QUESTION: Ladies, is This REALLY Offensive to You? [Video]

Recently, Vince Mancini from the FilmDrunk blog posted this video he created for his readership. I’ll let you check it out before asking you the big question.

So now that you’ve seen Vince’s video, here’s my question to you: Were you offended in any way by it? Apparently, there are a lot of people out there who thought the montage was not only sexist, but outrageous as well. As Vince would say: “It created an utter sh*t storm on twitter.”

Ok, so we’ve had our own share of sexy geeks and geekettes posts on [GAS] in the past, and I’ve almost never heard anyone complain about them, so I’m not so sure what the big deal is with this. I mean, is this in any way different than geekettes being into content that relates to Captain Tightpants, Vince Diesel, or Josh Bernstein?

I’d love to hear YOUR opinion about this, so be sure to let us know the comments section below!

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114 Responses to QUESTION: Ladies, is This REALLY Offensive to You? [Video]

  1. Not really sure what's sexist about it? Just a montage of ladies who like stuff most ladies don't care for. I think it highlights a special part of the female community that's usually stereotyped at as nonexistant or fat and ugly. We're real and we're cute!

  2. How is this offensive? It's just shedding light on the fact that not all geeks and nerds are weird looking social outcasts. I honestly think it's great, and I feel less alone ^_^

  3. I haven't seen the other comments over this video, but as a geeky woman, who also finds geeks sexy, I love the video! I don't see the controversy. I don't think these women are "pandering," I think they're being honest about themselves. And frankly, it's nice to see those gorgeous women have something like that in common with me.

    • The only thing I found at all offensive was the word "pandering" in the title. It implies that these women are not being honest about themselves. The video itself is great.

  4. Wow. Any girl, excuse me, woman, who found that offensive is such an embarrassment.

  5. I think the reason some are getting offended is because the title of the video seems to imply these ladies might not actually be geeky. That they are just saying they are to pander to a fanbase. While in some cases this may be true I think that many of these ladies might just enjoy what they enjoy and they aren't saying these things for some ulterior motive. I think if he had titled the video something else he wouldn't have this problem?

    • Also, /if/ any of these highly successful beautiful women /are/ just "pandering to nerds", then they must think that nerds are important to their success. So in /either/ case, I think our work here is done.

  6. sexist? hell, I find this empowering more than anything. *sarcasm on* oh NO how da~re they put a spotlight on successful attractive nerdy women! They'll betray the secret that my cult has protected for so long!

  7. I don't think that this was sexist at all. I love it when my fellow geekettes show their dorkier side. :D

  8. I don't find it offensive at all. I do, however, believe the actual title is what may be causing the trouble, as "pandering" can certainly be construed as offensive. It suggests that the nerd/geek factor of these women may be less than factual and they are simply using it as a ploy to the geek male counterpart they are speaking with. I think it's simply a misuse of the word, perhaps. Unless they've got some publicists seriously coaching their nerd diologue, I'd say their interests are as genuine as my own and there is no pandering to be found here!

  9. I don't understand how that's sexist at all…o_O; Sure maybe some of them are catering to their nerdy fans, but I think most of them are being honest. And its kinda awesome.

  10. I don't see what the big deal is. I'm a geekette myself and saw nothing sexist at all in there. The closest I got to being offended was seeing that underage actress wearing such a revealing dress. She's a child. Can't she talk about World of Warcraft with a dress that covers her boobs?

  11. I'm not really offended by that. I guess it depends on the intent of the video though.

    I guess I can see where people could be mad about the focus on "hot women" instead of using a term like celebrity or actress or something.

    I guess you could also think that the creator of the video was saying that these women aren't genuine when they say they like all these geeky things and that they are just trying to get a broader fan-base and get support from nerds and geeks since he used the word pandering.

    If those are the case then I would find it a little offensive. maybe I'm a bit naive, but I just saw it as pointing out the fact that a lot of women, even "beautiful" or "successful" women that are looked highly upon in society, are becoming more open to and open about things like star wars and world of warcraft that are usually seen as things for only the nerds and geeks and "not cool" people, like in an 80s high school movie.

    anyway, that was a long answer to a short question, sorry. but no, it doesn't make me want to rage and protest.

  12. Maybe I just don't understand the context in which VM made the video, but I certainly don't see anything offensive. It's a bunch of women talking about the geeky things they like. I'm not sure how genuine they are, and maybe they are just actresses trying to reach a particular audience in order to boots ratings/ticket sales, but I'll gladly be counted in the company of hot geeky women like Mila Kunis and Olivia Munn! .

  13. i don't understand how this could be sexist or offensive at all. i think it's a great montage of beautiful women who like "nerdy" stuff – but really, c'mon…it just goes to show that us geekettes are super awesome AND super hot ;)

  14. Wot?!? Wait so geeky women are sexist? I have no words to describe the stupidity of this. If you could put all the super models ever created into one body to make some Khan Noonien Singh type super model I would still take some geek chick over her any day of the week.

  15. I think it's friggin' epic!! Coming from a absolute geek herself, I love seeing fellow geek chicks publicising that nerds will always be best! I loved everything that every actress mentioned (especially WoW and Star Wars). Although, I would have to add Stargate to my list because just hearing the theme music stirs my soul.

    Maybe it's just an actress thing. ;-)

  16. I think the offense comes from the word 'pandering' in the video's title. All I saw was a bunch of talented and sexy lady-geeks with enough self-confidence to let their geek flags fly!

  17. The problem the implication that attractive women claiming to be into that sort of thing are only "pandering" to nerds. It makes them out to be fake, pretending to like "nerd" stuff just to get that money or attention, and also implies that only "nerds" are into any of the stuff mentioned.

    So, offensive? Maybe, maybe not. Insulting? Sure. Inaccurate? Most likely.

  18. The "offensive" thing about it only really makes sense when you've read the original or the follow-up article (The follow-up is linked on here). Basically, the creator of the video was trying to explain that a lot of celebrities act up to being geeks/nerds in some attempt to pander their audiences into watching their films.

    I can see why someone who didn't entirely understand the original reasoning behind the video might find it sexist, but it's not. Nowhere did the writer say that women can't be attractive and geeky, as shown by the woman near the end talking about BSG, but he was merely pointing out that a lot of celebrities merely put on this show in order to get guys to feel more like watching their new movie or whatever.

  19. The only thing that MIGHT be sexist at all is the title, which suggests that the girls in question are not in fact geeks but rather were "pandering" to geeks by saying they were into geek subjects… I do find it in fact insulting to suggest that because they were sexy they could not actually be into what they say they are..

  20. I posted this on FB, but I will put it here too.

    pander [?pænd?] vb 1. (intr; foll by to) to give gratification (to weaknesses or desires) n also 'panderer 1. a person who caters to vulgar desires, esp in order to make money. Look at the definition of pander. Is that really what he was trying to say? Vocabulary needs to be used carefully. It can't just be thrown about like you are at a buffet. If you use words carelessly then don't be upset if you are misunderstood. My two cents.

  21. I’ll be honest, I am a bit confused. Like most other people who have commented, I fail to see what is offensive. Even if one of the girls isn’t actually geeky and is pandering to hormonal nerdy boys, who cares?

    What I find offensive is when you see a booth babe at a sci-fi con or E3 who has no idea what she is promoting. There are plenty of geek girls who are gorgeous enough to be models (and many are) who can do something like that. An actual pretty geek girl
    pandering a little to promote a project isn’t offensive.

  22. I'll be honest, I am a bit confused. Like most other people who have commented, I fail to see what is offensive. Even if one of the girls isn't actually geeky and is pandering to hormonal nerdy boys, who cares?

    What I find offensive is when you see a booth babe at a sci-fi con or E3 who has no idea what she is promoting. There are plenty of geek girls who are gorgeous enough to be models (and many are) who can do something like that. An actual pretty geek girl
    pandering a little to promote a project isn't offensive.

  23. I’ll be honest, I am a bit confused. Like most other people who have commented, I fail to see what is offensive. Even if one of the girls isn’t actually geeky and is pandering to hormonal nerdy boys, who cares?

    What I find offensive is when you see a booth babe at a sci-fi con or E3 who has no idea what she is promoting. There are plenty of geek girls who are gorgeous enough to be models (and many are) who can do something like that. An actual pretty geek girl
    pandering a little to promote a project isn’t offensive.

  24. I think it's cool as hell… even Megan Fox who I normally can't stand. There might actually be some redeeming feature to her personality, i.e., she has one.

  25. I think it's offensive in that it implies that these women will do anything to further their careers and are not genuine. It also seems to suggest that being attractive precludes being a geek. It's most offensive in that it perpetuates the stereotype that all geeks are unattractive and have nothing to offer the world besides their geekdom. The guy who made this is clearly very, very lonely. ¬_¬

  26. Except that even then, who's he to judge what's legit and what's not? I mean he includes Kristen Bell as an example of his "lame liking Star Wars comments" thing when the movie she's being interviewed about (on a show where she and the host geek the hell out every time she's on) is about Star Wars fans! He admits, himself, that he only included Rosario Dawson not because he has any doubt about her love of Star Trek but because he thought her using Klingon was great… which makes it a terrible example for his purposes.

    He says he's not out to question anyone's geek cred, but that's exactly what his video does as it contains the basic assumption that none of these people really care enough to talk about this stuff and are only mentioning it to score some sort of points with the audience.

    • I agree. If anything, it's sexist because it is implying that hot, sexy, successful women can't possibly be real geeks. The maker of the video seems to think that he has the authority to decide who is and who is not a geek.

      The fact that there are sexy female celebrities is not sexist.

  27. What is sexist about this exactly?

    All the non-geek bitches gettin' mad cuz the hotter ladies are HAWT and have good taste?

    Jog on bitches. Its the year of the geek. Get over it.

  28. Lots of "I'm a star wars nerd" remarks there. Digging star wars doesn't make you a nerd. Being a "star wars nerd" at a con is like being a pirate at a renaissance festival. Don't get me wrong. I love [the real] Star Wars but being a fan of a single element of pop culture fandom does not make you a nerdgeekdork. Being into video games doesn't either. Neither does cosplay, but keep the cosplay coming please. Letting your "nerd flag fly" on weekends or whatever doesn't win you nerd points. So what does all this mean? This is all a symptom if the post-nerd era. nerdgeekdorks are a dying breed. It used to be that these things were huge elements of the lives of the people who were into them and that focus on these things to the exclusion of a social life made you an outcast. But these things are everywhere now. Superheroes are everywhere. Everyone admits to having played D&D. Gaming consoles are as common as TVs. People who play with computers are billionaires. Recognizing the coolness of something that some of us have been into for decades does not make you one of us. Maybe some of these women are true dyed-in-the-wool nerdgeekdorks and that's awesome, but it doesn't matter. If anything this should offend nerds more than women, but there's nothing really offensive about it at all.

    Now excuse me while I jump into WoW and try to find Mila Kunis

    • There was a funny moment on some British talk show where the host mentioned that he played WoW and Vin Diesel obviously thought he was just trying to "connect with the guest" or setting him up for a joke. The host was insistant that he had played, but that his wife was hardcore, so Diesel quizzed him a bit and was impressed that the guy's wife actually did play.

      It's sort of the reverse of this, as it was an actor making the host of the show verify his geek cred before he'd really talk about it.

    • See, now I don't get this viewpoint. It's terribly elitist.

      It's entirely possible that someone who loves Star Wars and no other "geeky" things could still be a geek or a nerd. A geek is someone who is intensely interested/involved in a topic. People who say they love Star Wars could very well be going to SW cons, collecting figurines, be able to quote the movies, be well versed in trivia etc. Cosplayers are, pretty much always, obsessed or intent on their chosen subject – whether it is cosplay in general or a particular show/movie/game. If they don't like something outside of that show/movie/game, why are they not geeks? The fit the definition.

      There is no requirement to like more than one geeky thing to be a geek.

      You are claiming that your geekdom is somehow superior to a fan of one particular subset of geek culture because you like more than one thing. Who are you to judge?

      /rant

      (sorry, this just gets me a little riled up)

  29. I love this. Makes being a geeky nerdy girl all the better. And omg Mila Kunis plays WoW!! ^.^

  30. I am confused? I am a sexy geekette and found it to be simply a montage of other sexy geekettes…

    I do not get the offensive part… but whatever, seems like we all enjoyed it.

  31. I would be offended if they only talked to unattractive women about WoW and BSG. Anytime I can be (almost) in the same group as Mila Kunis and Rosario Dawson is a good time for me.

  32. Who found this offensive, now? I mean… Ugh. I don't even know where to begin. Yes, there's TONS of sexy women out there who enjoy Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, comics, anime and manga. Not all of us are famous and uber successful, and there's nothing wrong with the ones that are letting the world know what they like and dislike. I mean, would anyone be offended if I make a video about men who like My Little Pony and Winnie the Pooh and cooking? It's the same thing. The only ones being sexist and immature are the people complaining about the video.

  33. That's actually an awesome montage — except for the title. I don't see how they could be accused of pandering when they can actually name their favorite comic book artists, bust out Klingon vocab in a comparison of Battlestar and Trek, etc.

  34. clearly what's offensive about it is the title "Hot Women Pandering to Nerds."

    If it were hot guys that were into Star Wars, would we really think that these hot male actors were 'pandering' to nerd-grrls? no, we were assume they were into star wars b/c it's effin' awesome, that's why. seems pretty obvious to me.

  35. Nathan Fillion is a hot guy who is also a nerd, yet he's cool. But if a hot actress starts talking nerdy, then she's pandering? Oh no, that's not sexist at all. And you should have included the article that was posted with the video. That was the really sexist part in emphasizing how these hot women weren't really into the nerdy stuff, they were just pandering to the male audience.

    Actually, what really bothered me was the ensuing High Council discussion in which they defined who is/isn't a nerd based on a bunch of ridiculous turf pissing. If you like Star Wars, you're not a "real" nerd. Right, 'cause all the mocking we went through as kids over being Star Wars nerds was just like cheerleading camp.

  36. are they offended because these celebrities turn out to be REAL people? turns out they have the same hobbies, fascinations and interests that oh i dunno…..80% of the population has. I mean seriously. have you been to a con lately? when they can net 400,000 people at a convention in a weekend it's not like these fantasy interests are uncommon.

  37. I'm going to agree that the only sexist thing here was the title, "Pandering" generally means saying untrue and insincere things to win approval, and I'm quite sure that most of these ladies really do have the geeky hobbies and interests they mentioned.. Esp Megan Fox, While I love "Fathom" that is NOT a title the ignorant would even know about to pop off to impress someone else.

  38. I see nothing wrong here.
    Just women who have great hobbies. Men have these hobbies too. What difference does it make what they look like?
    Anyone can like anything. Being a nerd is not just for the brainy kid in high school. You never know if your head cheerleader is an obsessed Doctor Who fan who collects StarWars figures while reading manga.

  39. I'm not offended. In fact, this is a STUPID thing to get offended over. I'll keep my offense for more serious problems like women being over sexualized in the media, or not being allowed an education, or being treated like they have less value than a prized mule.

    What's interesting to me is that anyone thinks simply enjoying Star Trek or Star Wars makes one nerdy. Oh no, that's not nerdy. That's called having good taste. It's a shame such a vast portion of our culture is not aware of the distinction.

    Liking Star Wars as a teenager did not make me nerdy. Subscribing to the official magazine, reading the novels (which I still own), buying companion books, the comic books, playing the table top RPG alone in my bedroom (because I had no friends to play with), and making sure I married someone who liked Star Wars too…… THAT made me nerdy. (I'm not as in to Star Wars now. The new movies killed it for me, ugh. But no worries! There are so many other things to geek out over! :D )

  40. Let's see, sexy ladies who are geeks. How is this sexist? Although, some of them are just a little on the boring side, with only Star Wars to fall back on. Overall, as a woman and an uber-geek, I don't find this at all sexist, just rather interesting.

  41. Offended? No.

    Slightly

    turned on? Yes.

    But seriously, why all the hub-bub? Are people seriously offended by women who have a "non-feminine" side?i don't think I could even talk to a stereotypical 'girly-girly' in any way, I'm too far-gone over the nerd event horizon.

    I know it's kind of close minded, but if I can't actually carry out a conversation with someone about something we both find interesting (even if we have opposing views), I don't see the point in affiliating with them.

  42. BAHAHAHAHA As if any of them are "nerds". They just want nerdy guys to think "SHE'S HOT AND WE'D GET ALONG!"

  43. I can see why some would think they are just pandering to geeks, but those are the people that think being a geek is something sacred or shunned. It’s not 1985 anymore. People are being more open about their little quirks and niches and I call that being HONEST. If any of those girls were asked if they liked Star Wars/games/whatever and denied it to save face… THEN I would be offended.

  44. I find the pandering offensive! I hate being balled together with people who "like X-Men" of "play World of Warcraft"! First of all, my sister will tell anyone that simply saying you like X-Men is not enough! You have to either name drop(ex. Wolverine's real name or his "kids"), or issue/event/saga drop!(ex."I totally got thrown off my House of M!")

    She would also be angered by the WoW(along with me) being Geeky, because even our Olympic weight-lifting ogre of a friend.
    It's like saying Facebook is geeky.

  45. I don’t think it’s offensive. I question how liking one or two relatively mainstreamed “nerdy” or “geeky” things actually makes you a nerd yourself. For instance, and this might be geek bias, but seriously, who doesn’t like Star Wars? Happening to like Star Wars hardly qualifies you as a geek these days. And video games? Hardly geeky in and of itself. I guess in my world you have to be able to get obscure on people’s asses before you can call yourself a legit geek. Maybe my nerd-standards are too high.

    I think
    it’s more the pandering then the objectifying. With some (not necessarily all) of these celebs, the whole “I’m such a nerd” schtick just kind of smacks of their agent/manager & the show host
    prompting them to claim nerd status. Plus the angle of being “secretly” a geek, like they’re making a private confession on national television that will *just happen* to immediately cause them to trend on Google.
    It’s more lame than offensive.

    • While I agree on some level, I think there is probably a limit where you cross the line from “nerd” over to “Hipster”

    • But why? You have no idea how much those women might or might not like Star Wars, x-men, WoW. Who are you to make that judgement?

      When I tell someone I like X-Men, I don't go into detail unless I'm asked. Same goes for pretty much every single geeky thing that I'm into. Unless I get questioned further, I'm not going to babble about it.

      Also, there is nothing wrong with loving one particular facet of geek culture to the exclusion of others. The Star Wars fans could very possibly know all the trivia, be able to quote the movies, collect the figurines, go to SW cons. You just don't know. Sure, some of them might be pandering but how could you possibly know unless you know the women?

      And not everyone likes Star Wars. I know quite a number of people that don't. Misguided people obviously. Some of those people are even geeks in other ways – like I know several Trekkies who hate Star Wars. I also know a number of mundanes who either haven't seen it or just don't enjoy it.

      The celebs that play video games, for all you know, could be super dedicated to that game. You don't know.

  46. Sexist and offensive are probably a bit strong… though it kind've annoys me that people think it's worth commenting on.

    It's a fact of life now- there are poser geeks and most of them are women because people assume geeks are boys (don't worry, I'm aware they aren't)

  47. I thought it was adorable!!! As a woman and a nerd, it makes ME feel good to see “hot” women admitting their nerdy/geeky side and proving that we aren’t stereotypical: gross, dirty, ugly, etc. I really don’t see what the problem is. And on top of that, I am a feminist!

  48. The title implies that hot women aren’t allowed to be nerds. If they happen to be geeky it’s just ‘pandering’. So apparently nerds are only guys or less attractive women.
    Change the title to ‘Hot Geek Ladies’ and there’s no real issue.

  49. I just don’t see what is so sexist about it. Perhaps there are some less than pretty lady geeks jealous over it…? Just my guess. I thought it was pretty funny.

  50. I have no idea why celebs saying they're geeks and like sci-fi shows offends people, or why it would be sexist. Celebs are people too, funny that.

    What's wrong about chicks liking/doing geeky stuff? I'm annoyed by the people that are offended/annoyed by this video.

  51. I'm not sure what there is to find offensive? Maybe because he used the word 'pandering' like these women didn't mean what they were saying and were just trying to get the geek crowd behind them? If that's the case than it's the actresses fault not the guy that made the video, I don't see these women as an issue having interests in such things.

  52. I think it's great. It shows a different side that you wouldn't expect those attractive and famous women to have. It's fun, because you just never know where you're gonna find nerds that are into a genre of entertainment that is still seen as "weird" or "outcast" in some way.

    Plus it breaks some stereotypes and that always gets a like from me.

  53. I'm not offended by the compilation, but I don't like that the women were said to be *pandering* to nerds. I think they were just doing their bit to represent…

    …which, as a geek girl myself, I heartily appreciate ;)

  54. the videos clips themselves are not offensive, but the context is. The maker of this video is implying that these women are not actually "nerds" that they are only pretending to be. It's the old boys club mentality of much of the geek community. the group team unicorn has been treated in a similar fashion. For more info on femininity and geekdom check out http://thefbomb.org/2011/01/girls-and-geekdom-the

  55. If you geek guys don't understand why the title is offensive, consider this: Whatever geeky thing you like – be it science fiction, gaming, comics, whatever – imagine somebody said that you could not possibly REALLY like it, you're just saying you do so you can impress women. Would you not be offended by that?

  56. The only thing that's potentially offensive about this is that the creator of this video might be assuming geek girls are generally unattractive trolls. The joke's on him; nothing more awesome than the fact women have become comfortable with their geekitude and fewer are submitting to the peer pressure of laying low.

  57. i just thought the title was funny i didnt take it as a presumption theyre faking it, im sure if they werent really interested in that geek stuff they'd b on a different show for a different fan base, they have the choice remember. i love women that are geeky, good to be able to talk to a girl about things like dnd n them not go i dont know what your talking about coz that makes me abit sad…

  58. i just thought the title was funny i didnt take it as a presumption theyre faking it, im sure if they werent really interested in that geek stuff they’d b on a different show for a different fan base, they have the choice remember. i love women that are geeky, good to be able to talk to a girl about things like dnd n them not go i dont know what your talking about coz that makes me abit sad…

  59. The problem isn't the video itself (I personally thought it was all pretty damn awesome), it's that all those clips were called, "pandering", as if those women were just making up the fact that they liked geeky things to appeal to the geek audience.

    I'd wonder why the guy who made the video thought that way. Hot women can't be smart and into geeky things? Really?

    *shrugs*

    • Why should I be offended by this video? Maybe because the world wants geek girls to be UGLY???
      That's the fact… "twilight people" detest the fact that some girls ADORE geeks.
      Geeks 1
      Rest of the world 0

  60. I am quite aware that there are quite some beautiful geekettes out there, my girlfriend being the most beautiful of them all (please don't hit me ladies), and I absolutely don't want at all to bash on the geeky tendences of these girls up there…

    But! On my personal view of geek, nerd, dork or whatever, there hardly is any glam in being dork, is there?

    And you can not call yourself nerd by knowing only one word of Klingon, can you? Or geek because of one of the films you like is Star Wars, between Twilight and [insert-crappy-film here]…. Just pointing this out to defend real geeks and not wanting people to say "I'm a huge nerd because [insert crappy reason here]" to get all geeks buying their products…

    However, I do not find this at all offensive, ok I'm a guy so I might not get it, but I've seen far worse montages out there…

    • But who are you to judge who is and who is not a geek? The term "geek" is self-identifying.

      There is no reason that a geek needs be intently interested in more than one thing.

      The major issue with the video is that the maker is implying that these women aren't real geeks. Yes, I doubt that they are all actual geeks but Rosario Dawson, Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell and even Megan Fox (shudder) are established geeks and, unless the maker knows the women involved, how can he possibly say that they are or not.

      Also, I find geeks considerably more attractive than non-geeks. So, geek glam is not an impossible thing.

      I'm bothered by the idea that something (that would normally fit into the geek category) is too mainstream to be considered geeky. When did geeks become hipsters?

  61. If I was a woman, I'd be more concerned about the stupid amounts of flesh displayed by most of these geekettes!
    Now THAT'S stereotyping!

  62. Um, I gotta wonder if their agents are telling them to say this stuff to increase their fan base in the now-powerful geek demographic. Some of them seemed to be parroting and the frequent eyes-to-the-side made me wonder if some of them were lying outright. Btw, I'm a female fan and I didn't find it offensive in the least, just cloying.

  63. The only the that was mildly offensive was the title (which I actually found more inaccurate than offensive). I don't think they were pandering to nerds, I think they are nerds! It's only offensive if people feel that the only reason that attractive women would say they like geeky things is to build a fan base. That makes the people who say such a thing eye rolling-ly dumb.

  64. I think the "offensive" part is the fact that Mancini is calling this "pandering," which implies that these ladies are making stuff up in order to validate their nerd cred – as if hot ladies can't be nerds.

    As a super sexy MILF geek, I wasn't offended by the video per se. Just the idea that Mila Kunis, et al, were "pandering," instead of what they were actually doing – coming out of the nerd closet.

  65. It's nice to see that more famous women are becoming more and are interested in the geeky stuff, but I don't see how it's offensive. The only thing that might be offensive is that people still think that beautiful women can't like the geeky stuff on their own.

  66. Some of those girls weren't particularly geeky, but I wasn't offended by it in any way….

  67. It is sexist because of the use of the word "pandering" meaning that the creator of this video thinks that these women don't actually like these so-called geeky things. And I'd agree with him most of the time, except for Megan Fox. She named comics that aren't SPIDER-MAN and X-MEN generics.

  68. "Pander" commonly means to cater to without honesty. So in that way, the person who made the clip is saying that none of these women actually have interest in what they spoke about, that they just said those things to make nerd audiences like them.

    Probably some hyper-sensitive women looked up "pander" and found: "a person
    who
    furnishes clients for a prostitute or supplies persons for illicit sexual intercourse; procurer; pimp." and "a person who caters to or profits from
    the
    weaknesses or vices of others." Then they went, aaah, he's calling them slutty or something.

    The word "pander" itself comes from Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (14th century) where the character Pandarus runs messages back and forth between Troilus and Criseyde because Troilus is too much of a love sick baby to talk to her himself.

    I think some of the women in the video were pandering to nerd audiences (in the common sense, just saying stuff to make themselves more popular) but not all of them. So, bad call to use "pander". But if he thinks they're all pandering, then he's probably a hyper-geek and maybe a misogynist.

  69. (Okay, this may sound way more powerful than I meant it too so take it in measure. While it has sexist traits, I personally don't find that sexist. Well, except for the title)

    That video could be considered sexist because by showing examples that break the common patterns of "what girls and guys can be" (girls should be hot, nerds are guys etc) – it reminds us that they actually exist. In a perfect world, no one would think that it's great that I'm a girl geek because it'd just be trivial.
    Just like a video like "African Americans pretending to be hollywood-level actors" would be racist and offensive.

    By stating they're "hot women", you're objectifying them to some extent: while you're a full fledged person, they're just a body with nice enough boobs. (I said "to some extent" so don't take this statement as extreme or anywhere near that)
    By dedicating a video to them being geeky, you're saying that that's not ordinary. That you'd expect them to be just a pair of boobs, and you're surprised they're more than that.
    By using the word "pandering" you're suggesting that they're doing that just to make nerds slobber all over them, which is further objectification – the body is there to drool on, not to have its own thoughts and preferences. It says their motive is their audience.

    Perhaps changing the title to "Celebrities Admitting Their Geekness" would fix everything! You obviously never MEANT to objectify anyone, you just didn't think it through. I blame our society :)

    HOWEVER, that logic renders this website's logo and other posts here even more offensive (the logo is, BTW), so while my explanation still stands, maybe it's not as bad as one might infer.

    What this video does, though, is remind us that women CAN be geeks, which is something people who aren't part of a good scifi community might not even be aware of. I used to get annoyed at people in some geeky communities dissing me or praising me just for my gender, the more women who step up and say KA-PLAH, the less incidents like that I have to go through :)

  70. I can't find anything offensive in the video. Nothing sexist or any other kind of offensive material is in it. I don't know what they could be talking about, or who should be the people offended, seriously. As a young woman, I grew up after the trilogy of Star Wars was released (and Star Trek was already over too, I think, but I remember watching some episodes when I was very little), and then the other 3 films came up, being a success again. What could be bad about showing that some actresses, specially those in science fiction or action movies, like a great piece of art like that one?

  71. Nothing offensive at all there… I'm a geek chick and love knowing of others :D

  72. Well, I guess it is sexist in that it it's only about women and not men and derogatory in that he used the word 'pampered' but I don't see why other people would be offended by that. People should just think that the person who made this is an idiot and that's the end of it.

  73. A bit late, but the one part I find offensive is the use of the word "pandering." They're selling an image so I wouldn't be surprised if some of them are faking it, but to bother working on a Wookiee impression? Or how about Felicia Day's obvious nerdiness? The women who get geek tattoos? I can take some jokes about geek stuff being diametrically opposed to stuff women like, but generally only if they're set up as jokes. Framing them as serious – and yes some will take it as serious, at least at a gut level – perpetuates an image of womanhood that's limited and hurtful to women because it stigmatizes valid choices of how we can express ourselves as people who happen to have a second X chromosome and/or a vagina and/or a lot of estrogen floating around in us.