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There's a Lot to Hate About That Margot Robbie Profile, And Twitter's Got All of It Covered

By Vivian Kane | Twitter | July 6, 2016 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Twitter | July 6, 2016 |


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The cover story in this month’s Vanity Fair would like to welcome us all to “the summer of Margot Robbie.” Unfortunately for Robbie, through absolutely no fault of her own, the way the magazine’s Rich Cohen paints that summer is a scene made up of unrelenting, absurd bullshit.

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The internet has spent much of its day today rightfully handing Cohen’s ass back to him. People are pissed over— to start with— the article’s oblivious condescension when discussing the naive, magical island sprites known to most of us as “Australians.”

But it’s not just Australians he insulted with almost impressive incognizance. He’s awful to women, too! Remember when Amy Schumer totally nailed the tone of almost every profile of a young female star, as written by male interviewers?

“I’ve been doing a lot of press in the last couple of years, and I knew it would be a fun place to satirize a little.” Like how? “Well, there’s a little bit about how, when they profile a girl, it’s always right on the precipice of, like, ‘We almost fucked.’ Like, ‘She walked in, and her nipples were just a little hard, and she ordered a whiskey because her throat hurt.’ “

Yup, this is exactly that. Like, so close to being satire, but instead it’s just really, really sad.

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Twitter’s been tearing Cohen apart all day for this, but let’s just let Roxane Gay do the job of a thousand tweets:

This is clearly terrible, but is it any better if you just change the whole thing entirely? No, it is not.

Well, at least they tried.


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