No matter how hectic things got in the whirlwind career of pop powerhouse The Spice Girls, the Brit-quintet always stood firmly behind their motto, “Girl power!”
Within the past couple of days, as noted by Metro, a behind-the-scenes, 1997 interaction between the “Spice Up Your Life” collective and a mostly-male staff team shooting the Girls for an ad with camera conglomerate Polaroid has resurfaced online to the delight of their still-dedicated fan base and proud feminists alike.
In the original commercial, which was shot to push a special edition Polaroid device called the “Spicecam,” The Spice Girls portray naughty schoolgirls who are busted for seemingly taking provocative snaps inside of the hallowed halls of a Catholic school building (the images themselves are never shown, but the expressions of the actors who play the institution’s leaders say more than enough).
“What [are] we gonna do now,” a bewildered Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Scary Spice, says to the other four performers after they are thrown out of the school, perhaps permanently.
While the ad that made it to air was innocuous and innocent, two male staff members of the Polaroid team apparently wanted The Spice Girls to make things sexier by showing off more skin. In the visual that was taken on-set before the directors called “action,” Brown approaches the men, who are sitting in a corridor, and confronts them on their somewhat lewd request.
The Spice Girls dragging the makers of the Polaroid ad they were appearing in for trying to make them show their cleavage and midriff. pic.twitter.com/UBAvqIJ5Gq— I DON'T KNOW HER (@I_Dont_Know_Her) November 14, 2016
“Who was it,” she inquires to the duo. “Why did you ask that — to have a cleavage shot and a midriff shot?”
One of the bespectacled men responds in a matter-of-fact manner, “Because it’s every man’s fantasy.”
Not having any of his misogyny, Brown turns right back around and fires back, “Well, you can f*** right off.”
After a beat, the Polaroid staff member says with a shrug, “That’s show biz.”
The camera then cuts to Brown returning to the area a few moments later with another of The Spice Girls in tow, Geri Horner (then Halliwell), or Ginger Spice, who relays to the alleged responsible party as a “chauvinist pig” who uses a “cop-out” response for the unnecessary request.
As she tears into him, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham (then Addams) walks up from behind and breaks his ego down further by removing his sunglasses, thereby forcing him to make direct eye contact with both Geri and Melanie. She then threatens to sell them for “five quid” before returning them to him.
Horner and Brown, meanwhile, continue to do their best to get through to the befuddled pair, when Victoria overhears a cameraman telling the twosome to “spank” the Girls for not backing down.
“Oh, shut up,” Geri says to him with a wave, which sends Victoria into a fit of giggles as she walks off.
Although they are by no means angry over the initial suggestion, Horner explains how honoring the inquiry would go completely against The Spice Girls’ modus operandi.
“You should know better by now,” Geri tells the men. “You’re in the advertising [industry]. What sort of example is that?”
Once again, the offending individual tries to offer up that it’s what men most want to see.
“We’re just trying to make the uniforms more [like the] Spice Girls,” he says.
“You are doing my head in,” Brown shoots back, conveying her frustration.
“That’s such crap,” Geri adds, obviously having enough of their sexist ways. “And [by the way], we are walking [off set] at seven o’clock!”
Watching Spice Girls thinking about how much I used to love them growing up...I still love them now!Cant help but sing along!Girl power! ✌????️ pic.twitter.com/zj4SBGjPg9— lindy lou (@lindylou1305) October 14, 2016
Filming eventually wraps and The Spice Girls ultimately make peace with the Polaroid workers, but they can’t help but take one final dig as the employee who surely learned a heavy lesson that day.
“He’s the one who said, ‘can you show a bit of cleavage and midriff?,’ and we said –“
“Girl power,” a sly and previously unseen Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm interrupts, walking by the camera lens with a peace sign.
” — no,” Brown exuberantly continues. “Girl power!”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, three of The Spice Girls; namely, Brown, Horner, and “Baby Spice” Emma Bunton, are said to be planning a semi-reunion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the group’s formation. Other than the name of the project, Spice Girls GEM (which stands for Geri, Emma, and Melanie), no additional information has surfaced.
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