The Cast Of ABC’s “Modern Family” Attends A Promotional Screening Of The Show’s Season Finale: Discuss.

The actress is 19-year-old Ariel Winter, and suggested topics are standards, good taste, manners, modesty, decorum, respect, exhibitionism and narcissism.

Also showboating, and “when teens need a good talking-to by a responsible adult.”

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50 responses to “The Cast Of ABC’s “Modern Family” Attends A Promotional Screening Of The Show’s Season Finale: Discuss.

  1. Aleksei

    The only rational explanation can be that all her colleagues played a practical joke on her. They all agreed that they would “strut their stuff” and wear something fun and sexy, and then at the last minute they all talked with each other, except Ariel, and said, “Dress business casual”. Boy, that was good one!

    On a serious note, she probably got influenced by Kendall Jenner and Miley Cyrus too much, and just grandstanding and doing the “I need to make a name for myself, so I have to be sexy and raunchy, because that’s the only way a young lady can get ahead in the show biz nowadays”. And it’s going to work too, I bet there will be people saying that it was a brave and courageous outfit, she’s an individual, she’s empowering women, she take’s risks, she’s not going to have “society” (to be said in a snarky tone) define who she is and so on and so forth. The only criticism to her that will be considered valid will be from women. But that will be brushed away. Any criticism from a man will be interpreted as a sexist comment, and that man will be admonished for it.

    • Good analysis. I thought of the practical joke angle as well: It would be like telling someone that a party was a costume party.

      Of course, there is no formal occasion in which THAT would be tasteful attire, except maybe a stripper’s ball.

      • Yeah, what is she saying about who she is, and how she wants fans to see her? That will not get her the kind of roles to broaden her range and lengthen her career, unless Vegas is her career goal. Her coaches are failing her long term interests.

        • I linked to her bio, because she has had some rough influences. She plays the intellectual, plainish younger sister of a nascent sexy bimbo on the show. She had a dysfunctional family, and is estranged from it. She had very public breast reduction surgery after her increasingly outlandish curves made her a tabloid sensation at 15. She has become a prominent opponent of body-shaming. I understand why she’s off track, but she needs some good advice. And a better designer.

          • John Billingsley

            She told a reporter from People (in an article about her reasons for breast reduction), “It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects.”

            • Hence she dresses like that for a casual cast appearance. Boy—she’s complex.

              • Other Bill

                I always wiki these entertainment people. It’s stunning how many come from what used to be called “broken” families. The second line in the biography section is invariably, “his/her parents divorced when he/she was [three or four or five].” Do kids of divorce make good entertainers and actors and actresses? Maybe they grow up seeking attention. A mystery.

                I also invariably end up asking myself, “Why isn’t that girl wearing a blouse? Did she forget?”

                • Other Bill

                  It’s as if there’s an entire generation of girls who grew up believing and responding to the signs bands used to put up on their tour buses that read “Show us your tits.”

                  • Other Bill

                    By the way, I thought nothing of Mila’s outfit when I first saw the photo and had no idea that would be the subject of the post. Tells you how well I’ve been conditioned by the Kardashian generation and their handlers and enablers.

                  • Steve-O-in-NJ

                    Whip-em out Wednesdays?

    • “she’s not going to have ‘society’ (to be said in a snarky tone) define who she is and so on and so forth.”

      This is all soooooo confusing, because isn’t “society” (snarkily intoned) a social construct?

      This is one of the ONLY two network offerings I watch, “Last Man Standing” being the other.

      IMHO, clearly the best character on Modern Family, one I’d love to see more of, is Nathan Lane’s “Pepper” Saltzman, which he nails with highfreakin’larious aplomb!

      • Chris Bentley

        Hate to be the one to tell you this, but Last Man Standing just recently was canceled…

        • I was going to tell him, but didn’t.

          • Kind of you to account for my tender sensibilities.

            The ax didn’t fall because of lukewarm ratings, it anchored the difficult time slot of Friday evening.

            http://deadline.com/2017/05/last-man-standing-canceled-by-abc-after-6-seasons-1202089263/

            Why was it cancelled? I can’t quite put my finger on it….

            • Why was it cancelled?

              First given reason was that ABC had to pick up production costs (Fox paid until this season), and Tim Allen’s salary was too high.

              Never mind that the cast of Modern Family made fare more per episode, or that the ratings for Tim Allen were great.

              Second (deduced) reason may be confirmation bias, but is logical given TV today: ABC killed a show with proto conservative content and made up an excuse as to why they did

              • Vox listed 5 reasons: 1) the show is old, and old shows keep getting more expensive 2) the demographics were not in the core target audience for advertisers 3) the show wasn’t an ABC production (which also means it could be picked up by another network), 4) The ABC line-up needed some openings because it is bringing back American Idol (from Fox), requiring two hours a week, and 5) the conservative issue probably didn’t help any.

                But remember, saying that ABC canned the show for the ideological reasons is like saying Trump canned Comey because of the Russian investigation.

                • Chris

                  But remember, saying that ABC canned the show for the ideological reasons is like saying Trump canned Comey because of the Russian investigation

                  Is the ABC exec who made the decision to cancel the show on record as saying “When I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said ‘You know, this show with its conservative bent is just terrible.'”

                  Because if so, then yes, I agree that those two beliefs are similarly valid.

                  • So if he says it out loud, that proves it was the only reason? Interesting theory.

                    • (Especially given that he said MANY reasons out loud. But as per Chris-logic, only the reasons that can be spun in a favorable light to Chris’ conclusion are the one’s Trump was miraculously lucid in saying, all other reasons Trump said are pure stupid-Trump gibberish and not to be trusted…as per Chris-logic)

                    • A national reporter was even bold enough to point this out yesterday, but that doesn’t fit the narrative…http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2017/05/14/narrative-busted-abcs-karl-admits-comey-wasnt-fired-russia

                    • Chris

                      I didn’t say it was the only reason. You previously said the firing had “nothing to do with the Russia investigation,” which totally contradicts Trump’s statement; you have still not admitted you were wrong on this point.

                      And of course, we can and have used reason and logic to determine that it was the main reason for the firing.

                    • Chris

                      (Especially given that he said MANY reasons out loud. But as per Chris-logic, only the reasons that can be spun in a favorable light to Chris’ conclusion are the one’s Trump was miraculously lucid in saying, all other reasons Trump said are pure stupid-Trump gibberish and not to be trusted…as per Chris-logic)

                      No, the reason that makes sense should be trusted, and the reasons that don’t make sense can be discounted as bullshit. This is just called “logic,” not “Chris logic.”

        • I’d heard that, a cryin’ shame! That show had “legs.”

          My lovely and long-suffering wife is a career Lefty AND a “Last Man Standing” fan, this news has left her royally pissed.

  2. Aleksei

    If it was a joke, I would like to see her revenge prank.

    I think our celebrities like to “push the envelope” and be edgy. For some reason women are more likely to commit the fashion crimes. I agree that in polite company, let’s say a dinner party in D.C., you wouldn’t catch anyone dead in an outfit like that. They would be interpreted as somebody’s mistress that somehow stumbled in. But among the younger folk, it would be seen as the norm. Either the culture of young people is severely lacking, or it’s just an age thing and you grow out of it. Although, I think for some it can be terminal. (Caution, scandalous PG-13 fashion crime)

  3. Deery

    So she’s got boobs *gasp*. Considering the eyeful of boobs they serve every week from her other costars (not pictured), she fits in well with the rest of the cast

    She’s beautiful, young, and an adult. She’s still figuring out her own tastes and personal boundaries. All the essential things are covered. Let her be, lest we go full-on Taliban.

    • Who’s stopping her? Someone who’s caring should just tell her that visually screaming “LOOK! LOOK AT ME!!! HEY! ME!!!” is neither thoughtful, respectful of associates and colleagues, mature, professional or attractive.

      • Deery

        She’s an actress. Her whole job, and future job prospects, rely on, “LOOK! LOOK AT ME!!! HEY! ME!!!” Though if anything, she’s actually overdressed for the occasion, which I hardly think of as immature or disrespectful. Winters normally plays the mud hen to her other two costars. Perhaps this is her way of reminding casting directors that she actually is quite good looking with a nice body. It worked for Jennifer Lawrence back in her day, so Ms. Winter may just be copying the formula.

        • Sorry, Derry, underboob is never fashionable or acceptable. Side boob is slightly less so.

          Showing off areas that require waxing (as she almost does) is tacky. All IMHO, and in the opinion of every female relative and friend I have ever had. Such is South Texas. Your mileage may vary.

    • Isaac

      Yup, it’s either this or Taliban. Well reasoned, Deery.

    • Chris Bentley

      All essential things are covered in a bikini; does that make it appropriate attire, for such an event? Same for “Phil”; if he chose to wear a speedo, or Daisy Dukes and a tank top? Seriously, you dont see this outfit as at all out of whack with the event, and what the rest of the cast is wearing?

      Having said that, good point about the eyeful served up by “Gloria” weekly; had she been in attendance, Ariel actually might have fit in with her chosen outfit.

    • Full-on Taliban?

      So the modest dress worn by the 2 other women cast members is Taliban-esque?

      There should be a non-sequitur hyperbole of the day…

      Or is that essentially what a slippery slope is?

  4. Emily

    For the occasion, it’s ridiculous. It’s also ugly (that hemline, on that dress… ugh.)

    But in terms of general shock value, it’s no Lil’ Kim-at-the-1999-VMAs. Actually, it looks a lot like a shorter version of the dress Heidi Klum wore to the 2013 Oscars. Of course, Heidi knows how to pick an appropriate hemline and occasion.

  5. Mrs. Q

    I think Jack & the other gentleman here don’t have a clue about what it’s like to be a 19 year old girl/woman (and yes I mean a woman not some dude in a dress) and trying to find your way in a society tells you to be sexy but not too sexy. At that age your learning where to draw the lines in personal expression. This means an occasional or even frequent showcase of poor fashion choices. At 16 I wore skintight miniskirts in -5 degree weather. Luckily I had some strong ladies in my life that taught me the art of being a lady…something many consider laughable now…as if being a lady is archaic & dumb.
    Anyway I hope she can find a gracious & graceful woman in her life to help her realize, as I and many women have had to do to, that she need not dress that way to be sexy & intriguing.

    • Is “being a 19 year old woman” really a rationalization you want to stand on? Can a 19 year old woman of normal intelligence not see that photo and have a bell go off?

      • Mrs. Q

        Sorry to respond so late. Yes I do think being 19 is an excuse because 19 year old girls especially at that age are figuring out their ethics & standards. This involves making some (awful) mistakes including poor costume choices. It’s something most women at that age deal with, they’re just usually not up for mass public scrutiny & condemnation.
        Maybe at 19 Jack you knew what to wear, how to think, who you were, and all that stuff, but the rest of us were learning then (and still are).

        And yes Tex, you’re right, Jack’s closing statement was on point.

    • Confidence and intelligence look good on anyone.

      • So does a nice rack…but you should not show that in such detail. 😝

        At least not in public. My opinion, and worth what you paid for I!

        • “So does a nice rack”

          Ah yes, the unavoidable 800 pound anatomical specificity in the room: to look or not to look, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler…well, you get the picture.

          It seems “Looking” is acceptable to the “Looked at” under very strictly enforced personal ”screening,” it’s O.K. for “certain lookers” to indulge, the rest of us are over-sexed, objectifying pervs.

          Ergo, the great unwashed are reduced to taking the Seinfeldian approach:

          ”Looking at cleavage is like looking at the sun. You don’t stare at it. It’s too risky. Ya get a sense of it and then you look away.”

    • “Anyway I hope she can find a gracious & graceful woman in her life to help her realize, as I and many women have had to do to, that she need not dress that way to be sexy & intriguing.”

      How is that not exactly what Jack insinuated in the last sentence when he said:

      “The actress is 19-year-old Ariel Winter, and suggested topics are”…“when teens need a good talking-to by a responsible adult.””

  6. Spartan

    She grew up in show business and has had issues for years — in addition to the breast reduction, there were charges that she was the victim of statutory rape. And I think her parents are messed up. The outfit is awful, but that is the least of her problems. I wonder if she got a stern talking to from someone at Disney — who owns both Modern Family and Sofia the First. No one wants to see Princess Sofia dressed like that.

    All your suggested topics are off in my opinion — they would be more applicable to a seemingly normal person showing up for an event like that. The appropriate discussion topic should be, “Why you shouldn’t let your child go into professional acting.”

  7. Change.org has an online petition which you may sign as I did.

    https://www.change.org/p/abc-network-save-tim-allen-s-show-last-man-standing

    Be ready to unsubscribe following the two quick “Thank You” replies

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