Katharine McPhee is very talented and very attractive. I have covered Smash over and over and not attacked Megan Hilty. I have never even used the woman's name in my posts and stuck to the character.
But after seeing the Bs in the Water Cooler Set yet again gang up on a woman and think it's cute and funny when it's just bitchy and embarrassing, let me put the problems with Megan Hilty into a language that Rachel Syme, Hillary Busis and all the rest can understand.
Megan Hilty is fat.
She is on TV playing a would-be actress. She's fat.
I'm sorry that shocks or upsets you but she's fat. She's Delta Burke fat. It's 2012 and she's fat.
'Marilyn Monroe was big!'
She didn't look fat. Also true, it was the fifties and early sixties and everyone was heavier then (everyone on screen).
2) She has no sex appeal. She is a cold fish that never comes across or manages to connect.
3) She is a wind-up doll. She does every song so adequately. She'll never show brilliance because she'll never be bad. She is merely adequate and that's why she's a little nothing in real life too. At her age, she should have achieved something. Her biggest credit is being the failed actress on a TV show.
31 is too old to be trying to establish yourself as an actress.
4) She cannot do the big screen.
On the small screen, she's frequently frightening. That face. That awful horse face. When she grins, she looks like a horse. Put a bit in her mouth before she starts braying.
So does that help? That's the way you write about Katharine McPhee every damn week. You trash her and you treat her like crap and you've done that every damn week.
Did it hurt to read those things about Megan Hilty?
Well good. Maybe before you start ripping apart McPhee, whose career has really just started, she's not in her thirties like Hilty, you might want to dial it down.
McPhee is pretty, McPhee is sexy and McPhee can sing. Sometimes she's bad. But sometimes she is amazing. Hilty will never reach that high because she is run-of-the-mill adequate.
Smash really is Funny Girl.
People didn't believe in Barbra. But when it was time to make the decision, they went with the talent. She didn't look like Fanny Brice, she wasn't the obvious choice. But she had a quality that made you want to save her.
Marilyn had that quality too.
So does McPhee.
She's a linebacker.
I can do this again and maybe I need to?
(I don't give a damn about Hilty before you e-mail. She could have called the trashing of McPhee out. She refused to and she's been laughing about the trashing. So I don't really care about the hurt feelings of a 30-something woman who's been hateful to her younger co-worker.)
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