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The Woman Saved by Ryan Gosling Speaks Out: I'm Not Damsel in Distress

April 05, 2012 02:45:00 GMT

Complaining about the buzzing story about her being saved by the actor from getting hit by a car, Laurie Penny says, 'I refuse to be cast in any sort of boring supporting female role.'


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News that Ryan Gosling rescued a woman from getting hit by a cab got wide coverage on the web, but the lady who got saved by the actor didn't think it was newsworthy enough. Identified as a U.K. journalist named Laurie Penny, she said the incident, which "lasted about five seconds," was exaggerated and she told people to calm down about it.

Penny was miffed because she thought she's "being framed as the ditzy damsel in distress in this story." She additionally noted that what the "Drive" actor did was normal as "people do lovely, considerate things for other people all the time." She adds, "I don't believe that the fact that A-list celebrities occasionally act like human beings is in itself news."

Though she felt grateful and was "a little bit swoony" after the incident, Penny insisted "the sentiment [of] 'Ryan Gosling is a total hero and saved this woman's life!' needs to be reassessed." She went on, "The real heroes I've met in America are risking everything to make sure that the United States doesn't slide further into bigotry, inequality and violence."

The self-proclaimed feminist continued, "I do not mean any disrespect to Ryan Gosling, who is an excellent actor and, by all accounts, a personable and decent chap. I thought he was marvelous in 'The Ides of March', and will feel weird about objectifying him in future now that I have encountered him briefly as an actual human."

The female journalist concluded her thoughts by stressing, "I refuse to be cast in any sort of boring supporting female role, even though I have occasional trouble crossing the road, and even though I did swoon the teeniest tiniest bit when I realized it was him. I think that's lazy storytelling, and I'm sure Ryan Gosling would agree with me."

Ryan Gosling saved Laurie Penny from getting run over by a speeding car on 6th Avenue. "I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened," she tweeted. "I was crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London. Ryan Gosling grabbed me away from a taxi."

Penny furthermore recalled, "He did not say 'hey, girl.' He said 'hey, watch out!' " She added, "Identity of no-idea-if-actually-a-manarchist-but-definitely-a-decent-sort Ryan Gosling confirmed by girl near me, who said 'you lucky b***h'." She later followed it with another note, "I don't mean to be a d**khead about this but I really think it's a bit of a fuss over not very much."

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posted by Jamie on Apr 05, 2012
"I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened," .. and then she says that people are exaggerating it? Also, she said multiple times that she felt "swoony" afterwards, but when other people write about being charmed by the narrative, they're being weak-headed and being too attached to sexist cliches? Feminism has not achieved everything it set out to (including highly practical concepts like equal pay), but the most ardent of its adherents have swung so far past the mid point on the pendulum that they all need to take a time out and read a biology book before they make themselves look any more ignorant. Men and women aren't the same, from a cognitive standpoint, nor from a physical standpoint. The differences between men and women are why we need things such as support groups and safe havens for abused women. Fighting for fair treatment under the law is great. Fighting to rewrite biology and psychology books only detracts from our ability to serve each gender's unique needs and wants.
posted by Bill on Apr 05, 2012
She is being a d***head. RG can go on all ge wants about the whole thing being no big deal. That would be expected. For for the woman he pulled out of the path of the taxi to be more concerned about looking foolish than acting thankful for what Gosling did and even saying that what he did should not be viewed as anything special really makes her look like a total jerk. Wonder if Gosling wishes now he had just let her walk out in front of that taxi?

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