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Black Actress Octavia Spencer Is “Red Band Society”‘s Resident “Scary Bitch”

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Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th, the Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who is Black, is labeled the “Scary Bitch.” Portraying Black women as unpredictable and scary — gee, we’ve never seen that in Hollywood before. To be sure, the show’s labeling of other characters in the promo ad isn’t too original either. For example, the hot blonde girl is the “Mean Girl” because of course she is. Still, Spencer’s “Scary Bitch” label stands out as especially harsh and problematic. There are plenty of ways to portray someone as an antagonistic character without relying on a tired stereotype. Would “Nurse Ratched” have gone over America’s collective heads? (If so, go watch “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” now.)

Octavia Spencer To Star In “Murder, She Wrote” Reboot

  • NBC is planning a reboot of your grandma’s favorite nighttime soap, “Murder, She Wrote,” with Octavia Spencer as the star. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • “Smash” director Michael Morris has allegedly been kicked out by his wife Mary McCormack after he was photographed kissing Katharine McPhee, who starred on the now-canceled show. Us Weekly claims Morris attempted to buy the scandalous pics himself and when he wasn’t successful, he warned his wife they would hit the web. Katharine McPhee is reportedly “embarrassed” about her Kristen Stewart moment, but has clarified that she and her husband of five years are separated. [Page SixUs Weekly]
  • The cast of “Arrested Development” will reunite for “Inside The Actors Studio.” [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Urban Outfitters won’t carry the kickass new coffee table book The Book Of Jezebel because they are butthurt about being criticized on the blog in the past. Oh, go wipe your tears on a $98 T-shirt. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »

ZOMG, Octavia Spencer Wore Three Pairs Of Spanx To The SAG Awards!!!

“HOLY CRAP, DID YOU HEAR THAT OCTAVIA SPENCER WORE THREEEEEEE PAIRS OF SPANX TO THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS ON SUNDAY?!?!?!?! I KNOW, I KNOW, SHE WON A BIG AWARD AND IS IMMENSELY TALENTED, BUT, YOU GUYS, SPANNNNNNNNNNNNXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!! THREE PAIRS!!!!!!!! CAN YOU IMAGINE? NO WONDER SHE LOOKED SO SKINNY! SHE SHOULD WEAR 17 PAIRS NEXT TIME, THEN SHE WOULD LOOK LIKE ANGELINA JOLIE!!!!!”

The Internet, basically, on the revelation that Octavia Spencer, who won the SAG Award for her role in “The Help” and will probably also win the Oscar, wore three pairs of the slimming undergarments under her gorgeous dress. Can we stop talking about Octavia Spencer’s weight and body now? Please? [Styleite]

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