|The Munn in her natural habitat.|
How? Well, there are two things that probably played into Munn’s success on the show. 1) She was raised primarily in Japan, as her step-father was stationed there with the military. 2) She was a model.
Granted, Munn is also a huge geek, but still: Japan-interested model. She was pretty much perfect. On the show, Munn hosted several segments, including one called “In Your Pants”, where she dispensed sex and relationship advice in response to viewer questions. She was really notable for the way she blended her sex appeal with the nerdery of the show, managing to always keep the topic sexy, but geeky. Which is pretty impressive.
So what’s the problem? The issue came, really, when it went a little too far. Munn’s sexy nerd persona, always over-the-top and a little funny for the show, shifted very far in the direction of outright pandering. I refer here to the pie incident.
Go ahead and watch. I’ll wait.
Right, so I like pie. Perhaps even more than the average person. It’s not the pie that bothers me. That part is funny and whimsical in the best of ways. It’s the French Maid Costume. It’s the fact that Olivia Munn bribed their viewers with her sexuality in order to get the outcome she wanted.
For the first, I think it’s a little demeaning for the viewers to be told that Olivia Munn believes that they can be bought. Why not just implore them to do it because pie is wonderful, and a National Pie Week is a fun idea? But if we must bribe, then have her jump into the pie in her usual clothes. The fetishization is a real problem.
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And maybe if you tone down the Slave Leia costumes, you’ll get a little more love from the other half of your demographic. Because women can be geeks too. Not sexy nerds or anime girls, but plain old girls who like to geek. We’ll be your audience. Put on a sweater and we’ll talk.
[Olivia Munn is currently a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart and is appearing in I Don’t Know How She Does It, which opens this weekend.]
Read more about her on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Munn