Waving around a fake penis is acceptable, while provocatively waving around a foam finger is not.
With the former action played out by Zac Efron and the latter by Miley Cyrus, it’s wrong. Well, sort of. This article from Variety puts “the blogosphere” on blast for relishing the newly released trailer to a movie, That Awkward Moment.
The author argued for and pointed out the humiliation society should feel for “slut-shaming” Cyrus for her raunchy MTV performance, and then not even questioning Efron’s sexually-charged actions in the film trailer.
While I agree that there is a double standard when it comes to men and women in our society, I don’t believe it is fair to pin Efron up next to Cyrus, or vice versa. Zac acts. Miley sings. Saying Zac should be disparaged for That Awkward Moment is like saying MJ was a failure because he never won a World Series.
You get the gist.
To be clear, in no way am I trying to discount the rift between opposing genders. As a female pursuing a career in the sports media realm, I get it. I haven’t experienced anything remotely close to the caustic sexism that those before me have endured, but I’ve been called a “bitch” on Twitter, I’ve had skeptical looks shot my way, I’ve been discounted and underrated. The little things hurt. I get it.
Taking this movie and shredding it to pieces won’t result in progress for anyone. It’ll only produce disgusting commentary. So let’s take a step back.
Based off the trailer, That Awkward Moment is a romantic comedy surrounding three dudes and it is undoubtedly racy and edgy (but what isn’t these days?). Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan make up two of those dudes, and — I’ll go ahead and put this bluntly — they’re hot.
And besides being finely built with perfect smiles, the two men are young established actors. Efron’s widely known for High School Musical, Hairspray, Footloose and MTV nominated him for an award for his lead acting in Charlie St. Cloud. Meanwhile, Jordan starred in the Friday Night Lights TV series, and has won several film festival awards this year for his performance in Fruitvale Station.
Now, I’d say these guys just want to have fun.
My views in this post can be spun to depict me as wildly sexist and supportive of male dominance, in the same way as that almost any statement can be claimed racist. To that, I say relax. This movie is a piece of imagined fiction. It’s meant to keep us entertained, it’s not meant to set guidelines for us to live by.
Enjoy the view.