The Oscars just recently took place, although I did not watch it, numerous amounts of my friends were telling me how Seth McFarlane, the host of the Oscars 2013 was being very sexist. Even though this is not a new thing to happen in Hollywood, I was surprised to hear such crude and cheap remarks made about women at an award show tendered to promote great films.
Seth McFarlane opens the show with a monologue called “We saw your boobs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saHG2MLDfPI). This song consisted of him singing about the various actresses who displayed their breasts in films followed by a chorus: “We saw your boobs, in that movie that we saw, we saw your boobs!” Later on he starts listing off specific movies in which the actresses were topless. Some of the actresses were present at the Oscars and their reactions to the monologues were shown. One of the actresses covers her face in a shameful manner, which to me did not seem very funny at all.
Later in the monologue, Seth made the remark “we haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs at all.” Although nudity of women is so common in films of today, there is still a double standard when it comes down to it. Near the end of the monologue Seth points out that Kate Winslet has been in numerous topless scenes. He portrays her as being scandalous by saying that she’s probably nude in whatever movie she’s filming right now.
Scarlett Johansson is also brought up in the monologue, saying “we saw her boobs not on the big screen, but on our mobile phones”. As soon as I heard this reference I couldn’t help but think about the women who are blackmailed into suicide by naked pictures being threatened to be leaked on the Internet. This is a very popular issue in India, people taking pictures on their cellphone while girls are showering or changing then blackmailing these females into having sex. This is not something that should be made fun of and should not be taken lightly.
Furthermore, as the night goes on McFarlane consistently makes remarks about women almost portraying them as objects. He has made outrageous comments and is targeting almost all the women that were at the award ceremony. As mentioned above, Hollywood is known for objectifying women but this has got to change. Humor is often used to undermine women and portray them as sexual objects. There are many other ways to enlighten a crowd but Seth McFarlane took it to another level by using very derogatory comments towards the women. Showcasing women’s bodies has always been a problem in Hollywood. From smash hits like James bond it has been clear for decades that women in Hollywood are encouraged and even pressured to lose more and more weight in order to be considered at the top of their profession. Women are usually never judged on their performances in movies but their aesthetic appeal. Paparazzi and media as a whole spend remarkable amounts of time and money talking about how the actresses are dressed and the “do’s and don’ts of the red carpet” rather than focusing on their talent, which ultimately creates the actresses image.