We Saw Your Boobs: Brought to you by Seth Macfarlane and the Gay Men’s Choir of L.A.

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.

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One thought on “We Saw Your Boobs: Brought to you by Seth Macfarlane and the Gay Men’s Choir of L.A.

  1. I personally reacted to this song in an entirely different way. I agree that Seth Macfarlane was definitely trying to be juvenile with this song, as that’s his sense of humor. After all, he did name it, “We Saw Your Boobs.” And I also agree that he wanted the audience to react with shock. But I think it’s possible that rather than simply, childishly, celebrating the opportunity to see boobs, Seth Macfarlane was pointing out how often women’s breasts are shown in movies. And that not just any women, but famous women already respected for their acting talents must show their breasts, because that is what is expected of them. He calls out Jodie Foster, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, and Kate Winslet, among many others. The whole song is nothing more than a string of the names of women in the room whose breasts nearly everyone there and everyone at home have seen. I think Macfarlane may have meant for this to make people feel uncomfortable. It certainly made me feel uncomfortable, and I imagine that the people in the audience sitting beside these women would feel uncomfortable, too.

    The women named in the song were all famous, and it made me question whether a woman who refuses to bare her breasts on the big screen is able to be so famous. Really, he pointed out that pretty much all the big names in movies have shown their breasts on-screen, even women known for their grace and repute, such as Meryl Streep. He mentions in the song, “We haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrece’s boobs at all,” after which Lawrence makes a little cheering motion, as though this is a great achievement. What does it mean about the film industry when women must show their bodies to get ahead? I think Macfarlane was calling the film industry out. Which is pretty bold, considering he was hosting the Oscars.

    The song points out how many of these women, who are supposed to be role models and strong, independent people, have to expose their bodies simply because they’re women. After all, is there a male equivalent to showing breasts onscreen? I can’t think of one. Men in movies often take their shirts off to showcase their muscles and please the female viewers, but this isn’t the same sort of intrusion of privacy as a woman taking her shirt off in a movie. After all, men can walk around with their shirts off in plenty of situations. A woman taking her shirt off is usually far more intimate. Unless, apparently, you’re an actress.

    As for the use of the gay men’s chorus, I think it draws attention to the fact that the “spotting” of the breasts of famous women has become not only a sexual, voyeuristic pleasure, but a cultural pastime. If you can make gay men sing and be excited about seeing breasts, then who wouldn’t be excited? I think it was meant as a commentary along this strain: “Look, even a gay men’s chorus is happy to have seen these women’s boobs!” I saw it as a further exposition of the objectification of these women. It points out that there is a whole new level of objectification around them–not only do men ogle them because they have breasts, but people who have no sexual interest in them ogle them simply because they have famous breasts.

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