Saturday, June 22, 2024

Unbreakable MEAN GIRLS: A Study of Tina Fey’s Portrayal of (Self) Sexualized Teens (Part 2)


We concluded part 1 with: [I]ntrigued by Fey’s work, I decided to view the [Mean Girls] Broadway musical and read Fey's libretto, which were based on the 2004 film. I streamed Mean Girls (2004). And I watched Mean Girls (2024) - a film that was, of course, co-written by Fey and based on Fey’s Broadway musical. Below, before discussing Fey’s Mr. Mayor (2021), I profiled Karen and Regina. And I covered a number of motifs of the theme of self-sexualized teens such as teens in age-gap relationships, teen Girls Gone Wild, and what I refer to as teen lipstick lesbianism (i.e., seemingly heterosexual teens participating in girl-on-girl sexual situations).


Karen

Here’s the synopsis for Mean Girls (2004) from Rotten Tomatoes:

Teenage Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed "the Plastics," but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.

We previously related that, due to a tingle in her breasts, 16-year-old Karen (Amanda Seyfried) could forecast when it was going to rain. But before Karen shared that titillating information with Cady, Karen admitted, "I can put my whole fist in my mouth!” And she asked, “Wanna see?" 


Mean Girls (2004) | Karen

Later in the film, as a girls’ locker room prank, a student cut the parts of Karen’s top that covered Karen’s nipples. Surprisingly, Karen kept the top on, boldly bounced out of the locker room, and commenced a raunchy fashion trend at school. 

In the Libretto Vocal Book Mean Girls: High School Version (Revised July 2022) and on the Broadway stage, during the “Meet the Plastics” song, Karen sang that her tiny skirt barely covered her “perky” heinie. (In general, on Broadway, the Plastics wore really short skirts and\or very tight pants.)

KAREN

MY NAME IS KAREN. MY HAIR IS SHINY. 

MY TEETH ARE PERFECT. MY SKIRT IS TINY. 

IT BARELY COVERS MY PERKY HEINY.


During the Broadway musical, theatergoers learned why Karen drew the attention of potential theatergoers to her bouncing teen breasts in the trailer. It turned out that Karen's behavior was prompted by Jason whom said that he could "guess any girl's bra size" by having her "jump one time". Consequently, Karen exclaimed, "Do me!", she opened her jacket, and jumped more than one time. 


Mean Girls on Broadway | Karen

JASON W.

Hey, New Girl, you wanna see a trick? I can guess any girl's bra size. All you gotta do is jump one time-

GRETCHEN

Ew, Jason- 

KAREN

Do me!


As we mention in the introduction, theatergoers learned via Gretchen that Karen was very sexually active, because despite only being 16-years-old, Gretchen related to Cady that Karen “had sex with eleven people”.

GRETCHEN 

Are you a virgin?

CADY

What?

GRETCHEN

You don’t have to tell me. But just know that I’m very trustworthy. Karen’s had sex with eleven people and I’ve never told anyone.


Mean Girls on Broadway | Karen

During “Sexy”, Karen sang that being the “hot one” is a “full time gig”, because it takes a lot of time and energy to satisfy peoples’ desires; however, Karen confessed that it was her prerogative to be sexy. While performing “Sexy”, Karen danced licentiously on the Broadway stage in a pair of bra and panties with the panties barely covered by a sheer camisole. And at one point during “Sexy”, Karen turned around, lifted her camisole, and  revealed her panties to the audience. 

(KAREN)

WHEN YOU ARE THE HOT ONE,

IT'S' A FULL TIME GIG,

LOOKING LIKE WHAT PEOPLE WANNA SEE.

KAREN

I CAN BE WHO I WANNA BE, AND SEXY

KAREN

THIS IS MODERN FEMINISM TALKIN’:

I EXPECT TO RUN THE WORLD

IN SHOES I CANNOT WALK IN. 

I CAN BE WHO I WANT TO BE… 

AND SEX,

SEX, 

SEXY!


Interestingly, and in yet another display of Fey’s lack of naiveté as it relates to sexualized teens, Karen intentionally exposed her bra, because she was “going for a look”. However, Karen did not specify if the look was: "girl who’s slept with eleven people".


REGINA

Karen, I can see your bra.

KAREN 

It's on purpose. I'm going for a look.

REGINA

Is it "girl who’s slept with eleven people"? ‘Cause you're nailing it. 


Note that in the high school version of the libretto, Fey, ironically, offered an alternative “suggestion” for certain lines in the musical to the high school students playing high school students. For example, instead of Regina asking, “Is it "girl who’s slept with eleven people"? ‘Cause you're nailing it.” Fey suggested that a high school student could say, “If it’s ‘girl who hooked up with eleven people’ you’re nailing it,” thereby reminding theater kids that teen oral sex is less provocative than teen sex. 


In the song “Stop!”, Karen sang that when she was 13, she sent “nude pics” to a boy she had “a huge crush on”, but Karen forgot to crop the pics, which were posted on Amateurtweens. 

KAREN

STOP.

WHEN YOU HAVE A HUGE CRUSH ON A BOY

AND HE ASKS YOU TO "SEND NUDE PICS" 

AND YOU'RE LIKE, "WOW HE LIKES ME!"

AND SO YOU SEND THEM BUT DON'T CROP YOUR HEAD OFF 

'CAUSE YOU'RE ONLY 13 AND DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER

AND I GUESS HIS FRIENDS SHARED 'EM

‘CAUSE NOW YOU'RE ALL OVER A PORN SITE 

CALLED AMATEURTWEENS.


Consequently, Karen informed theatergoers, "Now I only get naked with people in person! Also someone should teach boys not to do that in the first place." (At the Broadway performance that I saw, a number of people in the audience started clapping and hooting after those lines.)


Rhetorical question: Did Fey base Karen on Danielle Miller and Gabrielle Bluestone’s New York magazine piece: "What Danielle Miller learned at Horace Mann and Rikers"? (FEB. 9, 2022) In the piece, Bluestone related:


In 2004, when Miller was in eighth grade, a boy she had a crush on dared her in an AIM message to prove she wasn’t a “prude.” She grabbed the new Sony VAIO laptop her father had given her for Christmas and propped it on the ledge of her shower stall. She disrobed, picked up the handle of a Swiffer mop, and pressed record. She made three sexual videos in all and emailed them to the boy.


The boy forwarded the clips to Miller’s best friend, who in turn sent them to two people, and soon it had reached everyone that they knew. It spread rapidly from there. 


The videos hadn’t circulated just among New York’s private-school students and their friends [...] The videos also ended up on the file-sharing programs LimeWire and Kazaa. 


Unfortunately, we may never know if Fey based Karen on Swiffer Girl.


Mean Girls (2024)

Here's the synopsis posted on Rotten Tomatoes for Mean Girls (2024):

From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, MEAN GIRLS. New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called "The Plastics," ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina's crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group's apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli'i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.


Mean Girls (2024) | Karen

Recall that on Broadway, after Karen exclaimed, “Do me!”, she opened her jacket, and bounced up and down in a manner that drew attention to her bouncing breasts. In the 2024 film version of Mean Girls, Karen (Avantika) performed "Sexy" during a Halloween party where she bounced up and down in a manner that drew attention to her bouncing breasts, which were partially covered by a bra; however, unlike Broadway's Karen, who performed "Sexy" in pair of panties, Karen (Avantika) performed "Sexy" in a pair of black spandex shorts.


Mean Girls (2024) | Karen

And to give moviegoers and streamers a clear view of her shorts, Karen (Avantika) bent over and lifted her camisole to reveal a letter B, a ghost, and a pumpkin (i.e., BOO) that were displayed across her derrière. 

Just like in the musical, in the 2024 film, Regina informed “Karen, I can see your bra.” Karen replied, “It’s on purpose. I’m going for a look.” And Regina asked, “Is it ‘girl who slept with 11 people’? ‘Cause you’re nailing it.” But this raises the question: Why did Fey add this salacious motif to the musical and 2024 film, because there was no apparent indication from the 2004 film that Karen was a teen nymphomaniac. On the other hand, Karen (Amanda Seyfried) did inform Cady, "I can put my whole fist in my mouth!” 


Mean Girls (2024) | Gretchen Squats

Lastly, as it relates to Karen, in the 2024 film, while Karen filmed a social media post, Gretchen, in the background, stopped typing on her phone to analyze her derriere that was wrapped tightly in a pair of black spandex shorts. Unhappy with the extent of her buttock's bulge, Gretchen proceeded to perform squats.

Unbreakable MEAN GIRLS: A Study of Tina Fey’s Portrayal of (Self) Sexualized Teens 

(Part 3)

Unbreakable MEAN GIRLS: A Study of Tina Fey’s Portrayal of (Self) Sexualized Teens (Part 1)


Before Tina Fey created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mr. Mayor and wrote the Mean Girls oeuvre, she was a cast member and writer for Saturday Night Live. A study of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mean Girls, and Mr. Mayor revealed that Fey's works included a number of portrayals of self-sexualized teens. In other words, Fey's teens freely and openly engaged in alluring sexual activity. For example, 16-year-old Karen of Mean Girls had consensual sex with eleven different partners. When Karen was 13, she sexted nudes to a boy, which were posted on Amateurtweens.com. And Karen wore skirts that barely covered her "perky" heinie. What follows is a study of Fey's portrayal of self-sexualized teens. 

In 2021, a Gen Z-er, with whom I share a common sense of humor, suggested that I watch Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015). Here’s James Hake’s IMDB storyline of the comedy series:

After being rescued from an underground bunker in which she lived the past fifteen years, Kimmy Schmidt decides to move to New York City to have a normal life. She makes friends with her new roommate Titus, and works as a babysitter for Jacqueline Voorhees, the wife of a billionaire with many issues. Even though many obstacles are thrown her way, Kimmy makes the best of her new life while adapting to the new world around her.

On the second episode of the premiere season, "Kimmy Gets a Job!" (2015), which was co-written by Fey, 15-year-old Xanthippe Voorhees and Simone, Xanthippe's bestie, were playing "vodka shotzee" when Simone, a modelesque (honey) blond, got alcohol poisoning. 


Xanthippe warned that they couldn't have Simone's stomach pumped at the hospital, because Simone's dad was running for Congress. Consequently. Kimmy made a vomit inducing concoction, but she advised Simone to see a doctor to which Xanthippe replied, "Her boyfriend's an ophthalmologist, but he's on vacation with his wife." That’s correct. Simone, who streamers could confidently infer was 15 too, had a boyfriend who was a married ophthalmologist!


Later in the episode, Simone shared, "You guys, I was showering [post sex] with Dr. Jerry, and he told me he hates his wife,” to which Xanthippe exclaimed, "You're so lucky!"



Not to be outdone, Xanthippe shared, to Kimmy's utter surprise, that she had sex with a blond surfer on a California beach while visiting her grandparents to which Simone related, "I have sex when I visit my grandparents too." However, Xanthippe and Simone did not clarify if they were having age-gap (outdoor) sex while visiting their grandparents. 



On “Kimmy's in a Love Triangle!” (season 01 episode 10), which was co-written by Fey, Xanthippe was informed that, due to an impending divorce, she had to move back to Connecticut with her birth mother since Jacqueline was her step-mother. Consequently, Xanthippe pleaded with Kimmy to help her find a way to remain in New York City. Xanthippe said that her entire life would be taken away by moving to Connecticut. For example, she would lose her school and friends. And she would lose her dad’s friend whom gave her jewelry in exchange for her old retainers. Xanthippe implored, "Imagine you're 15. One day your whole life gets taken from you. Your school. Your friends. Your dad's friend who buys you jewelry when you send him your old retainers."  



And later in the episode, Xanthippe shared that she “made out with Cheshire a couple times” but then she suddenly came to the realization that Cheshire was using her to conceal his incestuous relationship. Xanthippe, “Oh, my God. He doesn’t like me. He’s just using me so his parents don’t find out he’s hooking up with his sister.”




About a year after I streamed Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid, I read Jake Viswanath’s post on Bustle: "Amanda Seyfried Reflects On Mean Girls [2004] & 'Gross' Remarks That Men Made After It" (May 11, 2022) For some context, in the film, that was co-written by Fey, 16-year-old Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) could tell when it was going to rain due to a feeling in her fountains.



While squeezing her teen breasts, Karen shared with Cady, "My breasts can always tell when it's gonna rain." Consequently, Karen was given the role of North Shore High School’s weatherwoman, and she reported, "Hi. This is Karen Smith. It's 68 degrees." And as she massaged her right and then left breast, she reported, "And there's a 30 percent chance that it's already raining."

Viswanath wrote that Seyfried said that some male fans took the joke that Fey wrote "too far in real life" and that some fans “crossed a line into catcalling”. (Note that Seyfried implied that if she were not a nymphet, the catcalling would not have been gross.) Viswanath wrote:


Karen Smith from Mean Girls is a bonafide meteorologist icon, but sometimes, fans took the joke too far in real life. Amanda Seyfried, who played Karen, just revealed how male fans would often ask her if it was raining after the premiere of Mean Girls in 2004 [...] Fans’ references to the joke often crossed a line into catcalling, especially given Seyfried’s age at the time. “I always felt really grossed out by that,” Seyfried told Marie Claire in an interview published on May 11. “I was, like, 18 years old. It was just gross.”


However, Seyfried had nothing but nice words to say about Mark Waters, whom directed Seyfried to massage her teen breasts, and Tina Fey, whom wrote Seyfried's lascivious lines. Seyfried said that Waters made her "look good", she said that Fey "[...] wrote the coolest script of all time.", and she referred to her performance in the film as her “best work”. Viswanath wrote:


Despite the gross comments she received, Seyfried has only positive memories from filming Mean Girls, the movie that put her on the map, even calling it her “best work” in 2013 [...] it was written so well and so wonderfully directed. Mark Waters (the director) made me look good, he made me funny. And Tina Fey wrote the coolest script of all time. I’m so grateful for every experience.”



But it wasn’t until I saw the trailer on YouTube for Mean Girls (2018), the Broadway musical, that I began to see a pattern in Fey's writing and the portrayal of a self-sexualized teen. In the trailer for the musical, which Fey wrote the book for, Karen opened her jacket in the high school's cafeteria and jumped up and down in a suggestive manner, which drew the attention of the potential theatergoers to her bouncing teen breasts.

Thus, intrigued by Fey’s work, I decided to view the Broadway musical and read Fey's libretto, which were based on the 2004 film. I streamed Mean Girls (2004). And I watched Mean Girls (2024) - a film that was, of course, co-written by Fey and based on Fey’s Broadway musical. Below, before discussing Fey’s Mr. Mayor (2021), I profiled Karen and Regina. And I covered a number of motifs of the theme of self-sexualized teens such as teens in age-gap relationships, teen Girls Gone Wild, and what I refer to as teen lipstick lesbianism (i.e., seemingly heterosexual teens participating in girl-on-girl sexual situations).


Unbreakable MEAN GIRLS: A Study of Tina Fey’s Portrayal of (Self) Sexualized Teens (Part 2)


Saturday, June 15, 2024

Famous Age-Gap Couple: Bill Belichick (72) and 24-Year-Old Ex-Cheerleader Jordon Hudson

TMZ Sports posted: "Bill Belichick Dating 24-Year-Old Ex-Cheerleader Jordon Hudson" (6/14/2024) In the post, TMZ Sports related that, per one of Hudson's former cheerleading teammates72-year-old Belichick and Hudson first met when Hudson was 21. In addition, TMZ Sports related that Hudson cheered for Belichick at Gillette Stadium during the '22 and '23 seasons

Sources close to the situation tell us the two have been romantic for a while now [...]

According to one of Hudson's former cheerleading teammates, Hudson first met the 72-year-old on a flight from the Boston area bound for Florida way back in 2021 ... and bonded over a philosophy project the student-athlete had been working on.

We're told they swapped contact information after landing, and stayed friendly through the ensuing months ... discussing her school work and the X's and O's of her cheerleading routines.

[...] our sources say Hudson quietly supported Belichick at his games at Gillette Stadium throughout the '22 and '23 seasons.

Reportedly, Belichick returned the favor by cheering for Hudson during the March 2024 Coastal at the Capitol cheerleading competition. 

Specifically, one of Hudson's Bridgewater State University classmates shared with TMZ that, after the age-gap couple met but before they exchanged contact information, Belichick autographed Hudon's Deductive Logic book with the following message:

Feb 11, 2021

Jordan,

Thanks for giving me a 

course on logic! Safe travels!

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick (72) and Jordon Hudson (24) in New Orleans

In addition, the age-gap couple was spotted at a business meeting in Croatia. Last August, they were spotted strolling, post-dinner, in New Orleans. And they attended Tom Brady's Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Bill Belichick (72) and Jordon Hudson (24) Board the VIII Rings


Most recently, the Daily Mail posted: "Bill Belichick, 72, and girlfriend Jordon Hudson, 24, seen together for the first time aboard his boat in Nantucket" (19 June 2024)


In the post, Emma James wrote that the "relaxed" age-gap couple took "an early morning spin on" on Belichick's VIII Rings while Hudson looked "chic" in a pair of "white lacy shorts":

Ex-Patriot's coach Bill Belichick was spotted with his 24-year-old girlfriend for the first time since their relationship was made public – enjoying the sunshine on his boat in Nantucket on Wednesday [...]

Belichick, 72, took his young squeeze for an early morning spin on his $225,000 powerboat, named VIII Rings for his eight Super Bowl titles (six as head coach in New England and the two he previously won as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator). 

Exclusive photos show Hudson and Belichick looking relaxed in each other's company as they climbed off the vessel

Hudson looked chic in an off the shoulder black top, with white lacy shorts, paired with glasses and sandals for their morning on the water.

Could an age-gap marriage for Belichick and Hudson be forthcoming? Because, Hudson doesn't appear to be into yachting?