If you’ve ever been on the internet, you’ve more than likely seen Sarah Jessica Parker – actress, executive producer, Broadway star – compared to a common horse. In fact, there’s a whole website for it: SarahJessicaParkerLooksLikeAHorse.com, in which pictures of her are posted alongside a horse the author thinks looks vaguely similar:
For most of us, this kind of relentless, public face-shaming would be incredibly hard to take. We’d feel sad, we’d turn inwards, we wouldn’t want to be in the public eye. But SJP, to her credit, never seems to have given much of a shit – and now she’s gone one better.
She’s signed up as the face of Jordache Jeans – whose logo is a horse.
There’s no possible way this is an oversight. She’s been hounded with the horse comparison for years, and if I know people, has probably been neighed at in the street more than once. So while people on Twitter are speculating that this is a giant error on her part and she must be unaware of it, we see it differently.
She’s trolling us back.
As the mighty Tyrion Lannister points out in Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire, if you prefer), sometimes taking people’s insults and running with them is the most powerful thing you can do.
I’ve definitely found this to be true. When some trolling dickwad set up three puppet Twitter accounts just so he could call me “Queen of the Humblebrag,” I put it in my bio. I used it as my WiFi password. I took it, made it mine, and stripped it of its power.
SJP is doing the same thing. People will continue to call her a horse for as long as they think it’ll hurt her. If they see her laughing, owning it, and carrying on regardless, where’s the fun? You can’t laugh at someone who’s laughing at themselves.
There’s a good reason this is my favourite Ichabod the Optimistic Canine cartoon:
People are going to be sucky no matter what you do. They’re going to talk shit about you, they’re going to call you names, they’re going to be jealous and nasty and hateful and hurtful. You can’t stop that. But you can take it, turn it around, and make them feel powerless.
And if you can make a giant pile of sponsorship money while you’re at it? Even better. Rock on, SJP.
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