Olivia Munn has been in the center of feminist discussion recently. After her debut as a “The Daily Show” correspondent a few weeks back, Jezebel wrote about “The Daily Show’s” supposed “woman problem,” with predictable jabs directed at Munn’s sex appeal. Earlier this week, Salon featured an essay that discussed an excerpt from Munn’s book in which she reveals that the crew for her non-nude Playboy shoot cajoled and pushed her to work outside the contract and go nude (she didn’t). In every case, Munn’s good-natured willingness to embrace her sex appeal makes her less credible — as a comedian, as an actress, as a woman — in the eyes of her detractors.
Anyway, that’s a long introduction for Munn’s second “Daily Show” segment (video below), in which she serves as the “Senior Espionage Correspondent” for the show’s examination of the Russian spy ring that was brought down this week. All in all, I’d say it’s pretty good: while she still hasn’t perfected her banter with Jon Stewart, I still got a couple laughs out of it, and I could see her getting better as she grows more comfortable with the scripted format. And yeah: I like the way she looks in a tight blouse. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I mean, it works for Fox News, right?