And why it’s not ok.
“Pitch” has been one of the most hyped shows of fall TV season for an obvious reason: it centers on a badass female lead. The first episode premiered on Sept. 22, and while the episode introduced us to Ginny Baker, Major League Baseball’s first female player, there was also one big problem with a line her agent, Amelia Slater, says.
The girl is Hillary Clinton with sex appeal. She’s a Kardashian with a skill-set.
I’m going to let the show’s hashtag speak for itself for a hot moment: #PitchPlease.
For a show that is supposed to celebrate and empower women, why are we A) comparing women to other women, B) describing powerful women based on physical characteristics and C) putting down other women?
The media is constantly pitting women against other women. Just this week when the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was announced(???? ), the media dragged in poor Jennifer Aniston—who has long since moved on and is happily married. I saw all sorts of ridiculous headlines like “Jen is now getting divorced!” and “Jen Never Thought Angelina Was The One!” surface the web. Ugh. Because of course, the media will create any kinda of middle-school-level drama between two women when it’s over, what else, boys! By creating petty drama like this, it makes it OK for television shows like “Pitch” to throw in a line like they did that’s supposed to be humorous, when in reality, it encourages female competition.
Let’s also talk about the skin-crawler part of the line here, “the girl is Hillary Clinton with sex appeal.” During this election, I’ve seen appalling headlines criticizing Clinton’s appearance, from her wardrobe to her lack of smiling (cause women have to smile and be happy all the time, right?!). For some reason, we keep having conversations about the way the media describes powerful women in terms of their appearance. Should we just ignore the great stuff Clinton has accomplished, like helping 9/11 responders get healthcare and being a consistent fighter for women and LGBTQ rights?
As far as the Kardashians go, I don’t care if you love them or hate them with every fiber of your being—it’s still not OK to tear them down like we constantly do. America loves to hate on these women, and while I admit Kylie Jenner should just get off Snapchat and advocate for real world things, what good does it do to bring them down? Change starts when women rise above the occasion and show support for one another.
I applaud “Pitch” for featuring a strong female character—I’m just disappointed that within the first hour of the show, they had to downplay influential women for entertainment value.