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Conservatives Are Boobs When it Comes to Pop Culture

March 3rd, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Look, no one loves a good nude scene more than I do, but the truth is: forcing young professional women to expose themselves in order to get acting jobs is degrading and unnecessary. Weak, sinful hypocrite that I am, I’ll watch those scenes again and again, but even I understand: there’s not one nude scene in motion pictures that is dramatically essential. Not one. They are all there for reasons of prurience and exploitation, every one of them. They take abusive advantage of actresses’ desperate need for work, love, and attention in order to give drooling, demented old curmudgeons like me a cheap thrill. And once a girl does one, it’s online forever. Believe me — I know where to find them! And the actress’s parents, sweethearts, husband, and children know where to find them too.

The only reason the left complained about MacFarlane’s song was the same reason they complain about any piece of public discourse: it exposed the truth about their lousy, hyper-sexualized values and practices. Look at the faces of Naomi Watts and Charlize Theron when MacFarlane sang about them:

Now look at the face of Jennifer Lawrence when MacFarlane’s song mentioned that she had never exposed herself in a movie:

Which of these ladies looks proud and which look ashamed? [I should add, in answer to the comments below, that this was, of course, filmed earlier as part of the Captain Kirk routine, but the idea of the song is that the women who exposed themselves are ashamed by MacFarlane's tactlessness. That's what the left is so upset about -- the joke is true.]

Criticize the song??? The right should’ve posted the bloody song on every website we have! We should have said: Hey, ladies, if it makes you feel bad when someone publicly talks about what you publicly do — guess what? Don’t do it! Do something else instead! Maybe treat your bodies with dignity and respect — the way you’ll want your daughters to treat their bodies. The way men ought to treat them.

MacFarlane’s humor did one of the very things that good humor is supposed to do. It told the truth about an accepted practice that is morally absurd. As right wingers dedicated to moral truth, we should have used the moment to pleasantly and sweetly drive the point home.

But when it comes to pop culture, we’re just too damned stupid.

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My motto: never attribute to an "ism" what can be more accurately described as "raised by wolves". Works for liberals and conservatives alike (though usually it's the progressives that need it)
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I gotta tell ya. I think nude scenes are absolutely vital to porn.
1 year ago
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I'm going to show this video to my daughters when it's time for the "talk." I'm going to tell them, "this is how every teenage boy thinks. Many of them will say and do ANYTHING to get to touch or see your boobs. Only group date until you're out of high school, and then only date to find someone to marry."
1 year ago
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I can think of one film where the exposure of boobs is dramatically essential: Frenzy by Sir A. Hitchcock. Although, it's a rape scene and seeing the boobs is supposed to make the audience feel uncomfortable and kind of Guilty...
So, I guess it doesn't contradict what our saying.
1 year ago
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Jennifer Lawrence has never exposed herself in a movie? No, she comes to the Oscars for that. Or is that someone else's boobs in that picture?
1 year ago
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Yes, a song about boobs is the epitome of right-wing values. Truest. Statement. Evar.
1 year ago
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I always thought it was funny, liberals are in favor of women expressing themselves (freedom of speech) by taking off their clothes on camera, but you're not in favor of the sexual exploitation of women (pornography, to stay relevant to the argument). So women can make all the pornography in the world, but men shouldn't buy it?

No thanks, I'll just tell my daughters the truth: if those women were so proud of the "sensitive" and "tasteful" way the producers etc. handled nude scenes, they wouldn't need to feel ashamed when their names came up in the song. That being the case, "sensitive," artistic" and "tasteful" are just things producers say to get women to take off their shirts so the producers can make money; in other words, sexual exploitation.
1 year ago
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You're giving Boobs a bad name!
1 year ago
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"Conservatives Are Boobs When it Comes to Pop Culture"

Oh, I don't think so. But the vast conga-line of pop-cult kool kids, have no clue re the existential perils facing us. The Popular Culture is what it is. It cannot be designed or "set on course" -- not even by Barack Obama himself.

The LAST thing that conservatives should dedicate their energies toward is trying to come up with some sort of plan to steer the Popular Culture towards saner shores. The Popular Culture has no mind. It cannot create. It simply reflects. We have very serious problems facing us. The Popular Culture does not have a serious bone in its ephemeral body. It, rather, is all about appearances and whims and pleasures and vanities. The Popular Culture belongs to those who don't matter. It belongs to the faceless masses. Screw it.
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You're right that a lot of pop culture is the modern-day equivalent of booger jokes. But the Left OWNS pop culture, and they make a lot of converts that way. We ignore the access that pop culture has to young, impressionable people at our own peril.
1 year ago
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That is exactly what conservatives should be doing. Culture precedes politics.

Media and the education system should be targeted for takeover.
1 year ago
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How do you italicize now?
1 year ago
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You can no longer use any html commands (or ubb code for that matter). You cannot post links either, just copy/paste urls if you wish.
1 year ago
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Hey, I've got boobs and nothing about that song offended me. I laughed -- especially at the Hollywood actresses who sat stone-faced and offended!

The damned Hollywood elites have for too long set themselves up as some kind of moral arbiters -- and God alone knows why. They bed hop, they marriage hop, they have kids by different fathers, they have the biggest carbon footprints on earth -- and then some! -- and they get upset by a song about boobs.

GIVE. ME. A. BREAK.

They're the boobs. Jane Fonda should just ST_U. The tummy/chin tuck queen doesn't have a leg -- or a boob -- to stand on. Too bad she can't take a joke. These Hollywood killjoys have no sense of humour.
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