Emily Ratajkowski ‘Not Giving My Consent’ to Be Comic’s Punchline
In the 1980s, Pantene made a series of shampoo commercials featuring starlets asking us not to hate them. Jealous of their strong, healthy, shiny manes? Blame the shampoo. After all, Steven Seagal’s ex Kelly LeBrock pleaded, it wasn’t her fault that she was beautiful.
Now Emily Ratajkowski is taking it a step further, blocking comedians who make fun of her obnoxiously good looks. Aussie comic Celeste Barber, who just dropped a new Netflix stand-up special, got blacklisted on Instagram by Ratajkowski for the crime of mocking her attractiveness.
Barber, who has the body of a normal person, has been at this for a minute. The bit: Juxtaposing pictures of (occasionally Photoshopped) social media icons in varying stages of undress with images of the comic demonstrating how ridiculous the rest of us look trying to pull off similar poses. Occasionally, like in a recent mock of Ratajkowski, Barber will punctuate the posts with captions like: “We are sick of objectifying our bodies! Also, here's my ass.”
That's it, Barber, you're blocked!
“This whole drama with Celeste has been blown out of proportion,” Ratajkowski recently said on her High Low podcast, despite her public actions being the only reason we know about the “drama” in the first place. “In general, I find her to be really funny. But the message I was trying to send to her was, ‘I just don't want you to do this to me anymore.’ I'm not giving her my consent for this joke anymore.”
Ratajkowski went as far as to call Barber’s Instajokes misogynistic. “We really love to pick on female influencers,” she explained. “Like they are considered the trash, lamest, most cringe, most embarrassing people on the planet.”
Barber is doing her part not to blow up the drama, mainly by ignoring the whole thing. But she likely won’t apologize soon for Instagram photos that let the air out of the unattainable beauty balloon. She’s been at it since 2015 when she was giggling at celebrities’ Instagrams with her sister Olivia. “Look at these photos,” said Olivia. “Normal people don’t do that.” Barber thought about that one for a moment: “Maybe normal people do do that. Challenge accepted.”
Barber’s goofy takes on modeling photos blew up, essentially launching her into the comedy mainstream. “I see it (celebrity) for what it is,” she told Australia’s Stop Everything! earlier this year. “And now that I’m in, I'm gonna blow it up from the inside. But I’ll get the free sunglasses first — I’m not an idiot.”
And while the comedian isn't addressing Ratajkowski directly, maybe the influencer-slash-podcaster could take a note from Barber’s Twitter (if that’s not blocked as well):