In an interview today with MTV’s Guy Code Blog, Kate Upton tried not to trip over namedropping her corporate sponsors and the interviewer’s erection long enough to walk back her comments from her Elle interview a few months back. In case you missed it, Upton had spoken to Elle about how her frustration with being objectified (after appearing on a Sports Illustrated cover, arguably, for the soul purpose of being objectified):
“After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I’m not a toy, I’m a human. I’m not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your sh*t out.”
When asked to elaborate on those comments, she responded with “The Elle interview, for me, seemed a little bit driven on how they wanted to point the article.” Zoinks. Upton clarified, saying:
“What I actually meant by that was that men assume things when you — for any woman — if you’re beautiful, then you’re a certain way. Women need to have their own self-respect and know how they want to be treated. And it’s not about how they’re putting themselves out there; it’s about how men want to manipulate the situation for themselves. Women go along with a lot of things that they don’t feel comfortable with, and they don’t voice their opinion.”
I don’t quite understand her need to distance herself from the Elle interview, considering that her clarifying comments don’t seem all that different. And I’m not crazy about her implication that men assume things about beautiful women. Men assume things about women. That’s not a privileged problem.
It makes sense that Elle might drive the interview in a direction that would cause Upton to condemn her SI cover; it’s a narrative they’re potentially more comfortable with. Kate Upton makes her living off of her body and the male gaze, and who knows how (or if) Elle steered the conversation. I’m not really sure what she’s getting at, but it seems like she’s saying it’s okay for her to put herself in a position to be objectified, as long as men don’t manipulate the situation. I don’t know if that means actually objectifying her or just in her personal life. Then again, it doesn’t matter if I get it or not because it’s up to her.
Kate Upton is possibly okay with being objectified, but not when men make assumptions. Okay, I think I get it now. Well, I don’t, but it doesn’t matter.
Photos: Getty Images, Sports Illustrated