February 9, 2010

Superbowl Sexism: The Thumb Edition

Filed under: Body Image,Gender,Media,Media Gallery — Tags: , , , , — Lani @ 11:29 pm

Forgoing any of the obvious critiques (e.g. the bathtub, the nudity, the variety of responses she elicits) the fact that the powers that be at Motorola obviously used a thumb double  for Megan Fox’s wide, or clubbed, thumb (apparently, this is called brachydactyly) is one of the more ridiculous offenses of this years Superbowl commercials. Rest assured, ladies in entertainment, if they can’t pick apart your weight, breasts, skin tone, or cellulite….there are always your thumbs. What’s a little more surprising is that this isn’t the first time that Megan’s thumbs have received so much attention. But, how we do wish it would be the last.

January 29, 2009

PETA and the Superbowl

PETA’s sexy veggie ad has been banned from the Superbowl, sparking controversial debate on both sides:

NBC states: “depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards”

Says a PETA rep: “PETA’s veggie ads are locked out, while ads for fried chicken and burgers are allowed, even though these foods make Americans fat, sick and boring in bed.”

Courtney at Feminisng.com:

PETA’s incredibly ridiculous ad trying to convince all those hot wing munchers to convert to vegetarianism during the Super Bowl has been rejected. Shocker. It contains thin white woman prancing around in their underwear rubbing vegetables all over their perfectly toned bodies. I’m not even going to post the video, cause it’s, well, inane. Suffice it to say that, once again, PETA proves it has no notion of intersectional exploitation.