Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Shut the Fox up

Back in June, before the release of this summer's most irritating (and inexplicably successful) blockbuster, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I wrote about Megan Fox's ability to speak fluent bullshit. She was talking up a storm, slating right-wingers and declaring herself a post-modern feminist, winning plaudits and putdowns in equal measure. But now, with another film to promote, her perfect pout seems to be getting her into more trouble.

Drumming up publicity for horror-comedy Jennifer's Body, from Juno writer Diablo Cody, the reigning FHM Sexiest Woman in the World decided to speak out about Transformers director Michael Bay in less than glowing terms. In an interview with Wonderland magazine, Megan compared Bay (a man who never met anything he didn't want to blow up) to some of the most notorious dictators in history.

"He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is... I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all."

The editorial staff were no doubt delighted - after all, nothing drums up sales like a sensational soundbite. But not everyone was quite so happy with Megan's loose but fullsome lips.

Three anonymous members of the Transformers crew have taken the unprecedented step of writing an open letter to Ms Fox, posted on Bay's official website, labelling her as dumb as a rock. As well as talking about her sullen, petulant and ungrateful attitude, the letter ends stating "Megan really is a thankless, classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly bitch."

In her defence, Megan also commented during her Wonderland interview that she wonders about her own mental health, claiming: "I constantly struggle with the idea that...I'm a borderline personality, or that I have bouts of mild schizophrenia." But like everything else that comes out of her mouth, this is more uninformed nonsense, according to clinical psychiatrist Dr. Paul Dobransky.

As the war of words continues, it falls to Michael Bay to play the tactful diplomacy card. Condemning both sides, he states: "I don't condone the crew letter to Megan. And I don't condone Megan's outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm." Hardly the temperament of an evil dictator, even if his back catalogue does constitute a crime against humanity.

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