[guest post by Dana]
At first, I wasn’t going to post about this because it’s Hollywood. Enough said, right? The pixie-dust bubble where illusion and insipidness seem to be a way of life for so many. And that insipidness is never more on full display than when Hollywood self-righteously gets on their SJW soapbox to rage about the latest perceived Insult To Humanity. This time, it’s actress Rose McGowan, who is Outraged by this depiction of violence toward women as seen in a poster advertising Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men:Apocalypse:
There is a major problem when the men and women at Twentieth Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film. There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled. The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and frankly, stupid.
Wait just a second. If there is “no context in the ad,” then how does McGowan know that Mystique is really a woman? And since you mentioned “stupid,” Ms. McGowan, you know what I think is stupid? I think it’s stupid that you see a sci-fi comic book character named Mystique who is a “mutant” that typically wears nothing more than head-to-toe blue gills and has the ability to instantly change her appearance into anything she wants, as a real woman. Right up there with that stupidity, is that you see another sci-fi creature named Apocalypse as doing harm to a real woman. Am I losing my socially-conscious mind here??!
Of course Twentieth Century Fox caved to pressure and issued an apology:
“In our enthusiasm to show the villainy of the character Apocalypse we didn’t immediately recognize the upsetting connotation of this image in print form,” Fox said in a statement. “Once we realized how insensitive it was, we quickly took steps to remove those materials. We apologize for our actions and would never condone violence against women.”
Tell me that outrageous level of insensitivity toward women didn’t just leave you reeling!
All I can say is, thank God Mystique wasn’t a rural school teacher who turned down a marriage proposal from a colleague, only to find herself being set on fire and dying from the honor killing an excruciating four days later. Although, since we are to believe that Mystique is a real woman, her unique ability to change her appearance in an instant would no doubt have saved her from such a fate.
And thankfully, Mystique isn’t the young Iraqi woman in a village near battle-torn Mosul, filming a music video “in an effort to support & inspire Kurdish troops there fighting against ISIS”. And talk about your violence toward women: Helly Luv is now on ISIS’s Most Wanted List. But that’s just something she just doesn’t have time for:
I’m going against the most dangerous terrorist group in the whole world but I feel that there are thousands of people risking their lives against them on the battlefield…If my life is at risk but I can get the message to millions of people then that is a privilege.
Moreover, it’s a good thing Mystique isn’t in “Sultana’s” shoes, and confined to her Afghanistan home located in the belly of the Taliban beast because her family was told if she went to school she would have acid thrown in her face. You know, where I come from, that’s considered real violence toward real women. Now she’s trying to overcome real-life obstacles and devouring things like English, algebra, trig, calculus, and learning about string theory and reading Kant with hopes of becoming a physics professor. Likely she won’t have an opportunity to slip out to the movies and see some Hollywood-type violence toward women, given that she only leaves the house five times a year because of that whole acid thing. Plus living in a third-world hellhole has its limitations: no movie theaters.
Clearly not everyone has the luxury of existing in the insular pixie-dust-bubble of Hollywood and stamping their foot in faux-outrage over imagined offenses. Especially not those real women facing actual violence.