Recently, my mom and I had a conversation. One that would have been a taboo 17 years ago. It had a lot to do with who was getting beneath or on top of who. Things switched up quickly when I accused her of bad parenting. You know how Nigerian moms hate to hear they have failed at anything? Anyways, someone had to tell this woman how her inability to allow freedom of speech forced her offspring into making near fatal mistakes. Hating Sharon Stone makes the top of that list!
Sharon Stone till date is one of America’s biggest movie stars. People (1992) describes her as one of “50 most influential people in the world”.
Stone’s influence showered many African homes. And mine was not excluded. Being born in the age when her “Sex Symbol” status was gaining wings did not make our relationship any cordial.
Saying Sharon Stone equaled saying “Fuck” on the dining table. The punishment was grave, to say the least. Getting caught with a magazine with Stone on its cover equaled getting caught with porn. The Stone hate did not end in my home. It was as though Gowon Estate mothers had a consensus to hate on her. My young mind clicked, Sharon Stone was bad news.
Years later, as I settled over Sliver (1993), it began to dawn on me what the fuzz was about. Our mothers were jealous. Sharon Stone was (still is) sexy and wasn’t afraid to show it.
Sexiness for Stone was not her voluptuous breasts, creamy skin and daintily cropped hair. it was “being present and having fun and liking yourself enough to like the person that’s with you” (Harper’s Bazaar). Their husbands had lost their basic instincts pursuing Stone’s curves.
They were not about to let Stone bewitch their children too!
How selfish! These women stole from us the very best of Hollywood because they could not bear to convince their men that they were just as good or even better than Stone.
Where does that leave us in an age where a banging body is talent enough? If you are looking for what to call it, it is called failed parenting!
If you think they would have learned from their errors, google how despite a head full of amazing talent, Ebony Reigns was bad news till her dead body made headlines.
End of story? I have not seen Basic Instinct.