Observe and Report is a movie that displays date rape in a ‘comedic’ light.
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Over the last day Iâ€™ve started to notice some disturbing posts about the film and date rape. So I forced myself to watch the trailer and there for all the world to see is Seth Rogen raping the passed out Anna Faris (a woman who is supposed to protect from a streaker.) She is clearly not able to make a conscious decision, her eyes are closed and there is a trail of vomit on the pillow. She is being raped but since itâ€™s a comedy they can mitigate it by giving Rogen a moment where his brain goes huh maybe sheâ€™s unconscious and stops pumping briefly only to hear Faris shout out something like â€œWhy are you stopping motherf***er?â€ Like that makes it ok. Passed out screaming implies consent. Bad premise.
Iâ€™m just wondering what some guys will think about when they come out of this film. We all know there is so much sexual violence perpetrated against women that having a film like this treat this epidemic so lightly is shocking.
The message is that date rape is appropriate comic fodder for a mainstream Hollywood comedy. This film makes Knocked Upâ€™s sexism mild.
Tiger Beatdown sums it up best:
maybe Iâ€™ve reached the precise point at which I cannot be a â€œgood sportâ€ any longer and that is the point at which I am asked to pay ten fucking dollars plus however much a soda is these days for a movie that may very well insult me and every woman whoâ€™s ever had an unwanted dick shoved into her body. I could talk about how, even though I got warned in advance, even though I wonâ€™t be seeing the movie, the incredible frequency of rape and sexual assault in our society means that many, many victims of rape will see it, and the PTSD that often accompanies rape will mean that, for a joke, for some dipshit filmmakerâ€™s attempt at being edgy, they are going to experience all of the pain and psychological trauma associated with that experience, they are going to feel that rape all over again, there, in their seats, in the theater, and they are going to pay for the experience, and if they try to talk about what that filmmaker did to them itâ€™s probably going to get sidetracked into some conversation about the Sanctity of Art which is invariably given more consideration than their actual lives.
Sexism in films is nothing new to me, but the part i bolded in that article really got to me that movies like this just aren't worth making. :/
What do you think?