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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Who's the Bigger Dick Here?

Posted by on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Last night, Bad Ass Digest introduced me to Romina Puga's very uncomfortable-to-watch interview with Jesse Eisenberg. I've watched this video six times since then.

On first viewing, this looks like a flirting catastrophe, an attempt at banter that just falls flat on both sides. But then it looks like Puga is being a dick to Eisenberg by coaxing him into being her little dancing monkey. These junkets are uncomfortable enough that adding cute little tricks only make them more interminable. But Eisenberg doesn't come away clean, either; his "you're on my time" sounds petulant. Then you watch it all over again and the whole dissonant notes come together into a symphony of discomfort. But who's more in the wrong here?


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Foggen 34
I thought this was a put-on.
Posted by Foggen on June 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM · Report this
@29, knit-witted? Was that intentional? If so, why?
Posted by sarah70 on June 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 32
@26: "large ego celeb"

He was in a big movie, but he's still a person able to be pushed to their breaking point by a person who confuses them for their movie role.
Posted by undead ayn rand on June 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 31
The Winklevoss twins are both dicks. Or the same dick.
Posted by runswithnailclippers on June 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM · Report this
Until I saw her complaining about this, I just thought it was a humorous interview.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on June 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM · Report this
Am I really the only one who caught the fact that Mr. Eisenberg decided to be such a <> to the knit-witted-but-oh-so-pretty-love-me-because-I’m-famous-online-so-called-entertainment-"journalist" conducting the interview because she started the interview off by referring to his co-star (and only one of the most celebrated and influential living American actors) in an all to disrespectfully-familiar, not to mention inaccurate ("Freemand"?!? really?) way. Per @11, I think that would be plenty to justify Mr. Eisenberg's <>-ishness! In fact, I give him props for being able to make the overly entitled little twit look SO bad without anyone being able to deride him for being any more than just mildly-awkwardly demeaning. Well played Mr. Eisenberg... well played!
Posted by AlwaysBeTheSmartestPersonInTheRoom on June 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM · Report this
sirkowski 28
Social Justice Sallys is such dicks and/or cunts.
Posted by sirkowski on June 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Uh, he was there to promote something, she tried to be cute, flirtatious, get herself promoted, oh, and do a magic trick when HE was the one in the movie about magic.

No, she's not a dick. She's something else but I think most of her friends and the 3 fan boys in the corner all know that. She just doesn't.

Go Jesse.
Posted by westello on June 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Who is worse of the prickish large ego celeb and the celeb gossip reporter? Tough question, Paul ...
Posted by anon1256 on June 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Rev. Adam McKinney 25
If you read her account of what happened, wherein she whines about what a mean, mean man Jesse Eisenberg is, you realize that she's just a big old baby who came unprepared and couldn't handle his (very mild, almost brotherly) teasing.…
Posted by Rev. Adam McKinney on June 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM · Report this
very bad homo 24
Slog commenters are all dicks. Aren't we?

I don't know who these young people are.
Posted by very bad homo on June 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
blip 23
@21, As long as we do not have social parity across genders/sexualities/races/etc we do not have parity in the language we use to describe them. I feel like this is a pretty basic, Liberalism 101 concept, but personal experience may be influencing my opinion. I've never been a woman so I don't know what it feels like to be called a cunt while being one, but I have been called both a dick and a faggot while being a man and a gay, and I can tell you that one is much worse than the other. Can you guess which?

Anyway this is a total derail, but it's Paul's fault so whatever.
Posted by blip on June 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM · Report this
Why did Paul feel the need to incite an argument about gender politics in a stupid poll about some movie? I'm starting to cringe whenever I see "Feminist" or "MRA" in an article, because the way some people argue in comments belies their view that everything is a zero-sum game; that addressing valid complaints by men marginalizes women, and vice-versa. And then there's all the name-calling... blech
Posted by Wunderfruede on June 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 21
Hey Blip, go ahead and rationalize your double standard any way you like.

Personally, I'm not super invested in policing anybody's speech. But the example given does smack of hypocrisy, and your reasoning is flimsy.

Posted by kitschnsync on June 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Knat 20
Some great deadpan humor from Eisenberg there.
Posted by Knat on June 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM · Report this
blip 19
@12/15, Hypocrisy would require both slurs to be equal and opposite. They are opposite, but they are not equal.
Posted by blip on June 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Fnarf 18
What do you mean, "the" male reproductive organ? I thought all males had them. I know I do, and if you think you're apologizing to mine you've got another think coming.

@15, now you're talking. Eisenberg is clearly the cunt here. The interviewer is a SILLY cunt, which is an entirely different thing. Neither are reproductive organs.
Posted by Fnarf on June 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM · Report this
biffp 17
@2, it is, and she's getting a pass based on her looks. I don't think she's a dick, just beautiful and unoriginal.
Posted by biffp on June 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM · Report this
This clip was actually kind of cute. I didn't sense any true awkwardness. And that little interviewer is adorable, whoever she is!
Posted by catsnbanjos on June 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 15
@9 Fair enough. Now I won't feel bad about calling you a hypocritical cunt.
Posted by kitschnsync on June 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 14
Area Man Watches Clip Six Times To Figure Out If Celebrity Was Rude.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on June 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 13
I assumed (and still do) that it was scripted. Isn't this how it works? Evidence: what was supposed to happen? She was going to ask him to do a card trick and then that's the end? How would anybody feel motivated to link to that?

Posted by Michael of the Green on June 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
@6: I understand that fully, but it is equally easy to understand that using gendered insults while claiming that sexism and gendered insults are wrong makes one a hypocrite.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on June 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 11
Junkets, with a hundred talking heads all trying to be "cute" and "unique" and provocative with someone whose brain has just undergone a nonstop series of interviews are enough to make any actor go through a grumpy nervous breakdown. I have some sympathy, even if some are able to to smile cheerfully (and SEEMINGLY effortlessly) through all the monotony.
Posted by undead ayn rand on June 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM · Report this
blip 10
@8, Sure. The point is that they are not of equal offense, so it is not hypocritical to use one but not the other.

But yes, why not avoid the derail altogether by not using either of them.
Posted by blip on June 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
@8 - Because sometimes using "bad" words is an effective way to make a point? And sometimes because I just fucking feel like it and you're not my real mom anyway?
Posted by MacCrocodile on June 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 8
@6 If both are bad, why use either?
Posted by kitschnsync on June 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Why the fuck is Jussie Eisenberg so hot? FUCK.
Posted by bleepinbleep on June 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM · Report this
blip 6
Gendered insults would only deserve equal treatment if both genders were treated equally by society. They're not. Think faggot vs breeder. Nigger vs honkey. Both are bad but one is worse. Much, much worse. I can't believe liberal readers of a liberal rag don't undrstand this, but there it is.
Posted by blip on June 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 5
Yes, if you would just capitulate to the demands of your critics, you'd save yourself a lot of trouble.
Posted by MacCrocodile on June 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Dick (Dickish, dickishness, etc) may be gendered, but it does have a particular meaning. Although women have real power over men in certain scenarios and can therefore be "reverse sexist" (unlike reverse-racism, which can't happen in our current time). In this case, a journalist for a free mag-rag can use it against an actor in pop-movies, and it's no harm no foul.
Posted by fetish on June 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 3
I mean, if you are going to claim that gendered insults at all are wrong, you kind of just have to go with it all the way, lest you be a hypocrite. Sexism does not magically become ok if it is directed toward the tribe that is not your own.

People will say that "dick" is ok because of power dynamics, but really people just do not want to lose the "freedom" to call people dicks. It is a great little compact insult, isn't it? But then again, we could all just use "asshole" and skip the whole gender mess. Does make our profanity a bit dull though.

Personally, I do not really care what words people choose to use, but there it is.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on June 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
I thought this was a Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis-style awkward setup interview on purpose. Was it not?
Posted by doceb on June 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM · Report this
kitschnsync 1
How about if you just don't use gendered insults, Paul? Is that a big sacrifice for you?

You can probably come up with something that doesn't involve apologies to any particular group or papier-mache organ.
Posted by kitschnsync on June 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this

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