Mean Girls is Still Grool and We’re Talking About It With Katy Donahue

FetchKaty Donahue is flawless. I hear her hair’s insured for $10,000. I hear she does car commercials… in Japan. One time she met John Stamos on a plane, he told her she was pretty, and if she punched me in the face, it would probably be awesome.

Wondering why? It’s because Katy Donahue, a fellow Hoya in the College, has been published on Slate.com discussing everyone’s favorite movie: Mean Girls. Katy’s a senior majoring in Economics with a Spanish minor and she loves to quote the 2004 film just as much as you do. Katy’s answer to the lifelong question “Why is Mean Girls So Quotable?” on her Quora account caught Slate’s attention, so we made sure to talk to her because we want to know: What is up? What’s the 411? What has everybody been up to? What’s the hot gossip? Because we’re cool moms.

Can you describe to our readers who don’t know what Quora and Slate.com are and how you got involved with them?

Quora is like a classier Yahoo! Answers. Members post under their own names and answer questions, usually with some expertise or experience about the subject. Questions include anything from “What do you think the economic and social implications are of fracking in the UK?” to “What is it like growing up in North Dakota?” and answers are ranked by a vote down/vote up system. Slate is a popular news website that has a partnership with Quora to publish selected answers under a specific Quora blog.

Why did you want to respond to the question “Why is Mean Girls so quotable?”

I responded to the question because in general, I often get a lot of information from Quora yet feel like I can’t contribute as much as someone with more life experience. When I see a question that I feel I can contribute to, I love to answer it! As a member of the generation of girls (and boys) that have grown up with Mean Girls, I felt like I could understand and explain why it has become so embedded in our generation as a “cult” movie.

One of the reasons you mentioned was that the issues portrayed in Mean Girls are relatable for many girls our age. How did you relate to the movie personally? 

Mean Girls came out when I was in middle school, and I absolutely remember relating to the girl-friendship dynamics that the movie portrays. It may have become a cycle of life imitating art, unfortunately, because I do remember a few “burn books” being circulated after the movie.

It’s amazing that Mean Girls quotes are still used often. Should we be quoting Mean Girls if it illustrates a negative view of girls in high school? Or do you think the movie encourages a healthier, more compassionate lifestyle for high schoolers by showing the lunacy of bullying that goes on? Does it matter either way? 

Overall, I don’t think it matters much either way, since I doubt a few offhand quotes would change people’s perceptions much. However, I think its enduring place in our collective lexicon of movie phrases may encourage people who may not have otherwise wanted to see it – especially men – to watch the movie. Although the draw of Mean Girls is its hilarious dialogue, it does help expose culturally relevant issues. It uses comedy to expose a major problem between females: the subtle idea that we are all constantly in competition (for jobs, husbands, etc.). It’s not exactly one of the hallmark quotes of the movie, but this quote by Ms. Norbury illustrates the point: “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it OK for guys to call you sluts and whores.”

What is your favorite Mean Girls quote and why? 

“The limit does not exist.” Great scene in the movie, applicable in many situations and it made me less reluctant to learn calculus.

Do you wear pink on Wednesdays? 

Always.

Finally, is butter a carb?

Yes, but Kalteen bars aren’t.

Whatever, Katy, we’re getting cheese fries.

Photo: blog.theiconic.com.au

Inspirational Quotes by Nelson Mandela

Nelson MandelaLast night, in his home surrounded by family and friends, Nelson Mandela, the renowned South African president and human rights leader, passed away at 95. To remember his life and legacy, 4E has compiled a list of some of Mandela’s most uplifting quotes.

nelsonmandela“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uninformed.”

Nelson Mandela on Day After Release“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

ss-120601-mandela-tease.photoblog600“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

Nelson-Mandela’s-Top-Five-Contributions-to-Humanity“It always seems impossible until its done.”

Photos: GuardianLV, ConsortiumNews, NelsonMandelaOnline, Biography.com, WorldNews.NBCNews, SouthAfrica.net

Raising Awareness with Kony 2012

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter recently, you’ve probably heard of Kony 2012, the video that garnered over 70 million views in five days. It was produced by Invisible Children, a non-profit that uses “film, creativity and social action to … restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.” 4E reached out to KC Harris (SFS ’14), who has worked with Invisible Children for four years and serves as the co-president of Georgetown’s chapter, to comment on the video and public reaction.

With Kony 2012 has come much criticism of the film and Invisible Children. Some of the loudest cries claim that the organization is mismanaging its funds by not spending enough on its programs in Central Africa. However, as the mission statement says, Invisible Children values awareness and advocacy as well as on the ground development programs. They’ve chosen a unique path for a non-profit, believing that having more people who know and care about the cause will create a greater impact that just having more money. The compelling, storytelling nature of the short 27-minute film represents the style of Invisible Children films that are designed to inspire people to want to learn more and get involved with the cause. The true success of the film is not determined by whether or not it raises more money for Invisible Children or whether or not the group can rightfully refute the criticism, but rather the fact that so many people are talking about this global issue. For me, when I scroll down my Facebook page and see so many people talking about Kony, it does not matter to me what they are saying, but rather that they know his name. That is the purpose of Kony 2012.

Photo: Courtesy KC Harris