Rashida Jones Calls Out Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj for "Pornification of Pop"

Rashida Jones has had it with singers taking their clothes off.

Following her "stop acting like wh*res" Twitter rant, the Parks & Recreation star has penned an essay for Glamour detailing her frustrations with the "pornification of pop" these days, singling out the likes of Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj for saturating mainstream music with graphic sexual imagery.

"This fall I was hanging out with my sisters, catching up on pop-culture stuff. We watched some music videos, looked at a few Instagram accounts, and checked out blogs. And amid the usual duck-lipped selfies and staged paparazzi photos, a theme emerged: Stripper poles, G-strings, boobs, and a lot of tongue action were all now normal accessories for mainstream pop stars," she writes. "That was at the end of October, a month that had already brought us the Miley Cyrus cross-continental twerk-a-thon and Nicki Minaj's Halloween pasties."

"With the addition of Rihanna writhing on a pole in her 'Pour It Up' video, and Lady Gaga's butt-crack cover art for the song that goes 'Do what you want with my body,' I was just done. I'd had enough."

Adding that she's "not a prude" and "grew up on a healthy balance of sexuality in pop stars," Jones explains that sexy doesn't mean "having to take an ultrasound tour of some pop star's privates."

"Yes, we had Madonna testing the boundaries of appropriateness, but then we also had Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Cyndi Lauper, women who played with sexuality but didn't make it their calling card," she continues. "Twenty years later, all the images seem homogenous. Every star interprets "sexy" the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over. I find this oddly...boring."

The actress also explains her use of the word "wh*re" in her previous rant, writing, "The fact that I was accused of 'slut-shaming,' being anti-woman, and judging women's sex lives crushed me. I consider myself a feminist. I would never point a finger at a woman for her actual sexual behavior, and I think all women have the right to express their desires. But I will look at women with influence—millionaire women who use their 'sexiness' to make money—and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between 'shaming' and 'holding someone accountable.'"

She adds, "I understand that owning and expressing our sexuality is a huge step forward for women. But, in my opinion, we are at a point of oversaturation."



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    Jdsaa Daniel

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  • chrisluca16

    Rashida Jones has made a fair point and there is a lot of nudity that we see daily or weekly from celebrities. However, Nicki Minaj is a very clever artist who has been in the rap game for about 5 years now, being sexual & provocative in her images is all about showing her feminism in her music as well. She is the ONLY real female rapper in the game, being #4 on hip hop's cash kings list, having 2 platinum albums and won BET's best female rapper 4 years in a row, there's winning for you So why can't she have fun with the body that she maintains in a beautiful form? People think she is only about putting her body out there but if you take time to not judge her from her images, listen to her music and then you will understand. Ignore her joke songs such as 'stupid hoe' and stop contradicting yourselves.

  • Alana Fael
    Alana Fael

    somebody needs to say it and I'm glad she did. There IS too much exposure and it detracts from talent where real talent exists. It's unnecessary and just makes them look cheap and desperate, not sexy. To me it's sad, that these women/girls feel that being naked is what they need to do when they're in the spotlight, but then it's usually those with questionable talent that are doing it...

  • Brittany Davis
    Brittany Davis

    Kudos to whoever this chick may be! ^^^ She definitely hit the nail on the head with that one. Stuff like this is exactly why I've stopped listening to pop, rap and R&B all-together. I know exactly what I'm getting with country music. I know I'm not going to see mostly-naked females. I know I'm going to see self-respect, dignity and composure. Along with plenty of modesty and grace. I'll continue to stick with that until someone decides to put some kind of limitations on the raunchiness of the other music genres.