I am very suspicious of 90s nostalgia in general, but I am not above indulging in the sweet, sweet memories of pop-feminist musical gangs. As our current reality becomes increasingly terrifying, let's take a minute to return to the bygone world of sassy girl groups: a video of The Spice Girls berrating a misogynistic film director has recently been discovered. Watch as Posh, Scary, and Ginger eviscerate a crewmember who wants the girls to be showing more cleavage and midriff in a commercial they were shooting with Polaroid in 1997:
Yes. Just yes.
NME notes that the video is an interesting addendum to this history of the legendary band, given that Mel C (that's Sporty) has recently come forward to talk about her experiences of being bullied during her time with her other Spice Sisters: “Unfortunately, being bullied can really damage people and even when you are stronger and over it, it can still be in the background – undermining you," she said.
“Now I’m older, I’m a lot more confident and I will not be sh*t upon. But when I was younger I let people sh*t on me. What’s done is done but I’d have liked to have been a bit stronger. When we were kids we were so hard on each other and so determined to succeed that if anybody fell out of line they were quickly brought back in. That was quite a lot of pressure to live under.”
Either way, we should let the strength of these superstars inspire us today. Go forth and live your spiciest life this weekend! And make sure to tell off any man who gets in your way!
[Photo: Getty Images]