She ruined a concert pianist's recital with her abrasive laughter. She thrust a conservative virgin into panic with persistent conversation about her diaphragm. She contributed to the death of her elderly dinner party hostess by openly decimating the merit in pony ownership. Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is no stranger to making enemies, to awkward situations turned uproarious calamity. And now, she seems to be following in the vein of her alter ego Elaine Benes — one-upping her, even — as the actress has managed to offend the entire country of Israel with a YES Network commercial.
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The ad features the Emmy-winning actress in an office setting, inadvertently insulting an overweight coworker by mistaking her for pregnant (and subsequently adding to the problem by remaking that said woman "obviously ... hasn’t dated anyone in forever"). The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Yedid Association for Community Empowerment filed a formal complaint with the sports network, calling the ad highly offensive to Israel's overweight population. Watch the ad here:
The complaint referred to Louis-Dreyfus' commercial as "evident and unjustified insult to a substantial majority of the people." The Yedid Association continues: "There are a lot of weight-challenged individuals in Israel who are treated in an irreverent and hurtful manner. There is no justification to illustrate a stigma which suggests a larger woman is either pregnant or simply too fat for anyone to consider going out with.
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The YES commercial has been hurtful to a portion of the public, despite the inherent freedom of speech in advertising media. Should there be a new request to air the spot, the authority will need to re-examine the material and deliberate then."
So, on top of breaking up with a guy just after he suffered a mountain climbing accident (and another just after a stroke), stealing her cousin's heirloom napkins, kidnapping a neighbor's yappy dog, stopping to get Jujyfruits on her wait to visit a boyfriend in the hospital, referring to a friend's baby as ugly, and going batty over the timorous usage of exclamation points, Louis-Dreyfus can now add this whole debacle to her resume. But at least she's not a re-gifter.
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Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has a lot of things working against it from the get go. It's based on a video game franchise that debuted in 1999 has been milked for sequels ever since (the current total of Silent Hill games is nine) and the movie itself is a sequel to the disappointingly dumb 2006 film directed by Christophe Gans. What's more the bitter aftertaste of Resident Evil: Retribution is still lingering in the mouths of survival horror movie/gamers and although they have entirely different plots and take place in totally different universes that's not necessarily enough to take the edge off for weary viewers.
It would take a dazzling director with a stellar cast and a first-rate script to overcome those sorts of obstacles and Silent Hill doesn't have any of those things. Writer/director Michael J. Bassett is obviously fond of both video games and horror (his previous movies include Solomon Kane and Deathwatch) the cast is decent with some exceptions and the script… well it's better than Resident Evil. If anything we can give Bassett credit for his enthusiasm. You really can't win when you try and make a video game movie no matter how many hours you spent playing Doom as a teen. Whether that's at the hands of the studios or the creative teams themselves isn't clear; it's simply a nut that hasn't been cracked yet.
The good news is that you don't really need a grasp on the video game or previous movie's narrative to follow the Revelation's plot. Harry (Sean Bean) has been lying to his daughter Heather (Adelaide Clemens) for a very long time. He's convinced her that her dreams about a terrible place called Silent Hill are the longstanding effects of a car crash that killed her mother and that they have to move around and take on new identities all the time because he killed a prowler in self-defense. Heather has other problems like the occasional hallucinations about a terrible alternate universe that's populated by monsters and industrial junk and flickering lights. One minute she'll be doing something normal and then suddenly the walls are burning down to the rafters and something with a butt for a face is shambling towards her. It's a raw deal.
Heather's first day at her new school is not that great; she meets a cute guy named Vincent (Kit Harington) who wants to be buddies but she makes it clear she's pretty bad ass and not one to pal around since she'll just be leaving town again anyway. When she comes home from school her dad has disappeared and the living room is a huge mess. If she wasn't clear on what to do next someone used his blood to write "COME TO SILENT HILL" on the wall with a funky sigil next to it which matches this weird object she's had since she was little. Luckily Vincent has a car and more than a few troubling secrets of his own underneath those glossy brown curls. He offers to drive her and off they go. Typical chitchat between them is about the nature of reality and dreams and Vincent's batty grandfather who's locked up in an insane asylum.
This is where things get really convoluted. Silent Hill is indeed a terrible place where ash falls from the sky during the day and horrible things come out to menace any townsperson dumb enough to be out at night. It's an eerie world that comes close to the truly terrifying Silent Hill games on occasion. After a while though it's mostly just Heather and occasionally Vincent running around in what seems like mazes of rusty bloody walls with the occasional gruesome monster popping out to halfheartedly menace them.
There's a dash of The Wicker Man here with the requisite creepy sacrificial cult and some Hellraiser-esque torture thrown in but it stops short of being a full-blown Clive Barker nightmare. There is some gore and disturbing images but the choice to use practical effects for almost all of the monsters is far more impressive in theory. Those monsters look okay from afar but rubbery up close whereas the only CGI monster is an impressive spidery thing made up of doll parts. The use of strobe lights and other effects is absolutely maddening especially in conjunction with the 3D which is mostly used for cheap gimmicks like splashing blood at the viewer.
There's something oddly satisfying about the way that the movie follows the trajectory of a video game; it's even laid out like a video game universe with different goals and bosses at each location. The problem is that what is believable or acceptable in a video game doesn't necessarily translate to a movie — in a game you're busy solving puzzles and killing monsters and it's easier to overlook kitchen-sink plots. Even though the movie doesn't completely hew to the game's story it's got the same mentality that more is better when it's really just more. And the more that's piled on the more ridiculous it gets. When everything is at a fever pitch that kind of weirdness becomes a baseline and nothing is shocking. Unlike in the games there's just one ending no matter how you play it.
There has been speculation for some time now that Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence — brilliant actress, skilled archer, and all around nice person — might be bananas. Lawrence, 21, has not only helped earn The Hunger Games an overwhelming fan base (everyone loves it... sort of), she has also developed quite the engrossing media personality, freaking out David Letterman and expressing her violent urges toward the exercise community. You might think that this is all for show. Maybe she's just playing up her adorable eccentricity to win the world over. But according to her Hunger Games cast members, she's just as affably weird both on and off-camera.
Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta in The Hunger Games) has previously shared a few stories about his big screen co-star. In an article in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, Hutcherson explains his first conversation with Lawrence, implying that their chat was a lot more bizarre than the usual meet-and-greets shared by co-stars. "When I got cast, she called me up for one of those five-minute 'Excited to work with you, blah, blah, blah' things," he remembers. "The conversation started with her saying, 'Think about a catheter going in — ouch!' and then turns into a 45-minute rant about zombies and the apocalypse."
But this is not nearly as indicative of Lawrence's flimsy filter as her meeting with Woody Harrelson, who plays Haymitch Abernathy in the film. "I was on my bus," Harrelson say. "On my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, 'Hi, Woody, I'm J — is that a sex swing?' Her first sentence to me."
Lawrence's oddball nature is not reserved for the Hunger Games cast — her fellow X-Men got a glimpse as well, specifically Zoë Kravitz (who played Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class, opposite Lawrence's Mystique). "I'd met her a few times, and she was like, 'You should come over and we'll hang out,'" recalls Kravitz. "So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She's like, 'Come in, sorry, you're early, I was about to shower.' And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, 'Are we here yet? Is this OK?' And I was like, 'I guess we're there!'" Kravitz's father, musician/actor Lenny Kravitz, stars in The Hunger Games as Katniss' stylist Cinna.
It does appear that Lawrence borders on the batty side, but in a world where celebrity insanity is the norm, her kind of crazy is quite welcome. Keep up the antics, Lawrence. They are sure to earn you sponsors.
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