First of all, “What the what?!” Watching this by myself on hulu the morning after, I didn’t know whether to giggle childishly at the mention of boobs or be highly offended. In a confused, disturbed state, I ended up simply sitting with a look of disgust on my face like when you see someone picking their nose.
Not only did I find Macfarlane’s song offensive, I also found the audiences ‘reaction’ disturbing; the looks of embarrassment, annoyance, or (in the case of Jennifer Lawrence) triumph, were a lovely touch. As if the content wasn’t bad enough, the t.v. viewers had to witness ‘mock’ horror of the women being called out in a nationally viewed program about their ‘boobs’.
Scarlett Johansson, who wasn’t even in the audience, was most horrifically called out when Macfarlane let the audience know that we all saw her boobs on our phones. This is going beyond normal joking, to poke fun of someone who a) can’t defend herself in that moment, and b) insinuate that she’s cheap (you don’t even need to buy a movie ticket to see her goods!) in front of a national audience. Scarlett Johansson, as far as I know, did not comment on the sketch. Silence speaks louder than words, doesn’t it?
This isn’t about pointing out that women have shown there boobs on the big screen, though. This is about objectifying and sexualizing The Hollywood Woman. This is about focusing on women as play things, as dolls, during a night when a bunch of old white guys were receiving awards for their masterful directing, producing, and masculine, authoritative acting. This is about the obvious sexism that the Hollywood Machine is built upon.
Which leads me to my next thought: what was with the Gay Men’s Choir of L.A. energetically singing ‘We saw your boobs’? I had no idea what to make of that. Maybe they were the best choir that auditioned, maybe it was meant as a show of support for the LGBTQ community, but it struck me as an attempt to lesson the shock of sexism of the definitely sexist ditty. Can you imagine if a bunch of straight men had been up there chanting about boobs? Would it have changed/worsened the audience reaction? WHAT WAS THAT? I, personally, don’t think it was arbitrary, but if y’all have an opinion upon this, let me know!
Yes, Seth Macfarlane presented a sexist, disturbing show tune about women’s boobs, but he wasn’t racist! He pointed out women’s boobs from all races, thoroughly sexualizing and objectifying women from all over the globe! He was nothing but including. That was a joke, by the way.