a few weeks just getting caught up. However! I did head over to YouTube to check out a few clips (since I like to be slightly informed about my hot persons of the week) and had a really good time watching clips of Joan in action. I know it’s hella old, but here’s one of my faves (and one of the other ways in which Christina Hendricks is hot):
But the absolute best part of that clip is the amazing, outrageous, borderline sexist description written by the guy who uploaded the video. Here’s what jamdog666 had to say about Christina:
Where does one start with Christina Hendricks? From the moment you see her you’re thinking of ways to impregnate her. Her body is a walking diorama of feminine beauty, a pieorama if you will. Imagine if Marilyn Monroe really had curves. Imagine if Jayne Mansfield really had a rack. Imagine if Katharine Hepburn’s hair was really red. Imagine if Jennifer Lopez really had ass. Imagine if the young Julie Christie really was pretty. Imagine if Mae West really had ‘tude. Imagine if these qualities came together in one piece of pie. A glorious treacly, sticks-to-your-fingers, treacle-coloured piece of treacle tart warmed in the oven and served with melting ice cream. Well that pie exists. And its name is Christina Hendricks. She walks among us like a colossus, cracking flags and breaking hearts with every step.
LMAO. Done. There’s nothing else to say.
So, to recap. Christina Hendricks is hot because 1.) She doesn’t answer to ‘full-figured woman’, 2.) She just told Peggy to ‘go home, take a paper bag and cut some eye holes out of it, put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror; really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are’ (the message was frightening, the delivery was hot), and 3.) She inspires ranting and raving about the feminine body and mystique of epic proportions on YouTube.
Then there’s this whole movement: