MacFarlane's 'Boobs' Song Celebrates Rape Scenes
These films should never have been played for laughs: Katie McDonough
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 1:28 PM CST
Host Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Seth MacFarlane's Oscar song, "We Saw Your Boobs," was immature and sexist—but worst of all, it celebrated rape, writes Katie McDonough in Salon. MacFarlane listed instances in which the world saw actresses' breasts, and four of the films he listed "featured nudity during or immediately following violent depictions of rape and sexual assault." A fifth line went even further, joking about Scarlett Johansson's real-life leaked nude pictures. "Oh, your privacy was invaded and your breasts were splashed across the Internet against your will? That is hilarious!" writes McDonough.

She looks at each of the four films in question: In The Accused, we see Jodie Foster's breasts as her character is being gang raped in a bar; in Monster, we see Charlize Theron's breasts while her character is being raped; in Boys Don't Cry, we see Hilary Swank's breasts as her character is being examined by a doctor after a rape. And those three films were based on real-life events, by the way. In Monster's Ball, we see Halle Berry's breasts during sex scenes with Billy Bob Thornton; one reviewer said the scenes explored "a whole history of white male aggression towards black women, and the sexualization of black women." But don't expect MacFarlane to care about any of that context: All he cares about is that "we saw your boobs." Full column here.

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Superabound
Feb 28, 2013 3:12 AM CST
"Oh, your privacy was invaded and your breasts were splashed across the Internet against your will?" Ok yes, the Scarlett Johansson mention was in bad taste. But the others? Those are from major Hollywood films that a) those women AGREED to be in, knowing their naked bodies would be projected on thousands of 20ft tall screens across the country, day-in day-out for weeks if not months at a time, and then later recorded on millions of DVDs sold all around the world, and b) made multiple millions of dollars. So who is actually profiting from graphic depictions of rape here? The guy who did some stupid song and dance thing on an awards show, or the studios and directors who made millions of dollars from it?
Trilby
Feb 27, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Boys will be boys. Next year please get a grown-up host.
Ballsackvagina
Feb 27, 2013 1:23 PM CST
No one made this connection. Radical feminism is slowly trying to erode away free speech. Way to go lady.