So, the question of the day is: Why are women crazy?
I can’t be the only person reading the stories in the press right now. I know, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar, this is supposed to be the Year of the Dragon, but it feels like the ‘Year of The Crazy Woman.’ It seems like women in America were pretending to be sane for a while – but now, they’re just going bonkers and it’s all being revealed.
First there was Meghan Markle. Then we covered Kim Kardashian who had us believing for two decades she was a victim. And who can forget ‘I’m so scared, I’m a victim’ Amber Heard?
What do all of these women have in common? There are four main things to look for:
She’s a feminist.
She’s definitely a feminist.
She over-utilizes the word ‘attack.’
She’s in a lot of problematic relationships.
We can underscore the ‘Year of the Crazy Woman’ by looking at another recent cultural example.
Take Olivia Wilde. What do you know about Olivia Wilde? Well, the first thing you need to know is that she is a feminist. Of course, like all good feminists, Wilde sometimes gets ‘attacked’ by men – and she usually likes to get ‘attacked’ by men when she’s trying to further her career.
So, it was convenient for her that she was going through a separation with Jason Sudeikis while producing and directing her new movie “Don’t Worry, Darling.”
While on stage at CinemaCon, a processor served Wilde papers in public – which, by the way, has happened since the beginning of time. Processors know for a fact that celebrities will at one time or another be on a red carpet. But when it happens to Wilde, it is an ‘attack.’ An ‘attack,’ by the way, that can be used to promote her new movie.
After receiving the child custody documents, Wilde gave this statement:
“It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack. It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. There was a huge breach in security, which is really scary. The hurdles that you had to jump through to get into that room with several badges, plus special COVID tests that had to be taken days in advance, which gave you wristbands that were necessary to gain access to the event — this was something that required forethought.”
Yes, she’s under attack, and she was really scared — because these papers were handed to her in a professional manner. She’s not a special snowflake, though. This has happened many times to other celebrities in the past. But this time it happened to a woman who is — did I mention — a feminist?
Wilde goes on to say:
“I hated that this nastiness distracted from the work of so many different people and the studio that I was up there representing. To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do. I’m not easily distracted.”
Oh, wow. She is just so brave. What a brave feminist woman Olivia Wilde is.
Now, weigh this against the statement from Jason Sudeikis’s which sounds totally stable:
“Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis. Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered, as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.”
Sudeikis went on to say the same thing, and it makes him sound like a normal person. Of course he had no idea where she was going to be served. This all created a very good reason for her to go to the press and portray herself as the victim so that people would buy tickets to her movie. (Which, by the way, everyone says kind of sucks.)
But that wasn’t enough. If you can take down one man to get press, what if you take down two?
At first, Shia LaBeouf was cast as the lead in “Don’t Worry, Darling” before Harry Styles was given the role. Nobody knew the reason LaBeouf eventually left the movie. But thanks to an interview with Variety, we all found out.
“I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them.”
Wilde said she didn’t want LaBeouf to be there because she could never condone the kind of individual he is — because she’s a feminist. That was the implication.
Shia LaBeouf has publicly struggled with alcoholism and drugs for quite a long time and has even been admitted to treatment centers. Perhaps the most notorious accusations came from his former girlfriend FKA twigs when she filed a lawsuit against him for abuse. This was all public.
Olivia Wilde knew all of this and she saw it as an opportunity.
Since the public didn’t know exactly why LeBoeuf was no longer in the film, she was free to say whatever she wanted. Her statement to Variety heavily implied that she dropped him because she was a feminist and would never want to condone this sort of person being on her set. She even talked about the ‘ethos’ on her set, and how he just didn’t fit the ‘ethos.’
And so, of course, the public believed her story, that is until Shia LaBeouf replied. He wrote a letter in response to her interview in Variety. Apparently, what she said just wasn’t true at all. LaBeouf shared an email thread and even released a video that she sent to him where she begs him to stay in the film.
Shia LaBeouf has struggled with addiction, but he’s clean now and proven he is a different man today than he was even three years ago.
For Olivia Wilde to use Shia LaBeouf’s struggles against him to promote her new film and make herself look like the victim illustrates how deep feminist toxicity can go.
These women are narcissistic, they are problematic, and they are women to avoid. We should not be putting them on a platform.
Welcome to the ‘Year of The Crazy Woman.’