This post came about after listening to Seth McFarlane’s “I Saw Your Boobs” Song:
For most (if not all) actresses who are considered by society to be gorgeous/hot/cute, it is hard to get by in the Hollywood industry without some man creeping on you like a leech. And it’s not only just some nobody who wants you as his lead actress but this extends just as easily to high profile directors, producers, executives, and whatnot. Let’s say a network executive promises you that you will be considered for pilots, but only if you sleep with him or show him your breasts. Do you take it? Or do you politely turn him down, keeping your integrity but realizing that this will lead to a longer road to success?
Mind you, first of all, I am a man who can only understand to a faint degree what women must go through and so what I say may be completely off the mark. I do not speak for women nor am I trying to come off as a person banging his chest just to sound good. Once again, this is only a strongly stated opinion of mine that is, obviously, highly emotional to me. I will repeating this point over and over throughout this entry.
As an actor and as a man, it is therefore clear that I do not want to judge actresses who have done this in order to get ahead. Perhaps their financial situation was dire and they needed to get ahead. Perhaps they knew the game and used their bodies to elevate themselves. I don’t know what went on and because of that, I am in no position as a man to make such haughty opinions.
A woman has every entitlement to treat her body like a temple and has every right to expect that others see the same way. That it is not to be ogled at, violated, or talked about in a perverse way. But when an actress makes the hard choice to bare their body for the sake of art and cinema, it is not something to laugh at, no matter how honest or beautiful the film may be.
Once again, I can’t speak for all women. There are those who have no issue with baring their body or using their body whatsoever. I am not here to judge those who feel that way nor do I think it’s right or wrong.
So when a song like “I Saw Your Boobs” come along, while I understand that Seth McFarlane’s entire shtick is being obscene and crass, and that there may be some sort of a commentary on this matter, the reaction from all the actresses’ faces who did bare their breasts for their career more than speaks for itself. Who the fuck is this man to make light of what they had to do for their careers? What business is it of his to make a public display of them and make a mockery of it? Though it may be true that all the actresses were in on the joke, I don’t know how one is in on the joke when they have a look of absolute shock and disgust on their face. Usually when one is in on the joke, they SMILE and LAUGH. Maybe that’s just me. Maybe there was a super subtle intelligent commentary I completely missed. But if so, it was done extremely poorly.
I like Family Guy. I like Seth MarFarlane’s humor at times. But this one fell extremely fat. TO ME. Once again, a yet another reminder that this is a highly opinionated emotional post of how I felt watching the song and seeing MacFarlane’s comments throughout the Oscars night.
It is a Herculean effort for actresses to be seen as something besides sexual objects and I firmly believe that many of the events that occurred at the Oscars tonight was a slap in the face for many who worked hard to become an actress that demands respect.