Is Hollywood afraid of female sexuality? Evan Rachel Wood thinks so. Watching the final cut of her new movie, Charlie Countryman, she was outraged that a scene in which her character receives oral sex had been cut. “I would like to share my disappointment with the MPAA who thought it necessary to censor a woman’s sexuality once again,” she tweeted.
“This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex.”
So the message is that sex sells – just as long as it’s the right kind of sex. More importantly, why did Wood’s sex scene get the chop but a graphic shoot-out “in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off” make the cut? Guns are good but groans are bad. La La Land’s infamous good taste strikes again.
Cyber Monday? More like Broke Tuesday
We’ve had Christmas Advert Saturday, Black Friday, and now Cyber Monday is just around the corner.
As the traditional advent calendar is redrawn by big shops with truckloads of gifts to sell, I’d like to propose some alternative festive milestones. Broke Tuesday: when you realise you haven’t booked a train ticket home and only first-class seats remain. Huffy Thursday: when you realise you’re not going to get a card from that old schoolfriend after all. And Mince Pie Sunday: the first day of the year you can scoff one without shame. It’s tomorrow – enjoy.