Not too long ago I created quite a stir by publishing an article that called into question why everyone goes on and on about Halle Berry’s beauty and acting talent. While I never at any point said that Halle Berry isn’t attractive at all, I did raise questions about why she is treated as if she’s the hottest female star to ever hit Hollywood. Frankly, I just think she’s kind of plain. Maybe I was just being naïve, but I really didn’t expect to get hit with accusations of racism, but alas I was. Frankly, I considered this to be rather odd since Halle Berry doesn’t exactly look as if she just stepped out of Nigeria; she’s a rather lightly colored woman of color. However, the problem was all mine; I accept responsibility for having compared Ms. Berry’s beauty only to white women. I really don’t expect racism to be the focus of this follow-up article, but who knows?
Why is Scarlett Johansson considered such hot stuff? Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I do consider Halle Berry to be more attractive than Scarlett Johansson. And, frankly, by a wide margin. As much as I don’t get the attention given to Halle Berry in the beauty department, I am consistently stunned by the attention given to Johansson. When she was named the Sexist Woman Alive in 2006 by some magazine-the fact that the periodical named Johansson the sexiest woman alive disqualifies them being worthy of being mentioned by name-I nearly vomited. Okay, not really, but I had to look twice to make sure it wasn’t some kind of Onion parody. I don’t want to sit here and give a critique of Scarlett Johansson’s face or body because it would be pointless; either you agree that she’s hot stuff or you don’t. Maybe it’s simply a case of my not being that familiar with her. I must confess the only Scarlett Johansson movie I’ve seen-aside from the tragic SpongeBob SquarePants Movie-is The Man Who Wasn’t There. I didn’t even know it was her! So I cannot comment on her acting ability, but I have seen her on magazine covers and movie trailers and such and, well, I just don’t get it.
She’s got those butt-ugly Angelina Jolie oversized lips that seem to be a necessity to make it in Hollywood today and which the ad industry has somehow managed to turn into a sign of great beauty, so maybe that’s it. Otherwise, I simply cannot figure it out. I mean, come on, is there really any difference at all between Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron? I think they’re the same person. And I don’t remember Charlize Theron ever being named Sexiest Woman Alive. With good reason.
Maybe I’ve just been spoiled by living in a town overflowing with good looking ladies. Or maybe I determine what’s attractive not by what the American media decides beauty should be. We keep getting stories about how models and actresses are too thin yet at the same time we keep getting movies and TV shows starring actresses and models who are too thin. Practically every actress in Hollywood has gone under the knife, including Halle Berry. (Don’t believe me? Check out how significantly different Halle’s nose looked in the 80s compared to how it looks now and if you don’t think she underwent plastic surgery then I imagine you also believe Michael Jackson has only had a little surgery and O.J. Simpson is looking for the real killers.) Wouldn’t it be wonderful if young actresses didn’t’ think they had to change their looks to be considered attractive? And wouldn’t it be even better if they spent more time learning how to act and less time working on being closer to some ridiculous and nebulous ideal of beauty?