We Saw Your Sexism

A Review of the 2013 Oscars

 

It’s that time again: award season.  As much as I loved seeing everyone at the Oscars, dressed to the nines and fawning over the amazing movies released over the past year, there seemed to be an underlying theme of sexism over the course of the show.

Seth MacFarlane, known for his creation of comedy shows and films, such as Family Guy, American Dad, and Ted, was the host. MacFarlane did have his funny moments but there were plenty of sexist and, not to mention, uncomfortable situations as well.  Some were so outrageously inappropriate that I found myself wondering, Who let this man host the Oscars?

The first sexist moment in the Oscars was the song We Saw Your Boobs.  Here is a brief summary: MacFarlane calls actresses out for showing their breasts on screen.  Naomi Watts and Charlize Theron seem horrified and offended by the song and although they agreed to prerecord their reactions, it doesn’t seem to make this song less of a problem. These women were not getting naked on screen to just get naked. They were getting naked to perform their jobs. Yet MacFarlane made it very clear that the only thing that became of their art was people staring at their nude breasts. Should these talented actresses feel humiliated because they exposed their bodies?

Women reacting to MacFarlane’s song about seeing their breasts in films. [J Lawrence (left) was mentioned to have never shown her breasts in film.]
MacFarlane went on to comment on the film Django Unchained. Personally, I’m a huge fan of this film, but MacFarlane made a disgusting joke about it being “the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who has been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.” Here, he assumes that people think violence and abuse are humorous. This joke didn’t even make me laugh. I was utterly offended, along with many others.

[Django Unchained is] “the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who has been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.”

There were other sexist moments at the Oscars: a comment about George Clooney ‘getting with’ 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, MacFarlane making fun of women who diet, and Jennifer Aniston being called an exotic dancer. Throughout, sexism kept reappearing and, unfortunately, so did MacFarlane.

These things and situations make sexism acceptable in our society.  If people do not stand up and voice their opinion about MacFarlane and his offensive antics, our society will never change. Sexism will continue to exist and, even worse, be a joke that people are offended by but laugh anyway because everyone else is laughing. Ignorance is not funny and people should not be afraid to stand against what they feel is wrong. These situations are what we need to change first.

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One thought on “We Saw Your Sexism

  1. There is a serious problem in Hollywood when it comes to degrading women and joking about violence. All it does is reinforce its social acceptability. It’s completely unacceptable some of the things that men in the media get away with and it needs to be brought to light in ways like this instead of being swept under the rug in favor of sappy Hollywood love stories. Here is a great article if you haven’t seen it already about men in Hollywood that have reinforced that violence against women is acceptable.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/02/12/no-more-free-passes-to-famous-men-who-abuse-women/

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