Diablo Cody’s “Fempire” Wants It Both Ways
The New York Times just cannot quit “Sex and the City.” It seems like the Sunday Style section is always in search of the next Carrie & Co., which resulted in this weekend’s profile of “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody and her three friends who dubbed themselves “The Fempire.” Cody, who won an Oscar for writing “Juno” and is currently the mind behind Showtime’s “United States Of Tara,” plans on dominating Hollywood alongside her best gal pals, Lorene Scafaria (who wrote “Nick & Norah’s Infinate Playlist”), Dana Fox (“What Happens in Vegas”), and Liz Meriwether, also a screenwriter. Think of them as the estrogen packed version of Judd Apatow and his boys — and guess what? They’re gorgeous! Also! “We’ve all seen each other naked.”
Despite that admission, the quartet want to be taken seriously and make sure that everyone understands that their success and bank-ability has nothing to do with the fact that they’re all easy on the eyes. “I know a few beautiful women,” said Adam Siegel, a producer who is friends with the women. “But none of them write like Dana, Liz, Lorene or Diablo.”
Attributing the Fempire’s success to their talent not their looks is something we can get behind, but it kind of seems like the group uses the latter to their advantage as well. After all, Cody was a stripper before she became a screenwriter, a cool story, no doubt, but one she refuses to stop telling. Maybe because she knows it’s sexy and sex sells? Likewise, the Times profile plays into the sex appeal:
Whenever one of them has a movie opening, they all rent a white limousine and go from theater to theater to watch the first audiences react.
“We’re usually drunk by the third theater,” Ms. Cody said. “It’s super porno and tacky, and we love doing it.”
Pajama parties! Pool parties! Drunken porno limo parties! Clearly Cody, not to mention Times’ writer Deborah Schoeneman, knows what makes for a “sexy” story about smart, successful women in Hollywood. But the Fempire says they’ve felt the pressure to be photogenic in a way that is not expected of male writers. Sure, looks don’t play a part in how the media and the public perceive the bromantic antics of Apatow’s crew, unless it’s about laughing at Seth Rogen’s flabby ass and Jason Segal’s semi-chub. But if you don’t want people to focus on your looks and take you seriously instead, maybe kill the references to nudity, “super porno,” and the drunk talk. It totally distracts from what the Fempire actually has to say about being female and writing in Hollywood. “It’s rare to find women who have that balance between work and life, who are really psyched for another woman’s success,” says Fox. “I love that about our little group.”