Just some off-the-cuff remarks Ovie made, right?
Things like this don’t make waves anymore.
Ovechkin, in that GQ piece:
“If you compare Russia and America,” he explains sagely, “they are two different worlds. People, cars, clothes. Girls’ figures. Especially girls’ figures. Why do you think that is, that when an American goes to Russia for a week, he stays for two extra weeks? Girls! And when a Russian goes to America for a week, he leaves in five days. I’m serious! There’s a statistic…
Given the women that are usually photgraphed draped all over Ovechkin, he’s obviously talking skinny dolled up women vs average girls.
So why don’t these things make waves anymore? Is it because we’ve learned to ‘lighten up’? I don’t see much to lighten up about.
Ovechkin is a rich, famous, popular athlete, and hey, he deserves every penny he makes. I don’t know many guys that wouldn’t trade places with him, partly because he has a dream job, but mostly because of the life outside the dream job that he gets to live and ordinary people don’t – the money, the cars, the parties, and of course the women. Of course he gets to party with the supermodel or the popstar that you will probably never meet.
The guy any man would love to be is always a good story for a magazine like GQ, and I think it’s great for hockey when they take an interest in the game’s stars. I have no issue with stories about AO, or how popular AO is with the ladies.
I do have an issue with the quote, and the amount of space devoted to it, though.
On the one hand, we have a guy that often says a lot of silly things in interviews, saying a bunch of silly things in an interview… there are statistics on that? Really? He’s a guy who’s become so successful at such a young age that supermodels, actresses and popstars have been throwing themselves at him since his career started… I wonder if he’s ever hung out with a “normal” chick. He’s probably pretty immature, as successful athletes often are, and judging from his comments in the rest of the interview… not very cerebral. But at the end of the day it’s something said by someone with a lot of reach, and someone a lot of people look up to (a lot of young people, in particular).
On the other hand is a recent on-air comment made by a female Montreal radio “personality” who has made an appearance in my rants before, who said something along the lines of “women who are above a certain level of attractiveness are all stupid and/or bitchy.”
As stupid as that comment was, it’s not hard to see where it came from: that woman’s extreme insecurity. It’s really not hard to see where all the… er… non-commendable things she does come from: extreme insecurity.
Women aren’t born hating ourselves… we learn to do it. For whatever reason, it starts off when we’re fairly young, and I think it tends to be at its absolute worst just before, during and just after our teens. And the extreme result of that is a bunch of people just like that radio “personality.”
More often than not it’s just your average run-of-the-mill lower self-esteem – the kind where women don’t think, act, or talk like that but still can’t really come to terms with what they see in the mirror.
These days, that woman is often me. Those of you that are close to me know that a number of things have been going on in my personal life lately that have profoundly affected the way I see myself. It not something I like to talk about on this blog but it’s pretty constant and I expect it to be a while before I feel totally back to normal and ‘like me.’ Even as I’m going through it, I’m amazed that a 27-year-old with an education, a decent job at one of Canada’s largest and most-respected corporations, grown-up crap like a car loan, and the people I have in my life, can still react to the things that have been going on by… feeling hideous and fat.
Yes, I know it’s in my head (tell that to my heart). But I also know that I am not the only one. It’s pretty common. And it’s a horrible horrible experience. It’s probably unique to women - I don’t know, but I have never heard of men talking or feeling like this.
In any case… that go-to reaction doesn’t come out of nowhere… it takes years and years of the wrong messages, unrealistic ideals and bad experiences to instill this kind of attitude in women, and a lifetime of hard work to get rid of it, it seems.
So when Alex Ovechkin is telling a sizeable group of his fans that he doesn’t think girls that look like them are attractive, it’s a problem.
And when his younger female fans think that normal, real-life women can look like supermodels and must look like that, it’s a problem.
And when that 11-year-old boy shooting pucks in his garage and dreaming of becoming Ovie thinks that part of being successful is dating an unrealistic ideal of women, it’s a problem.
And when we aren’t more upset than we are about a role model setting a bad example, it’s a problem.
Even if it’s only tiny wrong message in a tsunami of them, a little well-placed outrage or indignation never hurt anyone.