Janeane Garofalo on Selling Out

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Janeane Garofalo on Selling Out

Janeane Garofalo says, so what if she gets Botox twice a year and wears Spanx every day. In an interview with New York Magazine, she explains how hard it is in Hollywood for women to get roles as they age. 

On the double standard of men not being judged by their looks:

Men are allowed to age. Men are allowed to gain weight. Men are allowed to be quirky looking.

Seriously! Jack Black anyone? Jack White? Jack Nicholson? And those are just the Jacks.

That was then

The anti-Hollywood type (not skinny and blonde, has a sense of humor), Janeane was a total icon for young women in the 90's. She also talked to NYM about dieting and losing weight, saying:

I sold out. Total sell-out, losing weight.

On getting Botox injections:

I do it twice a year. So I’m not going to be one of those people that’s like, “Oh, isn’t it awful. You see no movement.” Yes, I do do that and, you know, whatevs. I do it and, I don’t know, sometimes it’s looked awful. Sometimes it looks fine.

...sometimes when I’ve done it, it was not good. It looked like I was surprised all the time. Or in awe of something. That was bad. One of the times I did it, the eyebrows were just way up, and that was a bummer. I looked like shit. But I will continue to do it, and if there’s ever a process that somebody invents where there’s a laser-resurfacing in an office visit with no downtime, I’ll fucking do it. I will, I will do it.

On wearing Spanx, of which I'm a HUGE fan (no pun intended):

I’m committed to them, I love them, and I wear them every goddamn day. Summer, winter, fall. I’ve got them on now.

This is now

Here are my questions:

1) Do we really hate on an actress, or any woman for that matter, who chooses to get Botox to help their career, boost their self-esteem, or for any reason?

2) As a feminist, does intentionally losing weight really equal selling out?

3) Are Spanx really in the same category as Botox?

Comments [19]

rovermom's picture

I don't consider her a sell

I don't consider her a sell out, but I do understand the double standard. Men can gain weight for a part. Women? Oh no...never!

I recently saw Jessica Biel on one of the later "at night" shows. She. Lost. Muscle. She isn't sporty-thick anymore. Don't get me wrong, she's still gorgeous. I just definitely noticed.

I don't know why it's hip for women to be thin and try to be as less muscled as possible. To me seeing muscles on a woman is healthy looking. Muscles don't necessarily have to be bulky to show.

Muscles give curves to the body frame...curvy is good!Smile

skate's picture

Hey, if y'all are wearing

Hey, if y'all are wearing Spanx (just learned what those are), take 'em off!  Some of us like junk in the trunk!

skate's picture

Let's go get some fuckin

Let's go get some fuckin botox!  All poison in the face, all the time!


Haha, seriously.. what are people thinking?

karrr's picture

i regularly wear something

i regularly wear something thicker than spanx...cheaper and more heavy duty. Wink

i wonder if the number of women who own spanx is higher than the number of women who have gotten botox...  ? thoughts?

Grace Moon's picture


i'm just trying to figure out how you pronounce spanx?

is it like "spanks"???

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Robin Rigby's picture

That is exactly how it's

That is exactly how it's pronounced.

I suddenly realized that I'm kind of mortified that I know that.  I don't own them, don't wear them, I've just heard other folks say the name & my stupid brain that can't remember anything important but can't let go of trivia has filed that one away.  

Rockets's picture


JG - even tho someone told me she has one of those "cold-dead-fish" handshakes (I like a firm squeeze - but irregardless)


1) I don't hate, can't relate (just yet) with botox AND as someone who's DRAWN her eyebrows on most of her life ~ if there was a way that lasted more than 2 weeks and didn't involve tattooing... I'd try it at least once. So I can't blame a girl.

2) Selling out is doing something and then getting paid to convince others they need to do it too... so, maybe she's a little bit of a sell-out because she's an actress and she's helping to perpetuating the evil nightmare-mill of unattainable body. But she hasn't *to my knowledge - been pushing the "you can too"s on anyone.

3) Spanx are in the same category as sadomasochism Tongue

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Rusty's picture

lonely penis fingers

Rockets, I just saw the new coloring page — Happy early Valentine's Day to all the lonely penis fingers.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Rockets's picture

Ohhh Gawd

You're gonna keep calling me penis finger arn't you? (just don't let Westie hear you talking about penis fingers... although I think that would be kinda funny.) Happy VD to you too! *Hugz*

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Robin Rigby's picture

Come on!  You know if Rusty

Come on!  You know if Rusty couldn't call you penis finger her life would have no meaning.  :-)

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Conlite's picture

1) Hate the system that

1) Hate the system that expects this, not the actress trapped in it.

2) Losing weight for health is good, going anorexic for money is not so good.

3) Severe girdles worn all the time cause health issues, which would put them in the same category as botox.  Occasional use for a date or "whatev" would be fine, though.  I guess its the same as the difference between a glass of dinner wine and being an alcoholic.

karrr's picture

girdles are also good for

girdles are also good for straight back posture

Wardewriter's picture

Thank you for making me laugh!

Spanx are a the new kind of girdle--space age fabric that sucks you in and smooths you out!!  Uncomfortable, yes.  Worth it, usually.


minniesota's picture

Judge not, judge

I will not judge JG for getting Botox periodically. I will judge her for using the word, whatevs.

I had to google Spanx.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Conlite's picture

Wanda Sykes in "Ima be me"

Wanda Sykes in "Ima be me" had a lot to say about wearing spanx, but I can't find a good clip.  Recommend the whole show if you come across it.

Steph's picture

Question 4 What the hell are

Question 4

What the hell are Spanx?

Conlite's picture

This may be TMI,

Steph's picture

Got it!!

Got it!! Smile