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Elizabeth Banks vs. Nikki Finke: 'Ugly or Pretty Has Nothing to Do with Funny'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 28, 2012 at 11:47AM

Actress/comedian Elizabeth Banks ("30 Rock," "The Hunger Games") has blogged in response to Nikki Finke's comment at the Emmys that "beautiful actresses are not funny," with a post entitled "Ugly or pretty has nothing to do with funny." Finke made her comment about women in comedy in her "Live-Snarking The 64th Emmys" post just after Julie Bowen's "Modern Family" win.
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Elizabeth Banks

Actress/comedian Elizabeth Banks ("30 Rock," "The Hunger Games") has blogged in response to Nikki Finke's comment at the Emmys that "beautiful actresses are not funny," with a post entitled "Ugly or pretty has nothing to do with funny." Finke made her comment about women in comedy in her "Live-Snarking The 64th Emmys" post just after Julie Bowen's "Modern Family" win.

According to Finke, comedy is "all about emotional pain and humiliation and rising above both by making people laugh with you instead of at you," thus suggesting that only "ugly" women have access to emotional pain and humiliation.  Not so, writes Banks, who "walked out of the bathroom with toilet paper on my shoe just this morning. And Sophia Vergara split her dress last night. And that really made me laugh."

Banks adds: "Wouldn't it be great if older, more experienced women like Ms. Finke were kinder to her fellow females in the entertainment business? She might do more for our cause."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.