Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Emmy Awards: Sexism isn't Gone Girl


Did you watch the Emmy's? Well that's three hours of your life, gone. There were a few laughs - Lena Dunham's ridiculous outfit - and a few tears - this year's In Memoriam including Billy Crystal's extremely moving tribute to Robin Williams and a bit of controversy swirling around the blatantly sexist use of Sofia Vergara spinning on a pedestal as the television academy president droned on about something. The idea being that they always give the viewer 'something compelling to watch.' Sigh.

The way I see it, putting the cartoonish Modern Family actress with the Jessica Rabbit body on display for us to stare at instead of the boring non-star (clearly, if you're not an actor we can't be expected to watch little, old, boring you) was at least an out in the open, tongue-in-cheek display of the type of sexual exploitation that's a day-in, day-out part of television, film and our modern culture, in which many of today's young women seem to be complicit  Did you see the VMA awards? I didn't but I did see snaps of the female artists dressed in practically nothing pushing their booties in the air. That's their right, but we do have something to offer in addition to tits and ass, don't we? Nothing new about it, sex sells. 

Was it hilarious? Not really. Would the bit have worked if instead of Vergara, there was a gorgeous male actor twirling around and around, flexing his muscles, coyly drawing attention to his genitals?  My answer is a resounding yes! Can we turn this around with a bit of reverse sexism? Which male star would you put up on the pedestal? 

Anyway, speaking of three hours of your life being gone, did you catch the latest Gone Girl TV spot? That's what I really wanted to share with you and here it is, with a fresh take on the beginnings of their romance. 

Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's thriller, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Scoot McNairy opens October 3. 



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