Happy An­niver­sary, SFX!

SFX - - Welcome - Lori Petty

Twenty years!

I never dreamed when I ap­peared on the cover of SFX’s first is­sue that girls who weren’t even born yet would cos­play as Tank Girl at con­ven­tions. I au­to­graph their arms and they tat­too it on there and they come back the next day to show me later. They still love that movie.

I al­ways thought there was more to heaven and earth than we can wrap our brains around, but I was never a comic book geek. But I paint and I draw, so I ap­pre­ci­ate the art. And af­ter look­ing at the Tank Girl comic book by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, I just knew the movie was go­ing to be a blast. That it would be per­fect and sexy and f unny and badass. That it would have all the things that guys got to do, that women didn’t get to do in movies.

The movie didn’t make that much money, be­cause MGM didn’t keep it out long enough. The stupid rat­ings board rated it R, and there’s not one thing that’s R in the movie. Se­ri­ously. There’s no nu­dity. It’s not scary. It’s goofy. So I re­ally be­lieve it was given an R be­cause it was a fe­male pro­tag­o­nist who was talk­ing shit.

Now I’m on Or­ange Is The New Black, with plenty of fe­male pro­tag­o­nists, where women are talk­ing to each other and

not talk­ing about their love life. They’re just peo­ple talk­ing about their life. Which is what women are – they’re hu­man be­ings, not just the per­son in a movie to prove that the lead guy is straight.

I’m su­per proud that I was your first cover girl, SFX. And I hope I can de­serve that cov­eted space one more time be­fore it’s all over with. Twenty years! Good job. I’m re­ally proud of you! Come on. What lasts twenty years?!

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