Parody cover/poster created by me from Sports Illustrated cover & Deadpool promo poster.
Strangely, a big deal is being made about Sports Illustrated featuring plus-size model Ashley Graham on its fabled annual Swimsuit Issue. (They hedged their bets, also giving covers to famous athlete Ronda Rousey and to minus-size—but not where it counts—model Hailey Clauson.)
I don't get it—she is a total bombshell. She may not be petite, but I have a hard time believing many man would take a look at her and decide she was too big for anything but maybe a size 2.
It's a good thing, don't get me wrong, but it's odd what passes for feminism and progress these days. Gloria Steinem makes one unfortunate joke and people want to sweep her into the dustbin of history, while putting a curvy girl on the cover of SI is a major breakthrough. Good to know.
Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool (Image via Fox)
Speaking of progress and the perception of beauty, I saw and liked Deadpool—I hate superhero movies, but it was fresh and funny. I get the appeal. Lots of nudity, including the already famous scene in which Ryan Reynolds fights nude.
But the entire point of the movie is that he has been made to look hideous and is on a bloody rampage to find a way to look like less of a “freak.” The whole movie is un-PC; it's not that I'm complaining about it on a PC level. I just think that part of it feels dated. It reminded me of that old Alfred Hitchcock Hour in which Lee Majors (inset) plays a young guy who is killed in a car crash, and whose parents realize they have several wishes. Their first wish proveS that the wishing is horrifyingly, ironically literal, and yet his mom wishes her son alive, not realizing this would mean he would rise from the grave, horrific injuries and all. The father quickly wishes his son dead again, presumably to spare Mom from seeing her son so horribly disfigured.
I guess having seen plenty of disfigured vets, it just seems like ... isn't being alive worth looking kinda rough? And to be honest, Ryan Reynolds looks fucking hot even with the movie-magic makeup.
But a good movie anyway.