Just Say No to the Mani Cam (Like Jennifer Aniston and Julianne Moore Did!)
By John Boone
R.I.P. Mani Cam, 2012 - 2015.
The E! network’s beloved mani cam — their miniature "red carpet" designed for actresses and female singers to “walk” their manicured hands down — has had a nice life. Without it, we wouldn’t have that one time Jennifer Lawrence yelled “Your ass is mine!” at Emma Stone.
It’s worth noting that the mani cam wasn’t working correctly here, or we’d have the best GIF ever. Then there was the time Elisabeth Moss flipped off the world via mani cam:
It’s also worth noting that the mani cam probably worked a little too well here. Ah, memories.
But maybe the mani cam has run its course. Scratch that. Let’s make this definitive: It’s time to retire the mani cami. At last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, no fewer than three of Hollywood’s biggest actresses flat out refused to take part in the ridiculous non-ritual.
First, Julianne Moore laughed off Maria Menounos’s request to mani cam, saying, "No. I'm not doing that. No, I'm...no!"
Julianne later explained backstage that her 17-year-old son, Caleb, had texted her, “Yeah! Blow off the mani cam!”
Which was only one-upped by Jennifer Aniston, who not only refused the mani cam, but stuck around afterwards to let the awkwardness truly sink in:
A terrible idea, indeed.
Reese Witherspoon didn’t straight out deny the mani cam, but seemed more than happy to hide behind Sofia Vergara and her giant engagement ring, while Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany politely opted out, saying, “I have not gotten a manicure! My hands are so dry!”
Good on them. Actresses have long suffered endless questions about their outfits, their accessories, and now, apparently, what color fingernail polish they’re wearing to match their “bling,” while their male cohorts are asked about the roles they’re nominated for and what the filming experience was like.
It’s sexist. Do we really need these grown women, who are being honored for their incredible work portraying Alzheimer's patients, and drug addicts, and survivors, to make their fingers pretend to do a sexy walk down a fake red carpet?
So this is a start. And more actresses should feel free to say no. Like when Cate Blanchett targeted the leering fashion camera that pans up an actress from head to toe while they’re unwittingly talking about other things.
“It’s a thing that just...” she trails off, shaking her head disapprovingly. True.
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