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Olivia Munn Says Women Resent Her Because She's Sexy

Well Said or Say What? It's Easy to Hate Beautiful Women

Before Olivia Munn recently joined the cast, The Daily Show had not hired a new female correspondent in seven years. Jezebel wondered if the former Playboy cover girl got the job simply thanks to her over-the-top sexy antics and sometimes sexist jokes and if The Daily Show had a woman problem in general. It's turned into a full-blown Internet battle and Olivia told Salon why she thinks she's a target:

"I'm easy to hate. I get it. When I first came to LA, I would go to these commercial auditions for Target. I'm 110 pounds now, but I used to be 135. And I would go to these auditions and these girls would be, like, in that effortless LA look: T-shirt, jeans and flats. So thin they'd just walk with a shuffle. I know what it’s like to not think it’s fair for someone to look a certain way and also get the dream job. But it's ridiculous to say that a woman can't be funny and also be sexy."

Do you agree that women resent successful women like Olivia because of their looks, or do you think critiques of Olivia go beyond the privilege she gets for being sexy?

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PontNeuf PontNeuf 7 years
Bella, Olivia did not get where she is because she posed for Playboy. She wasn't even nude in the Playboy shoot. She got where she was because of her approachability to geeks on Attack of the Show.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I mean some *men* put, really when are we going to get an 'edit comment' option?
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Totally off topic, but... in that pic up there, hate the hair, hate the eyeliner, and I think I would hate the dress if I saw it. I don't hate her because she's beautiful, I hate her because she either has no fashion sense or she's so obsessed with fame that she'll wear anything her stylist tells her to. Anyway, seriously... I tone down my looks 99% of the time: no make-up, well-fitted/stylish but modest clothes, simple necklace, and I am completely comfortable like that and 99% of people treat me with respect. On the rare occasion that I do get sexied up, some women give me attitude-like I've betrayed them-and some put me up on a pedestal, like beauty is some great accomplishment. So in general, yes, I agree with her. But I totally agree with anon 17, "pretty people never feel the need to share with us how pretty others think they are, they know we know it." She should have just kept her mouth shut and gotten on with her life, she should know better by now. Instead she's opened up a whole can of criticism, and I sort of get the impression that she likes the flurry of attention over her looks.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Remember the commercial "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful". I don't........ I hate you because you are a stuck up beotch. She may be full of herself because she made #1 on some men's magazine's hot list, don't remember which one, fairly recently. The thing is, here in LA , beautiful women are a dime a dozen, and if she tanks on TDS because she isn't funny, there will be plenty to replace her, if the show decides to. Too bad she doesn't know that.
bohokitty bohokitty 7 years
The problem is that women are too damnn superficial.There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and maintaining an attractive physique. Look what sites we're on( Fit& Bella Sugar) but we've become so ridiculously obsessive about our looks that we feel the need to compete with each other over every little issue and relate everything back to our appearance.Granted, there is some validity to the " I'm pretty so people are going to hate me" complaint. Jealousy can and does escalate into hatred. It is still really annoying to hear someone make this statement. To me it's just a signal that the person is self absorbed and immature. Just because you're pretty doesn't mean that people are going to hate you ( I'm pretty sure the whole world doesn't hate Angelina Jolie). Just because someone considers them self better looking then you are doesn't make them predisposed to liking you. Maybe they don't like your personality or( in this case) think you're not the best person for a certain job. I haven't seen her on TDS so I can't say if she's entertaining or not. I do think that (however empathetic she actually is toward others) this statement come across as extremely cliche and short sighted.
zeze zeze 7 years
I disagree Chloe, from what I saw in law school, you earned respect by the way you treated others and the level of intellect you have. Honestly, it's the opposite, the more attractive (in a professional sense) you are, the more polished and lawyer-like you looked - in that sense frumpy-unattractive people looked the part less than the pretty girls in the nice suits. Although, I am sure some of the dim girls who ALSO happened to be pretty probably thought people thought of them as stupid only because of their looks.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I don't think people literally admit to hating women because they're more attractive than them, but it's definitely true that women who are attractive have difficulty being taken seriously in an intellectual and/or professional context in comparison to plain women. This phenomenon was very apparent in law school.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I've never yet met anyone who hate anyone just because she's pretty, perhaps if she's a snob or someone who's negative generally..sure. Then again, there are many types of people. So I can't say based on my own experience. And yes, I'm getting tired of reading the 'I'm so beautiful so others are jealous and hateful to me and how hard it is to be pretty' excuse. She's on tv, isn't she supposed to look at least...decent or pretty enough or appealing to be on air on a daily/weekly basis? The show and network have viewership (rating) to consider and so what if they did choose her based on her looks (or 50-50 with looks and talent). I don't watch Daily Show so I can't give any useful comment regarding her performance, but if she performed well, hey good for her!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Well, I don't think that's what Olivia Munn was trying to say (I think she was trying to say that people take beauty more seriously over other qualities in Hollywood, hence, she had trouble before losing weight or whatever). But I must say I get really annoyed with the "I'm so beautiful people hate me! It's so hard being pretty!" excuse. Actually, just maybe, you're so conceited that people find you bitchy. I can honesty say I've never met a girl who hated someone just because she was pretty. If you have to constantly resort to the excuse that people hate you because you're beautiful, you're probably just a self-absorbed ass clown with a bloated ego.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
There's no denying that it's true, to a degree. Some women will definitely change their attitude towards beautiful women because they're jealous. But I think the vast majority of us have a little more common sense than that - after all we like a lot of Hollywood stars that are simply gorgeous. I just think people should avoid the whole "they're just jealous" argument. Usually, that's not all there is to it, if at all...
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I think beautiful women can be funny. Jenny McCarthy and Tina Fey are good examples. Also, The Daily Show's demographic should be considered. What's the ratio of male to female viewers? Of course if it's mainly a male audience then they're going to want to capitalize on that.
stephley stephley 7 years
I don't see how a claim that The Daily Show hasn't hired a woman correspondent in 7 years means that people think Munn or any other woman is too pretty to be funny or successful. Some men tend to be jealous of the success of guys considered good looking too - and tend to claim they aren't smart - that's just life.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
She used to weigh 135 and now weighs 110? I liked Olivia Munn until that statement, as if she really ever needed to lose 20 lbs. Disappointing.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I agree that it is easy to assume and also hate on people you perceive to have it better than you. But, I don't understand why she felt the need to throw in weight and how much she weighs now into it. That was unnecessary and, I think, an attempt to make her seem better then she used to be but thinly veiled to mean that she once hated on thin women too.
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
I think she was responding to the fact that people assume she couldn't have gotten the job because of her talents but because of her looks. I do think that women look at other women that have achieved success and try to figure out 'why them and not me'. The easiest thing to do is say "Well she clearly got that promotion because of her looks." This way we don't feel bad about our own abilities or lack thereof.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Well, there are some women who are jealous of other women, and lash out against them. Incidentally, generally speaking, I find that these same women tend to be competitive against other women. On the other hand, there some women who are NOT that way. They can get along with other women with no jealousy and competition. I've come across both types of women in my life. Needless to say, I shy away from the jealous, competitive types. They're annoying to say the least. :)
vanilla19 vanilla19 7 years
Well she does come off as sounding a bit full of herself, but her point is true. I've definitely been jealous or annoyed by beautiful women, especially if they are famous mostly because of their looks. And occasionally I've experienced others being jealous of me, though I wouldn't say I'm incredibly gorgeous.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
(And for what it's worth, I'm willing to give OM a chance on TDS. Haven't been knocked over by her yet, but it takes time to find your groove.)
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I do think that some people assume beautiful women are dumb, and there's probably some jealousy involved from time to time. In this case, I think people are frustrated because there are MUCH funnier women who didn't get her job. (Tig Notaro, for instance, is hilarious, but not as traditionally "hot.") I think a lot of women resent her because she's gotten to where she is by posing for Playboy, making fun of women in general, and playing up her sex appeal for men. That makes things harder for women who are trying to be recognized for talent instead of looks, to NOT be seen as objects, and to get away from that whole "women have to be sexy all the time" sexist nonsense.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
I don't even think Olivia Munn is that great looking, she looks more like an average woman. Maybe a little too skinny, but as she said she used to weigh a lot more, so she probably just doesn't eat.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
As an ugly girl turned average woman, I can say that I've NEVER hated another woman just because she's beautiful. In fact, attractive features paired with a smile make a woman seem more approachable to me. Now, if a woman has attractive features and a mouth overflowing with putdowns and negative comments, I can see how people would resent her.
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