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The Sexy Celebrity Selfie Has to be the Tackiest Way in the World to Say, 'Look How Hot I Am!'

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | March 13, 2014 | Comments ()


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Last year, when Chris Pratt took a selfie of his new sculpted physique and posted it to Twitter, the Internet erupted with glee, but Pratt himself immediately felt weird about it. His friends called him a giant douchebag for doing so, and he ultimately agreed with them that it was a douchey move. I mean, what does a sexy selfie say ultimately except: “Look at how hot I am.”

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It’s tacky, no? Shouldn’t others be making that assessment? Should we not put ourselves in a position to allow others to draw the conclusion that we are sexy? It’s like being a millionaire and posting your bank balance or posting your SAT scores to show how smart you are.

Does Kim Kardashian look good in a bikini? Yes, yes she does. But whatever happened to a little reserve, a little, “You mean, this old thing?” while you rock that bikini bottom walking away? Confidence is great, but there’s a fine line between confidence and shamelessness.

It lacks dignity, man.

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Ricky Gervais understands. Right, Ricky?

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Anyway, this is what I thought when I saw Kim Kardashian’s selfie this morning. I’m overthinking this, aren’t I? I’m letting something insignificant needlessly bug me?

Probably. So it goes.



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  • MichaelRWorthingon

    Attention whores are celebrated in this world....so yes I agree but many people don't.

  • Eh, it's pretty much the hideously insecure nitwits of the celebrity population who do this kind of thing, so it doesn't bother me anymore than anything else they do.

    Wait, everything else they do bothers me. So there you go.

  • Vangie13

    Sorry. No way am I buying that KK photo as a selfie. Perfect lighting, graceful pose, beautiful background...nope.

  • RilesSD

    Dustin - stop ruining things for me.

  • e jerry powell

    Thinner Ricky Gervais is looking surprisingly hot, actually. I would have to hit that. Repeatedly.

  • chanohack

    So, I'm kind of a fan of selfies, KIND OF. I think for most people, they're a way to say hi to friends and show what they're doing in a way that often boosts their confidence. I think selfies are a way for MOST people to say, "Hey, this is me," and be comfortable with who they are and how they interact with the world. They shouldn't be perfect. They're nice, fun things that are in danger of being spoiled by people abusing them.

    If the point is "look how hot I am" (which is usually pretty obvious), or if the person needs to take like seven shots before getting one perfect enough to post, or if most of the comments are "u r soooooo gorgeous" and the poster treats people like gawking fans, then they suck. That said, is that Demi Moore? She looks damn good and if I were her I'd be posting that shit, too, with the caption, "SUCK IT, MORTALS."

  • Aaron

    In some ways the Chris Pratt photo was also good marketing. To play his part in Guardians of the Galaxy he does have to overcome the doughy image he's best known for on Parks and Rec.

  • Billybob

    Some* people need affirmation. The internet lets them get it. Why begrudge them that?

    *For "some people" read "everybody". If I had a camera, I'd photograph my abs every morning, just so I could compare them day to day.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Does this mean you're following Kim K on Twitter?

  • I think she got it from your re-tweet…that's how I saw it.

  • lowercase_ryan

    sick burn +1

  • ZombieNurse

    Sometimes people who do this just make me sad. I mean, it is absolutely possible to take a picture of yourself and post it without it seeming skeezy or pathetic. However, it's the people who take the pictures of themselves that might as well have a caption that says "Hey! Here's my ass! Look at it! Look at my ass! Tell me how hot my ass is! Boobs! I also have boobs! LOOK AT THE BOOBS!" that make me want to give them cookies and a snuggie and tell them that there is certainly more to them than what they look like.

  • manting

    except for Kim Kardashian. What talent does she possess? Why is she famous? Because she is attractive and made a sex tape. That is just sad.

  • Melina

    I think anyone can take a selfie and post it if they want to. We all smirk when a celeb says they were "awkward", "lanky" and a "dork" in high school. They say these stupid things because they don't want us to feel bad that they won the genetic lottery. These selfies are the true testament--they HAVE won the genetic lottery, they DO only eat a spoonful of chia seed, flax and any/all weird things that people claim are food whicht I continue to remain suspicious of. Cheers to you celebrity genetic freaks! You look great and I hate myself a little bit more...but at least you're being honest about it while you flaunt it and I applaud that far more than the fake nerd story/ or the even worse one, "I never work out or diet".

  • Jim

    Kardashian doesn't exist unless someone's looking at her. (Somewhat akin to Doctor Who's Weeping Angels.)

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    Schroedinger's Kat(face)?

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    Slow clap

  • Davis

    KK photoshops her pictures she's a mess

  • CptCrckpot

    Kardashian and Dignity shouldn't even be in the same Dictionary, much less the same sentence.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    I don't think anyone would mistake a Kardashian for possessing any dignity whatsoever.

  • mike

    Given that Kim Kardashian has no discernible talent or intellectual gift to offer society, and that her only claim to fame (other than getting African-American male celebrities to chase her) is having a nice body that she herself objectifies every chance she can get, there's nothing to her existence in the news BUT(T) her 'seflies'. Thus, to deny her the selfie is to deny her very existence. Click away Kim K, without pictorial proof that your ass does indeed still sit up high, we wouldn't know you at all.

  • The ONLY time it should be allowed is when it's someone who has lost a lot of weight and is showing their new body as a result of months and months of proper dieting and exercise.

    But if your body came from the genetic lotto, then it's a giant douchey thing to do.

  • Laura

    Or a surgeon?

  • Random_Disqus_Guy

    I agree with the point of this article. And yes, Kim K is a vapid, dim reality star with no discernible talent.

    But good God, that body.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    That's all it is. A body. A body that has contributed in a large part to the decline in our society's definition of success and hard work. A body that flaunts itself. No different in my eyes than a mannequin.

  • opiejuankenopie

    Gotta disagree with you there. It is more than just a body, which is unfortunate. If it was just a body, I could maybe derive some pleasure from looking at it. Maybe that's what happened the first time I saw a picture of her. But now... she has poisoned her own well. I can't look at a picture of any of the Kardashians without getting unreasonably angry.

  • opiejuankenopie

    I like that my spell checker underlines 'Kardashians' but then has no recommendations. It just knows that 'Kardashians' is wrong and shouldn't even be a word.

  • mzbitca

    call her vapid if you want and I hate the image she presents but she emerged at a time of paris hiltons and other people who wanted to be famous just to be famous and she's really the only one left standing. I hate what she chooses to be but as silly as it sounds, she knows what she's doing and she's good at what she does. She may suck, but she's not vapid. and Please never refer to a woman as just a body or a mannequin because you don't like their personality. De-humanizing a women into a sex object is a horrible way to think, and a horrible way to project to others about how to think about women they have no respect for. Hate her, don't turn her into a piece of meat please...

  • manting

    even if that's all she does to herself? So its ok for a women to base her entire life and career on being a sex object and a piece of meat but to say that she is doing exactly that is wrong?

  • mzbitca

    being sexy and being desireable is not the same as being a piece of meat. One is a human choosing to utilize her looks and their appeal as a selling point the other says someone who does that is not worthy of the designation of human

  • manting

    You are right being sexy and desirable is not the same as being a piece of meat. BUT, once you sell yourself time and again as only sexy and desirable then you are making YOURSELF into a piece of meat. Kim Kardashian is the pinnacle of this, but certainly not the only man or women or hobbit who does this.

  • becks2point0

    Yeah, I have to say, when you're born looking like that (or work or pay for parts of it) then you're doing a service to allow the rest of us to ogle it. Her body is incredible. If anything I think she should stop talking before she stops posting bikini photos.

    That picture just gave me the inspiration to hit the gym at lunch.

  • It's one thing to take one of these and share it with your friends. Maybe you got a new haircut or your outfit is really cool or you want to show the progress you've made after spending all that time in the gym. Heck, I have a friend who posts pics of how her legs are healing after knee surgery. But I don't know anyone besides celebrities and teenagers who tweet those things to the world just to get the "OMG u r soooo hawt!" responses.

  • chanohack

    I know a few, but they act like teenagers, so your point still stands.

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