WHEN Oscars host Seth MacFarlane sang a song about boobs seen in films, did you cringe? This is the Oscars, that self-congratulatory AGM to end them all. If you buy into the love-in, are your cringe-proof?
(How odd is it that the sexist film business that employs casting directors by the score managed to cast a man who says controversial fratboy things. Was it all ironical? Was it a parody on chauvinism? So goes the debate. But the fact is that the punchlines were women.)
…it came as little surprise, then, when base misogyny and racism dominated MacFarlane’s performance on Sunday. And while the musical opener “We Saw Your Boobs” has been called immature (true) and sexist (also true) — it wasn’t just a harmless roundup of spicy movie scenes. Four of the films MacFarlane crooned about featured nudity during or immediately following violent depictions of rape and sexual assault, stripped of their context and played for laughs. Scarlett Johansson found herself on the list because of a real-life violation: Her nude photos were stolen from her phone and leaked online.
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