Actress and model Olivia Munn just roasted fashion bloggers Go Fug Yourself— but not everyone agrees with her controversial “short essay” on Twitter.
Munn took exception to a recent post on Go Fug Yourself about her outfit at a red carpet event. She ended up posting a passionate yet dramatic response that drew mockery on social media.
While Munn makes some solid points in her rebuke of gossip bloggers, some found her essay petty and self-serving.
Go Fug Yourself said Munn’s outfit looked like she “got roped into making a sequel to American Hustle.“
In response, Munn wrote a short essay.
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) April 25, 2019
“I’m writing this because people shouldn’t get away with spewing whatever vitriol they want just by betting on the antiquated notion that the people they target won’t say anything.”
Munn said the Fug Girls “anointed themselves as judge and jury of what’s fashionable.”
Some agreed with Olivia’s distaste for bloggers that drag famous people’s personal lives or body shame for clicks. However criticizing a celebrities fashion choices at an official event?
Munn lost people there.
She crossed a line after implicating Go Fug Yourself in the widespread “suppression” and the “emotional and physical targeting” of women.
It’s understandable that Munn was upset for being mocked for her outfit while attending a charity event. But was the snarky blog about her outfit really an act of suppression and targeting?
People on social media didn’t reach the same conclusions.
Olivia Munn: "The Fug Girls encourage bullying and rape culture with their fashion critique."
Everyone on the Internet: pic.twitter.com/LXUUL3IJeI
— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) April 25, 2019
Olivia Munn's GFY rant is a good reminder: get yourself a good friend who you can run your anger by first before you unleash it on the world. Make sure this friend is comfortable saying, "oh honey, NO." Send this friend a bottle of rose every time she saves you from yourself.
— Lauren Morrill (@LaurenEMorrill) April 25, 2019
there are many inaccuracies that make it obvious Olivia Munn didn’t actually read or check out the site she decided was worth publicly tearing down to 800k+ followers but “mainly focuses on females and not men” is by far the biggest giveaway https://t.co/GbvrNOmnbD
— Whitney McIntosh (@WhitneyM02) April 25, 2019
Many defended ‘Go Fug Yourself’ as pro-women and harmless fun.
I heard about the Olivia Munn essay but didn't know it was about @fuggirls. All I can say is that Heather and Jessica never take themselves too seriously, are wickedly talented writers (see their books, esp SPOILED) and walk a tricky line that never crosses into mean for me…
— Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) April 25, 2019
No idea how many of those 'Hits & Misses' pictorials from award shows I've looked at & they're so much fun. NEVER have I seen anyone body ashamed. Fashion-shamed, yes, but isn't that what we're looking for? Olivia, chill, girl.
— (((Karen))) (@BluAngel54) April 25, 2019
Olivia Munn's extremely un-brief essay reminds me of those women who state "women shouldn't criticize other women" — listen, if that's the basis and foundation of your version of feminism, then you need to go take a nap.
— Lara Witt (@Femmefeministe) April 25, 2019
Others pointed out ‘Go Fug Yourself’ criticized Olivia’s outfit, but not her personally.
— Amy Schatz (@Amy_Schatz) April 25, 2019
Imagine everything in your life going so amazingly well that a snarky fashion blog gingerly mocking a dress you wore to a party feels like an OUTRAGE that deserves the world's attention. Congrats, you're Olivia Munn. https://t.co/EjofOmL3fx
— Lon Harris (@Lons) April 25, 2019
Genuinely irritated- NAY, ANGRY- about Olivia Munn going after The Fug Girls. H&J run a smart, fun, knowledgeable site, and co-opting feminist language to paint them as some kind of Mean Girls is insulting.
— Rachel Hawkins (@LadyHawkins) April 25, 2019
Uhh…. they’re funny, witty, knowledgeable fashion critics. This is just Olivia Munn pretending fashion isn’t a legitimate area to critique? And the paragraph that is: “here is my picture and here is THEIR picture” is just hilariously mean girl??? https://t.co/K7MI8wCw6S
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) April 25, 2019
But a few people applauded Munn for speaking up about mean-spirited bloggers.
Nah we disagree. I think if people publicly call you out, you can respond whether you’re a celebrity or not. So—again. My opinion . Olivia was right.
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) April 25, 2019
Munn’s usage of social justice terminology and alluding to #MeToo because someone criticized her outfit remains controversial.
Honestly still can't get over Olivia Munn equating fashion criticism with Me Too
— Stassa Edwards (@StassaEdwards) April 25, 2019
— Mike Redmond (@theredmond) April 25, 2019
Either way, fans of ‘Go Fug Yourself’ continue to express support on social media.
Critiquing a celebrity's outfit is not anti-feminist lol, get a grip Olivia Munn. I love and support the smart, funny work that the @fuggirls do EVERY SINGLE DAY (and have done for 15 years) w/o ever body-shaming and lifting women creators along the way. 💗
— Maurene Goo (@maurenegoo) April 25, 2019
People respect Munn for starting a conversation about internet gossip.
But they disagree with using the language of important progressive movements like #MeToo as ammunition in petty feuds against fashion bloggers.