‘They think they should have big lips and oranges’: Dawn French says women ‘b******d up’ chance of equality by becoming ‘Jessica Rabbit’
Don French has said that women came close to equality, but ‘b*****ed it up’ by becoming Jessica Rabbit.
The 64-year-old actress and comedian says she feels for her daughter growing up today and young girls who are pressured to achieve an “impossible” version of physical perfection.
Miss French, who has previously opened up about her weight loss struggles, compared the current trend for bigger lips, “Kardashian shapes” and a tan, to an animated sex symbol from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
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‘I totally can’t love the right people,’ she told the Joe Black Meets podcast. ‘I don’t understand why people just want to show us’ [how perfect they are],
‘It makes me really sad, especially with young people. I feel for my daughter and Jennifer [Saunders] Daughters – and all daughters – feel like they have big lips and they have to be orange and have to blink all the time.
‘And that they must have a Kardashian size. Impossible stuff. While her flawed real beauty is just heavenly – it is bliss. This is joy. I’d love to have that crawl back on us.’
She continued: ‘And after all the fights women have had to be equal somewhere [to men], We kind of went and ended it at the last minute by becoming Jessica Rabbits.’
Iconic: Miss French, who has previously opened up about her weight loss struggles, compared the current trend for big lips, ‘Kardashian shapes’ and a tan to the animated sex symbol from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (pictured) Of.
She said she is for the peacock of ‘any man, woman, whoever’ while performing, but in real life she likes ‘crunchy w****r’.
She said, ‘If you’ve made a bigger mistake than me, I’m going to laugh heartily. ‘I’m going to feel ashamed of you when you made that mistake and I’m going to love you all the more for it. That’s how I feel about it.’
Miss French has a daughter, 30-year-old Billy, with her first husband, Sir Lenny Henry.
His close friend and collaborator Miss Saunders has three daughters – Ella, 36, Beatty, 35, and Freya, 31 – with comedian Ed Edmondson.
The Wicker Of Dibli star also opened up about fighting to be taken seriously at the publication, claiming she rallied against suggestions that she has ‘girly’ front covers.
Miss French, who has written four novels, said: ‘I had to fight for my books against the kind of covers that were recommended to me only by my publishers, slowly … on a swing … and alluring, Accessible, Women’s, Casual, Cardigan.
‘I thought it wasn’t what the writing was about so why would I want to do it? And that’s not even who I am. Please don’t represent me like this. So I fought and fought and fought to get very plain cover with a plain little image. With black and red writing.
‘It’s an attempt to say “take me seriously”. Some of this book will be funny but take me seriously. I have taken it seriously. It has taken me a year to write it.’
The Candidate: The Wicker of Dibley star also opened up about fighting to be taken seriously in the publication, claiming she rallied against suggestions that she has ‘girly’ front covers.