'Pitch Perfect's' Elizabeth Banks Slams Deadline's Nikki Finke for Writing 'Beautiful Actresses Are Not Funny'
Elizabeth Banks has a bone to pick with Nikki Finke after the Deadline editor-in-chief complained about Modern Family star Julie Bowen’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
“Beautiful actresses are not funny. They don’t know how to do comedy,” Finke wrote on Sunday night, adding that Bowen “isn’t a comedienne just like Brooke Shields wasn’t and a zillion more.”
The following day, Banks, 38, posted a rebuttal, titled “Ugly or Pretty Has Nothing to do With Funny,” on her own website.
“Wouldn’t it be great if older, more experienced women like Ms. Finke were kinder to her fellow females in the entertainment business?” Banks wrote.
“She might do more for our cause -- better, more fully realized roles in all types of entertainment, which is the territory all these amazing Emmy-nominated actresses are striving for.”
What other words did the Pitch Perfect star have for Finke?
“I agree ‘humiliation’ can be funny,” Banks continued in her rebuttal this week, “but it is not a state of being reserved solely for the ugly, whatever that means to Nikki Finke.”
Banks gave a shout out out 30 Rock actress Kay Cannon and called her “a gorgeous woman with a wicked sense of humor. Cannon is also the brains behind the Pitch Perfect script.
In her Emmys rant on Sunday, Finke also referred to a 30 Rock star: Tina Fey.
Finke wrote, “Only women who grew up ugly and stayed ugly, or through plastic surgery became beautiful, can pull off sitcoms or standups,” using Fey as a prime example.
“[Fey] always points out she looked like a troglodyte when she was younger,” according to Finke.
For more of Elizabeth Banks’ comments on Nikki Finke’s Emmys rant, check out Banks’ website. What do you think of Finke’s claims that ‘beautiful actresses are not funny?’ Share your thoughts below.