There was a cable TV present about gaming referred to as “Assault of the Present” which lasted from 2005 till 2013. One of many co-hosts of the present between 2006 and 2010 was Olivia Munn who would later go on to numerous performing roles on tv and in movies. Throughout her AotS days, I feel it could be truthful to explain Munn’s position as being the attractive however humorous gamer lady. References to her intercourse attraction weren’t simply off-hand feedback on the present, they had been become a operating gag, one which was clearly designed to attraction to what I might guess was a younger, largely male viewers.
The explanation I’m bringing all of this up now could be that the identical community that created the present simply relaunched it with a brand new set of hosts. And this week one of many new feminine hosts, who goes by Froskurinn (Icelandic for frog) made an enormous splash when she went on a rant about “sexism in gaming” and particularly her position on the present. “It’s in some way accepted you could discuss how a lot you jerked off to girls as a praise. It’s not a praise. It’s dehumanizing and it’s bizarre,” she stated. She added, “Girls don’t exist to be good on the eyes for you! Morgan Webb, Olivia Munn didn’t exist to be good on the eyes for you!”
— G4TV (@G4TV) January 11, 2022
Clearly she has some extent in saying that girls don’t exist to be good on the eyes for males. Ladies and men exist previous to and other than any such issues. Nonetheless, what works as a broad assertion about existence doesn’t essentially work as a press release a few TV present that actually made its identify off the intercourse attraction of its hosts. So when she says that “Olivia Munn didn’t exist to be good on the eyes for you” that’s a little bit of a class error. It’s not why Olivia Munn exists but it surely was clearly a part of why she was on a tv present for male players for 4 years. And once more, there was nothing delicate about that on the time as many individuals had been fast to level out.
— Lunar Archivist (@LunarArchivist) January 13, 2022
There was additionally a gag the place she pretended to drag off her panties and throw them right into a pile on stage. She as soon as jumped on a child oil slip and slide. Then there was the time that they had her soar into a large pie sporting a skimpy maid outfit:
Who needs a #bts clip of #OliviaMunn & #KevinPereira leaping into an enormous pie?
Simply 3 extra backers till a brand new #behindthescenes clip!
.#aots #atod #attackoftheshow #attackofthedoc #documentary #kickstarter #contribute #pie #btsclip #crowdfunding
— Assault of the Doc (@AttackoftheDoc) July 30, 2018
Or the time she wore a Princess Leia bikini whereas reporting for the present in 2014:
Olivia Munn make the most effective Princess Leia i bear in mind her on G4 TV in Assault of The Present
😻😇 one Scorching Princess Leia pic.twitter.com/fxikK93s4F
— Joseph Vandebor (@joseph_vandebor) January 20, 2021
Or the skit the place she wore a marvel girl outfit:
The Marvel Girl that the world really deserves, Olivia Munn. pic.twitter.com/ykZKP8WEcJ
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There’s actually nothing new about this. Again within the Sixties producers for the UK TV present The Avengers employed a sequence of lovely actresses to co-star with Patrick Macnee on the present. A type of actresses, Diana Rigg was given the identify “Emma Peel” as an inside joke of types. The identify was primarily based on the concept the present must have “M attraction” or man attraction. And it clearly labored because the present was a success and Diana Rigg went from The Avengers to being the following Bond lady in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Getting again to the query I began with. Is it an indication of progress that we’re now calling out the concept males may tune right into a present due to an attractive actress or is it going too far? My very own take is that working as a spokesmodel or actress on tv isn’t the identical factor as working as a subject professional. That’s why information anchors are usually pretty good trying (women and men, on Fox Information, CNN and your native information channel) whereas the consultants they bring about on to speak about issues usually look extra like common folks.
If Froskurinn needs to argue that she’s there as an professional on video gaming (one thing she appears to be) not as an object for the male gaze, that’s nice. If she needs to argue that males demanding she look and behave like Olivia Munn are being unfair to her, that appears affordable too. She deserves to be taken on her personal phrases and if that doesn’t embody dressing in skimpy costumes and making bawdy jokes, that’s as much as the present’s producers. However I feel she goes too far when she suggests earlier feminine hosts additionally weren’t there to attract male eyeballs when any overview of the present proves that’s clearly not the case.
“Olivia Munn didn’t exist to be simple on the eyes for you.”
— King Cobain (@Cobain_Is_King) January 12, 2022