A review of Olivia Wilde’s new movie, Third Person, has created headlines this week, asserting that the actress is too pretty to be smart and that there are no smart, pretty women.
The title of the GQ article was “The Redeeming Part of Paul Haggis’s Third Person: Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde’s Sex Scene.” Of the film in which Olivia, 30, played the journalist love interest of Liam Neeson, 62, GQ movie critic Tom Carson claimed the premise lacked verisimilitude:
Yet the fantasy hasn’t totally lost its shlock-Hemingway appeal, and Neeson and Wilde get up to some believably wayward antics: games, one-upmanship, the kind of desire for each other that comes from old acquaintance rather than novelty.
She’s supposed to be a writer too, but your belief in that won’t outlast Wilde scampering naked through hotel corridors once Neeson playfully locks her out of his room. With that tush, who’d need to be literate? Who’d want to? [via GQ magazine]
The inference being that for a woman, intelligence and attractiveness are mutually exclusive. Always. That a pretty woman would be functionally illiterate because she’s skating by on her looks. Moreover, that women who are attractive do not have to work or try hard in life – and by extension that only “unattractive” women have to work hard.
The quotes went viral, including a writeup on feminist website Jezebel.com that was re-tweeted by Olivia herself. Olivia, the daughter of two journalists in real life, included a pointed response to Tom’s comments and to the magazine, “HA. Kiss my smart ass, GQ.”
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) junio 25, 2014
GQ magazine has responded to the backlash, and admitted they made a mistake with the “joke”. Tweeting “We blew it, @oliviawilde. We regret that boneheaded joke in Tom Carson’s “Third Person” review. So does he.”
We blew it, @oliviawilde. We regret that boneheaded joke in Tom Carson's "Third Person" review. So does he.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) junio 26, 2014