A mainstay of tabloid media is the paparazzi photo that breaks down what female celebrities are wearing to go get coffee in the morning. The copy usually describes their looks by making thirsty (or disparaging) comments about their bodies in Ugg boots and ratty t-shirts. It’s pretty unfair, because it exerts even more pressure on women to look good every second they’re in the public eye. It’s also a stupid subject for a magazine. Show me more cute baby photos!
A Twitter account called Daily Male Online is pointing out the hypocrisy of these celebrity-obsessed mags obsession with women’s bodies by using their formula to dissect male celebrities out on the town. It’s such an easy joke to make, because we’re all so familiar with the trope. But if you’re not, here’s a great example from the REAL Daily Mail:
Millie Mackintosh showcases her incredible figure in a teal thong bikini https://t.co/N4a8wu5XS8— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) August 27, 2019
And here’s a joke one focusing on Matt Damon showing off his gams in flip-flops and shorts:
JUST IN! pic.twitter.com/ymDOp1NBUy— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 25, 2019
And Arnold showing off his hot hard nips:
SPECIAL REPORT > > pic.twitter.com/5WobL4nWk7— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 24, 2019
They’re not shy about focusing on specific body parts, adding enhanced inserts where necessary:
TODAY'S TOP STORY > > pic.twitter.com/yDeLeXCcBn— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 22, 2019
It actually does feel kind of obscene, even though we’re so used to it with women in the same place:
HOT OFF THE PRESS > > > pic.twitter.com/F40beFulnQ— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 22, 2019
And it mocks how body positivity gets used as a thin veil for looking even more intensely at someone’s tush:
NEW NEWS!! pic.twitter.com/lZYbZSxGOZ— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 22, 2019
It also had the unfortunate side effect of making me think about Piers Morgan in the nude:
EXCLUSIVE > > > pic.twitter.com/GIqhCrLUiC— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 22, 2019
But this was a good chaser:
NEWS JUST IN!! pic.twitter.com/FExMphEpUu— Daily Male Online (@MaleOnline1) August 22, 2019
Look, objectifying people is generally a bad thing to do, but The Rock wants us to look at his pecs. Why else would he wear that shirt?
In all seriousness, it might be a long time before tabloids make a significant change. There is a normal human interest in the lives and bodies of entertainers. But if images of men paired with these captions makes you feel uncomfortable or laugh, and the same stuff with women doesn’t, it shows how much of what we consider normal topics of conversation has to do with expectations. Our expectations are that women have their butts secretly photographed and men get to wear flip flops to work. Not fair at all.