Meryl Streep is not the only Hollywood actress who chose to get political this week at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Mozart in the Jungle actress Lola Kirke showed up with pink pin that read, “F*** Paul Ryan,” on her strapless maxi gown.
“I’m wearing a Fuck Paul Ryan pin,” she told ELLE.com in an interview that night. “Paul Ryan is talking about defunding Planned Parenthood. I think that, along with a number of other decisions that are being talked about being made by the new administration, is atrocious. As a person with a platform, no matter what size it is, I think it’s important to share your views and maybe elevate people that might agree with you, that maybe won’t feel like they can have the same voice. My body my choice, your body your choice.”
In photos, the small pin camouflages on Kirke’s pink Andrew Gn dress so that it is not noticeable at first glance. But according to Elle, the actress intended for it to be that way — the pink pin was custom-made for her dress. Kirke said her stylist and his son made one pin to match her Golden Globes outfit, and one in the Planned Parenthood colors to match an outfit she wore the previous day.
But there was another political element to Kirke’s outfit that could have easily gone unnoticed: her hairy armpits.
The hygienic flop was not a hapless mistake. Evident by the length of her armpit hair, it was obvious the British-born actress had allowed her hair to grow for at least a couple of months before the Awards. Following the event, she posted to Instagram about her “#awesome #hairyarmpits,” a supposed testament to her female self-determination.
Apparently a distaste for razors runs in the Kirke family. Lola’s older sister and Girls television star, Jemima, was a #hairyarmpits trendsetter last year when she attended the CFDA fashion awards unshaven to demonstrate her ability to choose her own “personal preference.”
“I’ve been in that place where you’re torturing yourself at the gym to be thin, I’ve done that for years,” she said. “I’ll tell you now, you’re not going to have the body you have in mind by doing that, because it’s often something totally unrealistic you saw in a magazine.”
That’s a hot take for someone who is a Hollywood celebrity and can afford to neglect elements of her body and still have the resources to take care of herself. But what the average American woman? Surely most women in the United States are not as thin or as confident in their own bodies as the Kirkes are.
Hairy armpits smell. Fat bellies cause diabetes. The average American woman does not get to still feel great about herself by following the bogus advice of some L’Occitane-pampered Hollywood actress who advertises poor hygiene as some kind of feminist statement that will lower social standards for all women instead of just her own. “F*** Paul Ryan” pins and hairy underarms an act of feminism? We think otherwise.