Margot Robbie has graced the cover of Vanity Fair's August issue and wowee, talk about a massive fact check fail slash total disservice to the Australian actor's talent.
Not only did writer Rich Cohen pull out unnecessary lines like "Robbie is too fresh to be pegged" and "she can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character" (oh my!), but he failed to do any kind of research whatsoever on Australia, which featured heavily throughout the article.
"America is so far gone, we have to go to Australia to find a girl next door. In case you've missed it, her name is Margot Robbie. She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character. As I said, she is from Australia. To understand her, you should think about what that means."
Please try not to LOL too hard while deciphering the magazine's take on our deserted little country "at the bottom of the world."
1. "As I said, she is from Australia. To understand her, you should think about what that means. Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people."
'You have the Internet and Netflix too?!' That's cute.
2. They still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas in Melbourne and Perth, still dwell in a single mass market in Adelaide and Sydney. In the morning, they watch Australia's Today show.
Home and Away and nothing else. Forever. OK?
3. "An ambitious Australian actor views Hollywood the way the Martians view Earth at the beginning of The War of the Worlds."
Literally every Australian's reaction to Hollywood ever. Truly.
4. "Robbie grew up in Gold Coast, a city on Australia's Pacific shore, 500 miles north of Sydney. In an old movie, you might have seen a crossroad sign demonstrating just how isolated it was, just how far from the known capitals."
The Gold Coast is one of Australia's fastest growing cities, attracting over 12 million visitors and approximately 12,500 new residents each year.
5. "Because Robbie is new on the scene, reporters are trying to fix her with a narrative. The job of the celebrity journalist: peg 'em so it's not only as if you know 'em but always have known 'em or someone just like 'em. But Robbie is too fresh to be pegged. Less being than becoming."
So, so precious. Isn't she?
Obviously, people aren't happy:
The @VanityFair piece on Margot robbie by rich Cohen is so gross in so many ways. Clearly written by a man who knows - (cont.)— Josh Lawson (@ThatJoshLawson) July 6, 2016
- NOTHING about Australia. It's full of things about the country that simply aren't true. Not to mention the slimy, lecherous, - (cont.)— Josh Lawson (@ThatJoshLawson) July 6, 2016
- stomach churning way he writes about Margot robbie. Yuck. Hollywood sexism is very clear here as demonstrated by this creepy, - (cont.)— Josh Lawson (@ThatJoshLawson) July 6, 2016
- ill informed journalist. And I use that word very, very loosely.— Josh Lawson (@ThatJoshLawson) July 6, 2016
Australia's Harper's BAZAAR editor-in-chief, Kellie Hush had some choice words:
Aside from the lack of fact checking, people including feminist writer Roxane Gay have pointed to the piece being plain sexist:
"Margot Robbie is from Australia. They're in a different time zone there. Also, she's blonde and I have a boner." - Rich Cohen, Vanity Fair— Alanna (@alannallama) July 6, 2016
Don't use your penis to type your words. @johnseaborn— roxane gay (@rgay) July 6, 2016
But wait! There's more:
"She wandered through the room like a second-semester freshman, "— roxane gay (@rgay) July 6, 2016
I mean... she's a 26 year old movie star. The only freshmen is the guy with his dick in his hand, aka Rich Cohen.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 6, 2016