In the upcoming Jumanji reboot absolutely nobody asked, British actress Karen Gillan appears alongside The Rock, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart. So, the movie could have had any title. Jumanji already had the pre-printed coffee mugs.
In the promo photo for the movie, Gillan appears in a tiny revealing crop top and short shorts while the men making ten times her salary are fully dressed. Might as well all get Patriarchy tattoos.
Gillan spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the negative reaction to her objectifying outfit from anonymous experts in the fields of everything on Twitter:
I’ve experienced something similar when I worked on Doctor Who and there was such an uproar about my costume when that was first revealed, so I thought it was happening all over again. But I have to say, I’d never take on a role that was truly gratuitous for no reason. There’s a really valid reason why she’s wearing that. My character is really not happy about it!
Gillan noted that there’s a story payoff to her being forced to wear undersized clothing and it’s totally worth it. Which presumes there’s a price to be paid in the first place for her showing off her body. Gillan’s looks are entirely superfluous to the role. It came down to her and an older, unattractive, overweight chick who was apparently triple booked already during the production window.
There was a time not everybody will remember when you had to bring up boring French films to segue into serious social and political discussions over a cappuccino? This is fucking Jumanji. The second time around. Somebody’s going to slip in hippo poo and they’re going to cut to open faced reaction shots.
These online debates aren’t real discussions on gender roles in a modern civil society. These are the petty tinkering of people who see fun and hate it. They want to kill mirth. If you’re having a good time, you’re doing something wrong. We’ve always had nosy neighbors and miserable people and the dick teacher in The Breakfast Club. We used to mock them mercilessly. Now we owe them explanations. When the fuck did that happen? Robin Williams was probably onto something.