Monday, March 22, 2010

Disney says no to actors with breast implants

According to the New York Post, Disney is seeking women actors for its next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. Here's what they say the casting call says:
"Beautiful female fit models. Must be 5ft7in-5ft8in, size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants."
Certainly Disney can put whatever restrictions they want on what kind of actors they seek. It's their movie, their call. It's not something I particularly agree with, on the assumption (which may or may not be correct) that a number of women actors probably get breast implants in hopes of helping them land roles (because, you know, boobs/looks can trump talent). So this sucks for them, and obviously for anyone who has had implants as part of any kind of medical/reconstructive procedure and not just for "enhancement".

On the other hand, I'm all for natural bodies and for promoting them and a healthy body image. Somehow, though, I suspect what Disney wants is natural boobs that are BIG. Or at least, you know, on the bigger side. Why else would they need to conduct a "Hollywood-style jiggle-your-jugs test and jog" during their auditions? Smaller boobs aren't going to "jiggle" the same way bigger ones are. To me, they're looking for thin women with big boobs -- natural or not, this isn't exactly a step toward promoting healthy body image. (Note: I'm not saying there is anything wrong with thin women who have big boobs; just that it's the kind of body most often held up as "ideal," and one that many, many women cannot achieve.)

Also, if Disney is so worried about natural boobs now, what was with all the makeup and contraptions used to "boost" Keira Knightley's cleavage in the other Pirates movies? What appeared to be her boobs were not, at all, her boobs:


Here's another article about it. Thoughts on this?

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