Rashida Jones Slams Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna & Lady Gaga; Responds To Backlash For 'Slutshaming'
While responding to the backlash she received for "slutshaming" musicians, Parks & Recreation actress Rashida Jones said she was not insults specific stars, but rather just referring to their reliance on sexual imagery.
In a new essay in Glamour, Jones recalled all of the backlash she received when she tweeted on Oct. 19 "celebrities should stop acting like whores."
When she tweeted that society should reconsider what its "considers the norm," in regards to the rampant of women showing off an ample about of skin in the entertainment industry, her fans responded in a surprisingly negative way.
She revealed that one Twitter user responded, "Stop policing how women dress #slutshaming," while another tweeted, "I used to look up to you for being a highly educated actress but now I think you're a bit of a misogynist."
"I was shocked by the responses," Jones confessed. "I'm not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of 'slut-shaming,' being anti-woman, and judging women's sex lives crushed me."
The actress said she was inspired to write her Twitter comments after she and her sisters were shocked at the alarming amount of media images they saw featuring celebrities baring their skin. She described the massive amount of highly sexual imagery as "the Year of the Very Visible Vagina."
Jones cited pop star Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj -- who is known for going topless and showing her backside in a thong on Instagram -- as examples of women she thought were guilty of the massive sexual imagery. She included Robin Thicke's controversial Blurred Lines video.
"That was at the end of October, a month that had already brought us the Miley Cyrus cross-continental twerk-a-thon and Nicki Minaj's Halloween pasties. With the addition of Rihanna writhing on a pole in her Pour It Up video, and Lady Gaga's butt-crack cover art for the song that goes 'Do what you want with my body,' I was just done. I'd had enough," Jones wrote.
The actress then asked, "Every star interprets 'sexy' the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly...boring. Can't I just like a song without having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates?"
Jones considers herself a feminist who respects women that choose to express themselves in ways they are most comfortable with, but claims she is also disappointed that celebrities "use their sexiness to make money."
The rampant images in the media of women using their sexuality to bolster their brand have reached a point of "oversaturation," she stated.
"Three sexual innuendos is OK; eight is overkill. When it comes to porn imagery and pop culture, we have a tonnage issue."
Jones will be writing more frequently for Glamour next year in her own column for the magazine.
Her hit NBC comedy show, Parks & Recreation, is currently airing its sixth season.