Someone Needs To Get Kevin Jonas A Copy of Lean In Now
5:15 pm, May 6th | by Meredith Lepore
Last night’s episode of Married to Jonas felt like I was in a time warp. I went out of my way to watch the show because I had seen commercials for the episode. Married with Jonas, believe it or not, is not one of my top shows. I find the Jonas Brothers to be perfectly acceptable people who are just entering those really fun years where they realize they will never be as successful as they were when they were 15 which is extremely entertaining. Heck, Lindsay Lohan has kept us entertained for years with this phase. But Dani Jonas, wife of Kevin, who has the potential to be part Jessica Simpson/part Real Housewife of New Jersey is just so dull. Her sister and parents have to do all the work.
So when I found that Dani wasn’t going to play into her Jessica Simpson-I-am-really-glamorous-but-I’m-going-to-play-house-schtick, I grew very bored. Plus, I seriously can’t even name one Jonas Brothers song (Hanson has them beat in that category. One will never forget Mmm-Bop.) The couple has had a few minor fights, mostly because her family actually lives in their giant New Jersey house like an unoriginal 1980s sitcom, but that is really about it. Where is all the Jessica Simpson dramatics and stomping around in platform heels? All Dani does is quietly mope. Who wants to see that? I’d almost rather Ryan Lochthe walk around saying jee-yah for an hour (which is what that show entirely consists of.)
But finally we had a little conflict. See Cosmopolitan Magazine approached Dani about appearing in their lifestyle cooking column (actually the editors quickly point out that it was Dani’s PR person that pitched her.) Now, many celeb wives would have probably thought, ‘Oh I just got this because I am so awesome.’ But Dani is smart enough to know that she got it because she is married to a former teen idol and has a show on E!. I do appreciate her being humble about this and even worried that it would make her come off as obnoxious. But in the words of (stage) Mama Jonas, Dani should take every opportunity she can get. Getting to appear in Cosmo Magazine because your husband had a show on Disney is what marriage is. Everyone knows that.
So after trying on some hats that are supposed to make her feel more confident (because nothing makes you feel more confident than wearing roses and birds on your head) she goes to meet with the Cosmo editors along with her sister in a clearly staged meeting (kudos to Dina for the mints and coffee model diet joke. Not revolutionary, but at least she is trying.) And what do you know, Cosmo gives the person with her own TV show a column? Shocking!
Now before we get to the sexism I do need to clarify that the commercial made it sound like Cosmo was given Danielle a monthly column like they do with Alexa von Tobel, founder of Learnvest and someone who actually has expertise at something. In reality, they will be going to her house and photographing her cooking and eating and she may write a few lines of copy. According to the marketing team at E! and Dani, she has just been given a Maureen Dowd-like writing opportunity. I don’t think in reality the editors of Cosmo expected her to miss out on a trip to South America. Dani also doesn’t seem to be aware of the concept of email or a phone. But whatever. Good for her. Lean in Dani.
Except one problem. Though he dresses like a 12 year old Kevin Jonas is actually a 50 year old man living in the 1950s. He’s all like you have to come to ‘South America and watch me dance around my more talented brothers!’ and she’s like ‘Cosmo wants me to write a column (aka pose for a picture in her house on one day, possibly just one afternoon).’ And he is like ‘You must support me always!’ and she is like ‘Someone finally noticed me and you are depriving me of this job (aka one time photoshoot.)’
Now it would have been great if it was an actual job for Dani but on the other hand this was something that is important to her and Kevin simply was not supportive. And then he got really insane and started saying that was supposed to be their baby year. And before you have a baby you should travel around and see stuff (like great concert halls), not trying to establish your career. Someone get this man a copy of Lean In right now! Kevin doesn’t look very sexist with his super skinny jeans and striped shirts but this was a pretty tough scene to watch.