Sure the celebrity world often mixes famous athletes and famous actors, but this feature on AfterEllen.com–in honor/response (??) to the Superbowl–is a little puzzling.
Play Like a Girl: The Top 20 Female Athletes on Screen features actresses who play athletes. Here is the rationale:
While the Super Bowl is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world (I said “one of,” don’t get mad at me fans of that other football), plenty of female athlete characters have had us glues [sic] to the screen – both large and small.
So to balance out, I guess, those men in tight pants playing actual sports, AfterEllen opted to remind us of how women can act out athletics. It’s somewhat tragic actually. You don’t want to highlight actual female athletes who we should be paying attention to? Perhaps try to correct the huge disparities of coverage between men’s and women’s sports. And for the record, I am not saying that these female actors are not athletic or even athletes in their own right or that their roles were/are not physically demanding. But they are actors first–not athletes.
Also, Dana Fairbanks from The L-Word gets the number one spot? That’s just wrong. Erin Daniels was not very good at playing a professional tennis player and the show did a poor job at portraying the realities of a professional tennis player’s life (which I know wasn’t its goal but if you make a closeted lesbian athlete character…well…follow through). I cringed every time there was a tennis scene.