We (as in we at BULLETT and we as women and we as feminists) take great offense to objectifying women, even for the sake of comedy. But when it comes to objectifying men, that’s totally cool… right? Maybe?
I bring this up because the promos for Ryan Gosling’s SNL hosting gig just dropped and the primary (only?) joke made throughout plays on his meme-worthy attractiveness. Now I’m not saying I was offended by the clip – the jokes are more cutesy than ballsy – but I couldn’t help but think how i, and the Internet, would react if Gosling were a woman.
Now imagine an actress currently promoting a film starring a cast of A-listers that’s already inciting pre-release Oscar buzz (Gosling is currently doing the rounds for The Big Short which costars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell). You’re probably picturing someone like Jennifer Lawrence or Scarlett Johansson; someone that’s super talented but also super hot. Now imagine said actress doing a promo for SNL in which every joke focuses on how hot she is. I mean, one or two jokes is fine, as long as the punchline ultimately empowers the actress and makes the other, average-looking SNL comedian look stupid in the process, but a slew of jokes that mention both her gorgeous face and smokin’ bod would totally fill us with rage, right?
I sympathize for the SNL writers here because the funniest thing about Gosling is the absurd way in which women react to him. I also sympathize for the writers because that last Titanic joke is pretty funny. But the feminist in me wants for all things to be equal… or, at the very least, wants to point out that this double standard is kind of messed up.
…But if Ryan Gosling takes his shirt off during the actual show on December 5th, I guess I’m cool with it.