GQ Names Kristen Wiig Bro Of The Year, Makes Her Pose In Lingerie

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GQ is revealing its picks for its annual "Men of the Year" issue one by one, and yesterday's announcement came with a little gender bending surprise: Kristen Wiig is the Bro of the Year! Yay! Women in comedy have finally arrived! Oh, wait, it's accompanied by a picture of Wiig in sexy black lingerie? I guess women have arrived, but their luggage got lost or something. Or they've arrived in one of those stress dreams where everyone else is wearing clothes except for them.


The write up accompanying the pictorial evidence that Wiig is indeed hot enough to chill with the bros fawns over her talent and hilarity; it was penned by the incomparable Jon Hamm. Hamm reflects on the non-fun involved in shooting the awkward Bridesmaids sex scene between Wiig and him, but also on her surprising shyness,

For a lot of comics, there's a persona they're not comfortable revealing unless they're performing. Kristen is incredibly shy; she has her hoodie pulled up and her sleeves pulled over her hands. But this is a woman who wore coconuts on her tits on SNL; she can go to the craziest, most grotesque places on the planet in character. Kristen came late to performing, and the way she rose through the ranks speaks both to her drive and to her wild talent.

Aw. Don't you just want to hug Jon Hamm?

It's great that Wiig's being recognized for her comedic contributions, but I have a dream that one day ladies can be considered ladybros without having to show their ladylumps.

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Kristen Wiig is hilarious, and for all intents and purposes she's got a body that she's got no problem showing off and GQ is a magazine for straight men who like looking at ladies in their unmentionables, and, you know, fine. But naming Wiig "Bro of the Year" and then featuring her in a sexylady configuration poses questions that even Hamm's glowing writeup can't quell. For example: why is the bro of the year wearing even less clothing than Mila Kunis, GQ's Knockout of the Year? And why do none of the men who won awards feel compelled to pose in their skivvies? Maybe some of them have really enviable muscles? Is a ladybro simply a less hot but also less annoying to hang out with version of the knockout? Guess I have a lot to learn about the intricacies of the sacred path to brodom.


Kristen Wiig: GQ Men of the Year 2011: Bro of the Year [GQ]



Jesus Fucking Christ. Of course no one "forced" her to do this shoot, no one "held a gun to head", as some of you so hyperbolically raged against below. Can we please quit with the "well, it's my choice" bullshit that we all too often use to cut off any deeper discussion about how choices are not made in a vacuum. Yes, it was her choice to wear lingerie, HOWEVER, it is not simply enough to say that because she made a choice, we cannot comment on it. What we should do is discuss why she made the choice to pose in lingerie. What kind of societal forces are at play when a talented women feels the need to do this? Why is it a complement for a women to be recognized as a "bro", but to suggest that a male held feminine qualities would be a deep insult. Why is that displaying half naked women for the male gaze is quite normal these days, but I don't see same amount of skin from male comedians, even in other magazines?

tl;dr: You, me, and everyone else all make choices everyday, but we'd all be stupid to say that they aren't in the least influenced by outside forces. We need to critically examine these outside forces.