Two days ago, I covered Megan Fox’s February Esquire cover story. I actually didn’t hate Megan in the interview – I mean, she said a ton of somewhat crazy things, but she didn’t seem as spitefully stupid as she has in past interviews. I said that Megan actually seemed to be growing up and maturing a bit, and I stand by that. At one point, Megan is talking about her old (fug) Marilyn Monroe tattoo (on her forearm) and how she’s getting it removed because she now sees Marilyn as a powerless victim rather than a sex symbol betrayed by her tragic sensuality. Or something. Here’s the relevant part:
She holds out her right arm to show me her tattoo of Marilyn Monroe. All that remains of Marilyn is a few drops of black against skin that is the color the moon possesses in the thin air of northern winters. She decided to get it removed, and after a single treatment the sex symbol of another age is barely recognizable. “I feel like I willed it be gone,” Fox says. “They told me it was going to take six sessions and it’s nearly gone in one.”
Other tattoos may be going soon as well. A quote on her rib cage reads: “There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her heart.” She thinks it’s stupid now. And she isn’t entirely sure about the line from Nietzsche either: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
But Marilyn will go first.
The reason is that Marilyn Monroe lost control. “I started reading about her and realized that her life was incredibly difficult. It’s like when you visualize something for your future. I didn’t want to visualize something so negative.”
But she was a great actress, a great icon, a figure of power.
“She wasn’t powerful at the time. She was sort of like Lindsay. She was an actress who wasn’t reliable, who almost wasn’t insurable…. She had all the potential in the world, and it was squandered,” she says, curled defensively on the sofa. “I’m not interested in following in those footsteps.”
Part of the reason I said Megan seemed to be maturing was because of this section of the interview – Megan has assessed Marilyn Monroe’s true standing in Hollywood, the real history apart from the mythology and death-cult that surrounds Marilyn’s memory, and Megan decided she wanted no part of it. Her comparison of Marilyn to Lindsay is particularly devastating, because that’s the one way in which Lindsay does not want to be compared to Marilyn. Unfortunately for all of us,. Megan took to Facebook to clarify her remarks on The Cracken:
In the newly released article that I did for Esquire, there is a reference that is made to Lindsay Lohan that I would like to clarify before it snowballs into something silly.
The journalist and I were discussing why I was removing my Marilyn Monroe tattoo, especially since in his opinion, Marilyn was such a powerful and iconic figure for women.
I attempted to draw parallels between Lindsay and Marilyn in order to illustrate my point that while Marilyn may be an icon now, sadly she was not respected and taken seriously while she was still living.
Both women were gifted actresses, whose natural talent was lost amongst the chaos and incessant media scrutiny surrounding their lifestyles and their difficulties adhering to studio schedules etc.
I intended for this to be a factual comparison of two women with similar experiences in Hollywood. Unfortunately it turned into me offering up what is really much more of an uneducated opinion.
It was most definitely not my intention to criticize or degrade Lindsay.
I would never want her to feel bullied, as she does not deserve that.
I was not always speaking eloquently during this interview and this miscommunication is my fault.
Oh, whatever. Megan’s initial assessment was dead-on, and dare I say, it was even complimentary towards Lindsay considering that at NO POINT has Lindsay ever had Marilyn’s talent or beauty. Megan’s Facebook clarification was just more “Pity poor Crackie” stuff – although I guess we should give Megan bonus points for attempting to explain herself when she said something controversial? The 2009 version of Megan Fox would never have done that.
Photos courtesy of Esquire.