Laney Boggs and Mrs. Landingham want you to watch what you watch

Check out this great PSA from the Girls Scouts of America and the Creative Coalition. It’s called “Watch What You Watch,” and it’s about media literacy for young people, and particularly about encouraging young women and girls to think about the portrayal of women in the media. Felicity Huffman, Rachel Leigh Cook (aka She’s All That‘s Laney Boggs), Seth Green, and others have signed on to convey the message that just because a celebrity tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you should do it. And they’re right, of course. But what if President Bartlet’s wry, adorable executive secretary is telling you to do it?

There’s more information about the Watch What You Watch campaign here.

Transcript below the jump.

Thanks to Elisabeth for the tip!

I’m a celebrity.

If I told you to do something, you’d do it, right? If you want to be cool, that is.

I can make you cool.

If you want to be popular, like me.

If you want to be hot.

If I told you to dress like me, talk like me, you’d do it, right?

If I told you water runs uphill, would you trust me?

I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.

You wouldn’t believe me just because I’m famous

Because I’m an actress.

Because I’m on TV.

Because I’m a singer.

Because I’m in movies.

Because I’m a choreographer.

Because I’m a recording artist.

Because I play a different person on television.

Don’t think for yourself!

Do you think everything they say is true?

Question everything.

No one should tell us how we should look. No one should tell you how you should look.

Pay attention to the way that women and girls are portrayed in the media.

On television, movies, magazines,ads.

The way we are portrayed.

Pay attention to what you’re watching.

I’m a celebrity, so do what I say.

Watch what you watch.

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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