Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey try to put a feminist spin on the upcoming Charlie’s Angel’s reboot in their video for the soundtrack song “Don’t Call Me Angel.”
But as a cultural touchstone, it can’t escape the jiggle factor.
The original television production of “Charlie’s Angels” in 1976 coined the term “Jiggle TV” for obvious reasons. It’s hard to see how it can ever overcome that, even in its current incarnation.
The show portrayed three women working tough jobs in a private detective agency, which was groundbreaking back then.
Women were just entering the workforce in droves in the ’70s, and liberation from the “Leave It to Beaver” stay-at-home-mom stereotype was very much in vogue.
But it was hard to reconcile this feminist coming of age with three over-sexed, drop-dead gorgeous characters, no matter how derring-do they were.
Aaron Spelling, the show’s producer, made a fortune following the same formula for such fluff as “The Mod Squad,” “The Rookies,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
The television show eventually ran its course after 110 episodes. But it developed a cult, pop culture following through re-runs that led to three feature film adaptations. The latest 2019 version stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.
The stunts are more fantastic and the characters are harder edged. A woman, Elizabeth Banks, directs and even plays Bosley, a traditional male role.
But the film and the video can’t escape the obvious… they still jiggle.
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