FILMINISM: THIS IS THE END AND HOW EMMA WATSON REDEEMS THE RAPE JOKE
Filminism is a bi-weekly column dedicated to representations of women in cinema. It runs every other Friday.
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“How do women still go out with guys when you consider the fact that there is no greater threat to women than men? We’re the number one threat to women. Globally and historically, we’re the number one cause of mayhem and injury to women. We’re the worst thing that ever happens to them.” – Louis C.K.
Last weekend, I was at a bar with some friends putting together the Star Trek Enterprise in Legos (as you do), and we got to talking about the recent rape/comedy fracas on Jezebel.
Something Matt Patches said about a “rapey” joke in “This Is The End” (read our review of the film here) piqued my curiosity, although I assumed he was simply referring to the scene I’d already heard about in which Jonah Hill is sexually assaulted by the devil. Or a devil. Well, it’s a shadow with a schlong. I don’t particularly care for jokes about male rape; I think they’re generally pretty lazy and dumb, but I don’t find them to be particularly shocking, especially in the context of a bro comedy. I didn’t think any more of the movie’s potential “rapey-ness” until I saw “This Is The End” last night in a packed house.
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