Sex & Entertainment
I know I’m very late to the party when it comes to Game of Thrones. I’ve seen various articles, sketches, gag headlines, etc., that play on the show’s portrayal of sex scenes (to put it lightly). Beating a dead horse has never stopped me before. If you beat the horse enough you might be able to spin it as making glue. This is my attempt at making glue.
Being new to the world of GoT, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I undertook the task of catching up on the first two seasons. On demand offerings seem to come and go without notice (sometimes) so I wanted to be sure to get through both seasons before they disappeared. In total, I think I got through it in about five days. Once I set my mind to something I am unstoppable!
At first I was surprised by the nudity, and the sex, and the way most women were treated like prostitutes. The brain trust behind the show does a magnificent job of desensitizing you to it. There’s just so much thrown at you that after a while you get used to the nudity and pretty much expect it.
I’m not at all against nudity and sex in my entertainment, but the way they do it here just seems way too heavy-handed. When I first saw pictures of George RR Martin, my initial reaction was something like ‘there’s a guy who probably lives in his mom’s basement and has never even talked to a girl.’ Fast forward to present day, and after watching countless rough doggy-style sex scenes in the show, I feel like my theory gained some support. To nail down what I had in mind more precisely, George seems like an older version of Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s character from Role Models.
Didn’t anyone at HBO stop and say, ‘wait a second, we don’t go that far here’? Some of the scenes are straight out of Skinemax classics like:
A Bukoki in King Arthur’s Court
The Knights of the Round Booty
Merlin’s Magic Muff Ride
And yes, I’m using this as an excuse to go overboard and display my immaturity. Along those lines, I’m very disappointed there hasn’t been a whispering eye reference in this show yet. I’m holding out for it in season three.
Another thing that makes some of the ‘action’ seem a bit more inappropriate is that whenever I hear Casterly Rock it makes me think of Fraggle Rock. Fraggle Rock should not be thought of when you’re witnessing borderline rape and gratuitous booby shots.
What if it was Fraggle Rock that they were referring to? When Lord Tyrion returned home would he seduce the Doozers? I hope not. He seems to like whores anyway, and I can’t picture the Doozers selling their bodies. Besides, they’re too busy with their various construction projects. No one wants to think of Gobo Fraggle forcing himself on Mokey on top of the Trash Heap while spouting some demeaning dialogue. Disturbing to think about? Totally. Some of the behavior is probably scarring within the context of the show, and would be absolutely terrifying if it broke out in a fictional place inhabited by muppet-like creatures.
Is this completely crazy? Yes and no. I tend to let my imagination run wild and blog posts take crazy turns that weren’t necessarily in the plan originally, sure. But there’s enough crazy in life where quite often I can just present what’s actually out there and let the crazy speak for itself.
With that I present Exhibit A, which is a screenshot of a google image search I did for Doozers while putting this together. Right smack in the middle is a sketch of a woman just ‘letting them breathe.’ We’re one step away from the Trash Heap getting defiled.
While I was pondering this the other night, I finally watched Blade Runner. Again, I’m very late to the party on this one too. I know it might be heresy to say this, but I only thought it was okay. My biggest take away from it was this: did we witness Harrison Ford rape a robot? No means no, Han!
I’m referring to the scene where he “makes love” to a robotic Sean Young. It was bad enough when he slammed the door when Sean was trying to leave, but things took an even uglier turn when he “programmed” her to accept the rape. “Tell me you want me”, “say ‘kiss me'”. Oh no Han…it’s not too late to stop this! Quick, just give her some cab money now and send her on her way before it goes any further. She might forgive you and decide to not file charges. You can always just go and bang the toaster if you’re that desperate. When you think about it, replicant…kitchen appliance…either way it’s a machine and still something you wouldn’t want your friends to find out about.
As we edge closer and closer to full nudity on regular TV, the envelope will be pushed and the line will be blurred (in some cases just for the sake of pushing and blurring). I have a feeling I’ll be visiting this topic again someday.