So my first response to this song was outrage, and I empathized with the actresses looking so upset on screen. I found myself wondering if their reactions were real, or if it was simply Hollywood staged as usual.
Then I stopped for a moment, and realized it didn’t really matter. It didn’t matter if it was real, it didn’t matter if they were hurt, the question is, why were they hurt/why did Hollywood portray them as victims of the humor? It was a song about boobs. There was no sexualization in it. There was no shaming in it. Why did Jennifer Lawrence get to be the victor in the song with her proud smile and fist pump because she hadn’t shown her tits? Are displaying one’s tits for a movie something that should bring about feelings of shame if mentioned in public?
Incredibly enough, as much as I dislike Seth McFarlane’s brand of humor, I think he actually opened up an interesting dialogue with that particular song. Yes, the song is inflammatory because it is speaking of ‘private’ body parts, but if the coin had been flipped and it was a song entitled ‘We saw your dick’, would the males be hanging their head in shame, or laughing at the inanity of it all? Would a particular male get to fist pump and grin if his penis hadn’t been shown on screen?
Which ties back to, oh god, how didactic I must sound, slutshaming culture. As the broken record goes, in American culture today, the female body is shameful and must be covered, and this is perpetuated by both males and females. I fully admit to my hackles being instantly raised when I felt the actresses were being attacked, but in reality the actresses were not under attack in the slightest. The song was scandalous due to speaking about private body parts, but the song was uncomfortable because females have been taught to feel ashamed in public forums if our body has ever been on display to the public, even in fictions created by Hollywood. And I found myself caught in this stupid trap while analyzing this video until someone logic’d me out of it.
I usually hate this type of humor, but now I’m wondering if I just never looked deep enough into it. How upsetting.