Psst, hey, Marilyn Monroe’s image as a freewheeling sexpot was a carefully constructed lie. The real Marilyn Monroe was a roiling tragedy and her life was an indictment of our society as a whole. She was orphaned after her mother had a schizophrenic breakdown, bounced around between foster homes where she was sexually abused, and married a 21-year-old at 16 to get out of being sent to an orphanage. Hugh Hefner published nude photos of her without her consent that were taken when she was 23 and desperate. She suffered severe anxiety and depression, which she coped with by drinking and using barbiturates, and was already a full-blown addict when she became famous in the mid-50s. Her career was one of exploitation, condescension and alienation, and she killed herself at 36. That Hugh Hefner, a man who was at best an unpleasant footnote in her life, felt entitled to be buried next to her is one more humiliation in a pop cultural landscape we should all be ashamed of.
“Please don’t make me a joke… I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one… I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity..”
- Marilyn Monroe, last taped interview, days before her death
She deserved better than this
Can I just also say, in addition to all this, that I’m still pissed off about the fact that Joe DiMaggio swooped in and gave Marilyn a Christian funeral before her Rabbi could return from a trip overseas? ‘Cause that shit is fucked up.
So many men who claimed to be in love with her, and not one could fucking respect her wishes, even in death.
“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”” — Marilyn MonroeAlso:
As one of the biggest Ella Fitzgerald fans, she literally helped desegregate her performances. Ella was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race.ALSO:
Ella Fitzgerald: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” thisisnotmyfairytaleendingg (Source: dmvnessa)
In August 1956, Monroe began filming The Prince and the Showgirl, with Laurence Olivier staring and directing. The production was complicated by conflicts between him and Monroe. He angered her with the patronizing statement “All you have to do is be sexy” and his attempts to get her to replicate Vivien Leigh’s interpretation.
She became pregnant and miscarried during the production, which heavily worsened her depression and increased her drug abuse.
A L S O , I will never forget watching a documentary about her once and, speaking about her marriage with Arthur Miller, the narrator said, verbatim: “America’s Brain had married America’s Body”. Like, literally, because he was a famous writer, he was entitled to personhood; she, being an actress, and a beautiful woman, was reduced to being “a body”. I have never been more enraged with her portrayal in the media. If you want to be dismissive of her, literally come for you.
She was also chronically ill her whole life: she suffered from endometriosis with pain so debilitating that a clause was written into her contracts accounting for the days when she would not physically be able to work during her periods.
She was on courses of strong medication, had invasive surgery to try and limit the damage caused, and despite trying for a baby numerous times, suffered many miscarriages because of her condition. The miscarriages especially sent her into deep depression, since she desperately wanted to be a mother.
There is speculation that the condition may have been one of the triggers in her drug dependency as well, because when you have endo, you will take whatever you can to stop. it. hurting.
Marilyn Monroe was smart and strong as hell in a world that saw her as a sexy doll and nothing more.
She deserves better
Marilyn was a founding member of the Hollywood branch of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy and had lifelong left-wing political views with a particular emphasis on racial equality. She formed her own independent production company that survived for several years and earned a credit as an executive producer on several films. Additionally, she was not only concerned for workers rights, she acted for them, using her own fame to stop staff being unfairly sacked from several of her films. She was a loyal, kind woman and her early death remains a great tragedy. Worse still, as OP notes, is the co-opting of her image by exactly the sort of people she would have loathed in life.
anyway taylor swift (the persona, the brand, the projected version from her art) is gay even if She isn’t. the themes in her music like secret love, forbidden crushes, longing, disapproving parents, disapproving society, the knowledge that once you give into your desire there is no way to return from it and the desire to escape somewhere where your love will be celebrated rather than discouraged are ALL extremely queer in nature and could literally be found in most LGBT literature it’s only natural that a lot of gay people would latch onto that and have it resonate with them. the insistence that gay people should listen to “actual” gay artists rather than what resonates with them emotionally (not to mention the fact that you can listen to more than one artist at a time) just shows not only a lack of critical thinking skills but also a lack of actual insight to taylor’s music and the queer themes within it!
Thinking abt how Dani tends to walk at super speed everywhere and Jamie tends to saunter much more slowly and how they’d have to hold hands if they were walking anywhere together to achieve a speed equilibrium
The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
wish swiftieism wasn’t ultimately for children so i didn’t have to be the villain for saying there’s no way in FUCK taylor just stumbled upon joe singing the entire fully formed chorus to betty and that the bitch is lying out her ass
Hard agree. If this guy has the ability to churn out a perfect Taylor Swift chorus that incorporates lyrical themes and melody callbacks from the past decade+ of her work, he’s clearly in the wrong profession.
Because Trump was golfing (of course) when the election was called, he had to drive through all of DC celebrating his outsting. Most have posted the picture (above) of his face as they drove in. I would also like to share with you the view of what he was seeing (below courtesy of an evan vucci/AP)
me explaining how lindsay lohan didn’t suffer from the traditional pitfalls of child stardom because she’d actually made the successful transition to adult work by the time she started to unravel and was one of the highest paid actresses in hollywood and her undoing had everything to do with the era in which she’d become famous, the era of famous-for-being-famous socialites like paris and nicole richie who were rewarded with magazine covers and front rows at fashion shows simply for existing, and lindsay thought that she could have that lifestyle by playing into the tabloid aspect of her life without realizing the reason those other girls could succeed was the safety net of generational wealth they were guaranteed meanwhile lindsay was the sole earner for her family and had to actually work for what she had and once she became a tabloid staple she sacrificed that paycheck in the process and was left broke while paris and nicole could go on with their lives free of any lasting damage