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Feminists & light bulbs: Sofia Vergara blasted as sex object for mocking herself as sex object

August 28, 2014

This latest outpouring of outrage from the sisterhood and its male “allies” has rotated about as predictably as Vergara’s pedestal at the Emmys:

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OK, here goes:
 
 
The Emmys took a very troubling turn with a bit that presented Sofia Vergara’s body as evidence that TV throughout the years has known how to present viewers with “something compelling to look at.” As the president of the Academy spoke about, of all things, diversity on television, Vergara spun around on a literal rotating pedestal. On a night in which women already make up only 26 percent of nominees, this kind of objectification did not sit so well with viewers watching around the country.
 
 
We then transitioned into Sofia Vergara introducing the President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Instead of the usual boring spiel the President gives every year, they decided to throw Sofia Vergara on a spinning platform while giving the same boring spiel. She was treated like a literal object.
 
 
The moment’s unsavoriness, presenting a successful actress as nothing more than a body to ogle, was compounded by its timing; accepting the award for best variety series moments earlier, Stephen Colbert thanked his “one woman” writer. “Sorry for that, for some reason,” he said. It’s so difficult to deduce the reasons why women might feel discouraged from putting themselves forward as talents in the television industry, based on the fact that even a multiple nominee at the Emmys ends up getting taken for an embarrassing ride, one that goes around and around endlessly and to diminishing effect.
 
Not to mention all the tweeting about “blatant sexism,” yada, yada.
 
Feminists constantly gripe that they can’t get jobs writing TV comedy for Colbert and others. Maybe, just maybe that’s because feminists have no sense of humor. Nah, that couldn’t be the reason.
 
And what was that joke again about how many feminists it takes to screw in a light bulb?
 
Posted by Charlotte Allen
 
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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    I share the angst of these concerned observers. I want to see a fat Gender Studies PhD on that turntable with a sign saying, “This is what a feminist looks like!”.

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