WTF likes to think of herself as a liberal. Her credentials are impeccable. She lives in Islington. She supports the same football team as the Leader of the Opposition. She is in favour of the Human Rights Act, nationalising the utilities and the train companies, and reforming the House of Lords. But try as she may, she cannot get to grips with the concept of Jewface. And she is Jewish. This week, there was another storm about a non Jewish actor playing Jews. Dame Maureen Lipman objected to Dame Helen Mirren playing Golda Meir, Jews various protested at Cillian Murphy playing Robert Oppenheimer and now we are supposed to be all of a flutter about Bradley Cooper playing Leonard Bernstein, complete with a prosthetic nose.
Now there are two parts to this argument. The first is whether anyone should wear a prosthetic nose when playing a Jew, because it enhances the stereotype of the hook nosed, greasy- faced figure beloved by anti-semites everywhere across the ages. As it happens, some Jews have big noses and some don’t. As far as WTF can tell, Bernstein did not have a particularly large nose and the prop seems unnecessary. Or they could have just found another actor with a bigger nose, not that that would have happened given that Cooper is also the director. But the second question is why should only Jewish actors be allowed to play Jews? Does this also mean that Jewish actors cannot play Christians? How far does this go? Are only gay actors allowed to play gays? Are only Catholic actors allowed to play Catholics? Are only Muslims actors allowed to play Muslims and only Hindu actors allowed to play Hindus? Are only trans actors allowed to play trans people? What happened to acting? And this is not the same as blackface, both because of the history of the treatment of people of colour and the need to further opportunities. Extension of opportunity may also apply to disabled actors. But to object to all actors who do not share the characteristics of the people they are playing is simply silly. And precious. And actually rather embarrassing. It seems that we have become very small and insular as a society and frankly WTF is finding it tiresome.
And whilst we’re on the subject, cancelling performers on the grounds of their gender critical views is equally obnoxious. This is what has happened to Graham Linehan at the Edinburgh Festival. If you don’t want to see the guy, don’t bloody go. But don’t stop others going who do want to see him. It’s called free speech. It’s called the right to hold views that may be different to your own. The fear of offending others should not be a reason to deny freedom of speech.
We start our review of the week’s abysmal attire with motor racing driver Sir Lewis Hamilton wearing Versace in Barcelona.
Not just Versace. £1,940 worth of Versace. Which is a lot of money to pay to look like a perambulating lime soda.
Now to Variety’s Young Hollywood where we meet singer Leah Kate wearing something frightful.
That ‘skirt’ is ridiculous. If Cleopatra went to a fancy-dress party as a Minge Moment, this is what she would look like. because that is what the skirt looks like. There is groin a-g0-go and her tits come with their own sleeping mask.
And welcome to Stupid Footwear Week where two people who should have known better, starting with DJ and singer Diplo wearing an outfit by Knicks and boots by MSCHF.
WHAT THE FUCK ARE THOSE BOOTS???? They could not look any more ridiculous. Why is he trying to emulate Paddington Bear? I mean, it’s not very cool, is it?
And if you thought that was ridiculous, say hello to singer and designer Victoria Beckham wearing even more stupid boots. And they cost $450.
As if a pair of Crocs had had sex with an Emmental cheese.
It was about 100 degrees in Florence last week so why Kanye is wrapped up like a parcel, WTF cannot say. Bianca, on the other hand, is very unwrapped. The skirt looks like a cardboard toilet roll tube about to slip south and the top does not look like a top because it is not a top, not even at all, and is basically no more than a gauzy nipple holder.
And what the hell is that The Handmaid’s Tale head covering?
Finally,we have heavily pregnant Kourtney Kardashian, newly Mrs Travis Smith, wearing Laquan Smith. Not that ‘wearing’ is the appropriate sword…..
Rihanna had a lot to answer for. She was the one who started flashing her bump all over the place. Kourtney has gone one better, or should that be worse, by adding a double side order of groin and using the belt of the jacket as a Minge Mask. The jacket itself seems to have been designed for a bump-bearing orangutang in silver stilettos.
This week’s It’s Got To Go comes from WTF aficionado Sue Peters who objects and with every justification, to these hideous Halloween – style sandals. They are by Temu and they cost £9 99, which is £9 98 too much.
Frankly, you would be better off buying a pumpkin, carving the sandals and eating the pumpkin. And you would have about £8 left over as well. It’s Got To Go.
OK Readers, that’s your lot for this week. Please keep sending in your suggestions for It’s Got To Go and your top comments, which WTF likes more than anything. Let us meet again next Friday. Be good x