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The Boob Show

There's been a lot of talk about the Oscars the other day. I didn't watch it, but it was hard to escape the conversation after, in which Seth MacFarlane was roundly criticised for being sexist. He opened with a song about seeing boobs, so, y'know, it's not a hard line to draw.

The problem that I am unable to escape is how people were even surprised. This is Hollywood. In same show that MacFarlane sung about boobs, Adelle and Shirley Bassey performed two songs that were themes in one of the most misogynistic franchises ever.

For fifty years James Bond has strolled across the screen treating women like shit, fucking them, leaving them, using them and, in a show where the host was roundly condemned, the songs of these films were celebrated. It's not even as if we are looking back at these films as bygone pictures of an old era (such as when Alec Guiness putting on face paint in Lawrence of Arabia). Skyfall, the most recent Bond film, is considered by many to be one of the best Bond films in years, a revitalisation of the franchise by returning to its misogynistic roots by turning, of all people, Judy Dench into nothing more than a Bond woman who can't shoot straight and must be saved by Bond, only to die in his arms and be replaced a man.

It is not, in these conversations, that I disagree that MacFarlane's song about boobs or his general jokes about women were in poor taste, because they were. Rather, I fail to see how people did not expect this. This is Hollywood. I could repeat that line a hundred times. This is Hollwyood and MacFarlane was hired to bring in the young, teenage audience who keep Hollywood afloat through bad teen comedy films where, yeah, bad sex jokes (mostly at the expense of women) is part of the deal. And don't even get me started about bad action films where famous men saved unknown women who may or may not show some skin, and those ridiculous teen horror films where you, barely known starlets are constantly in danger--or, well, their clothing is, anyhow.


If you're a woman, it is exactly what the Oscar ceremony showed you.


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Feb. 27th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
As you nobly didn't watch the Oscars, you may have missed the context the boobs song was in - (I am not making this up) Captain Kirk (played by Shatner looking like one of those white dried up dog turds you don't see anymore) tells MacFarlane that he's travelled back in time to tell him that he's the worst Oscar host ever. To prove it, Kirk shows the "opening number" - the boobs song.

This allows MacFarlane (and the producers who seem to be evading most of the deserved criticism) the out of saying - "but I'm just parodying what people expected me to do - I didn't actually do it!"

But he did, and it was dreadful and, lo, it was defended as satire.

The Oscars are Hollywood's way of reifying its values to the rest of the world.

I thought the whole thing reeked of such desperation that Hollywood must be running scared. And rightfully so.
Feb. 27th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
yeah, i saw the context.

what can you say? hollywood has long stopped being something you can really take seriously. good films still come out of it, but its propped up by all that shit.
Feb. 27th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
I can't believe I totally missed the oscars this year. There was a boob song, Bond medley AND the Shat!!! Talk about a trifecta and I missed the entire fucking thing.
Feb. 27th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
you know, it was one of the few years where i'd seen a few of the films. i thought BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was great, if tragic.
Feb. 27th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
I haven't even seen Argo
Feb. 27th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
we've got it around here, but haven't watched it yet. DJANGO UNCHAINED was also pretty good, i thought.
Feb. 27th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
We're being trolled really—the Oscars becomes a much bigger event if it manages to enrage a significant chunk of the population.
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