Oscar note? Not really, I don’t care. The politics of Oscars? Nope. Dave Weigel said something that started a Balloon Juice thread? That’s it.
…Seth McFarlane’s “I Saw Your Boobs” song was a classic example of cloaked offensiveness—pretending that you are parodying sleaze when you’re just being sleazy.
Weigel’s overwrought. I find McFarlane lame, and I’m sure he was a far bigger prick at some other point in the night. But here’s the song:
“We saw your boobs
We saw your boobs
In the movie that we saw,
We saw your boobs”
Ta-daa, I typed it out. It’s not “I saw your boobs,” and it says nothing about sleaze, and it is not sleazy. It’s stump stupid. It made me laugh. But in case anyone hasn’t read enough into a ditty that was written by Butthead the show host, here’s the take home:
But on reflection, it was even bro-ier than I realized. In many of the movies in the song—Monster’s Ball, Monster, Boys Don’t Cry—the nudity appeared in the context of women being raped or murdered. Wakka wakka!
The context in real life? We did not catch a glimpse of Cheryl Araujo in some nightmarish video clip of a sexual assault. That would be an awful thing to make fun of. What we saw was an actress in a Hollywood production. The only reality was the movie-making.
Dave makes the same mistake most Americans make in equating the person with the characterization. These women actors are smart, they are professional, they are not confused and they didn’t get raped in front of the camera. They’re the ones who decided to take the risk, if one exists any more, to go topless for the purposes of the film. And there are always multiple purposes for a film.
And they earned the rewards. They are obsessed over and academy awarded and rich and powerful. On high holy Hollywood night, no one needs a bit of fun poked at it more thoroughly than the self-worshiping film making community does, even the female members. (aside: you want to be angry about something? come live in Hollywood for a couple years and watch teens literally prostitute themselves in a twisted quest for fame. they love this Oscar bullshit.) I mention all this as a former multi-year member of the former Screen Extras Guild. The celebrity ‘shocked’ reactions were pre-taped for the song anyway, so it was a big larf. Thread comment:
Wait, rape jokes aren’t funny? Why the fuck doesn’t someone tell us this stuff?
Okay you got McFarlane, he was riffing on rape. You’re clearly too hip for this town.
UPDATE: Tuesday night, now I’m caught up on the rest of the McFarlane bits. What a crass and pathetic performance, with nothing to redeem it. Smart of me to defend a stupid introduction when he later delivered so thoroughly on the rest of his schtick.