Comedic actress Amy Schumer put aside all modesty and good sense to participate in the 43rd annual Pirelli Calendar as Miss December. The 2016 edition is supposed to feature women of “outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment.” Pardon me for not actually posting the pictures in their entirely, but this writer has a vested interest in injecting SOME decency into the American narrative.
(If there was ever a reason to just get a little desk tear off calendar with jokes or the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, this would be it.)
The reviews from the “gentlemen” on FreeRepublic tell us something about unrealized American expectations of nude or nearly nude modelling in regards to the Amy Shumer pic featuring the youngish woman in all of her normal sized, regular, healthy female glory wearing impossibly high heels, sheer underthings, and otherwise covering the goods with her arm and a coffee cup.
Burn out your eyes moment. – C19fan
Egads! She looks more like Holly Holms and less like Rhonda Rousy. Still, she looks like she can kick my backside in a street-fight. – Cletus.D.Yokel
Eye Bleach! Aaaaargh! – tet68
Shit. I never saw sideways abs. Maybe they call them fat-folds. That slag gives skanks a bad name. – Gaffer
Okay, say you’re going to pose naked for a public document. Why would you choose a pose that accentuates your rolls of fat? – Last Dakotan
And it goes downhill from there. After all, Pirelli is a tire company, and the cracks were too much for the smart mouths to resist. Schumer might be a liberal featherhead, and Senator Chuck Schumer’s niece, but she’s still a woman. Being more of a drooler over David Beckham, and most other soccer and men’s water polo bodies, really, this writer has no reference on which to judge what is deemed attractive to men who are used to airbrushed perfection.
Really, from a woman’s perspective, the Amy Schumer pic is tasteless, but shows the girl as she really is: not touched up and not a mixed martial arts “star”. The bigger issue should be the artistic merit of the photograph…there’s more than some other nude photography, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. The choice of that specific shot doesn’t say much for Annie Leibovitz, the photographer, but then this is pop culture, not high art.
In addition to Ms. Schumer, other featured women “of accomplishment” include the truly accomplished Serena Williams, the “what accomplishments” widow of John Lennon Yoko Ono, Kathleen Kennedy, Patti Smith, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, and a bunch of other women most Americans who worry about terrorism and the economy have never heard of. All but Schumer and Williams kept their clothes on.