I recently watched the movie Evolution with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, mostly because it was on Amazon Prime and it was the first thing I saw that wasn't PJ Masks or Coco. Now I love me some Coco, but I just got tired of weeping uncontrollably in front of my son who keeps clamoring to watch it.
Even though Evolution came out in 2001, the script seems like it came straight out of the '80s, and not the good part of the '80s filled with awesome soundtracks and Ferrari Testarossas. I'm talking more about the super sexist, gratuitously misogynistic, where's-even-the-joke in all of this sexism in the script. At every turn, someone's trying to get a woman to either take off her shirt or joke about sleeping with them. Heck, even Moore's character who's playing a brilliant CDC scientist isn't spared from objectification.
I'm not a politically correct person and when it comes to comedy, I don't think anything's off-limits as long is it's in the context of a joke making a point about something. If the "point" of the joke is to just have a woman take their shirt off because, LOL women are dumb as deserve to be treated like objects amirite? Then I'm sorry, you suck at comedy. That doesn't mean the movie doesn't have some hilarious lines, however:
The constant exploitation of women in the movie just felt like a cheap gag that was bound to make a lot of people feel bad for no reason other than being mean.
Which is probably why a lot of people are failing to see the humor in Demi Lovato's meanest "prank" she ever pulled on someone.
A fan asked the singer on Twitter what her best gag was, and Demi Lovato's response shocked many.
Lovato thought it would be a good idea to hire a prostitute to go into her bodyguard's bedroom, without him knowing, and grab his genitalia.
People were trying to wrap their heads around how the soulful singer could've found this amusing.
They also believed that not only the sex worker but Lovato were to blame for the "prank".
The question on everyone's minds was a fair one: does Lovato find sexual assault against men funny?
What I learnt today:— Ila ☀️ 🐍 (@flavlesswift) June 3, 2018
According to Demi Lovato a sexual assault against a man is funny.
CAN WE ALL UNDERSTAND IN 2018 THAT A SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A MAN IS NOT A NORMAL THING AND WE SHOULDN’T LAUGHT ABOUT IT??
NEWS: A MAN HAS FEELINGS TOO, A MAN CAN BE SEXUAL ASSAULTED TOO.
The singer quickly deleted her tweet and equated her "prank" with having a hankering for some sweets.
I swear I could tweet something about craving jelly beans and it would offend someone.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 3, 2018
Some people weren't offended by what she said and thought that the pop star was in the clear.
And Lovato, after removing her tweet, said that she is aware of the seriousness of sexual assault. She strongly advocated for Ke$ha after the Dr. Luke scandal broke out and has written music about the subject in the past.
For all of those coming at me rn, listen to the lyrics of Warrior and maybe you’ll have more compassion for someone who made a simple mistake. Of all people I know about sexual abuse. You don’t have to educate me.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 3, 2018
She ultimately apologized to people for being offended at what she said.
But some of her followers weren't really convinced, pointing out that she wasn't apologizing for the prank to begin with.
*Says something offensive— surbhi (@callitsnake) June 3, 2018
Promotes her flop music
There were others who brought up the fact that her bodyguard, Max, didn't seem too broken up by the event.
The only one that she needs to ‘apologise’ to if she has to, to anyone then it should be Max but he said it was fun and he didn’t mind. Don’t get involved sweetie when you only know 1 side— Demi Lovato Fan (@DemiLov53136755) June 4, 2018
As a guy who's been groped by women and men alike, it's never a comfortable situation (especially when I was in a relationship) but my "manly" upbringing has taught me to just let it go. Yes, it's the textbook definition of assault and shouldn't happen, but I've been pretty much desensitized to it by now. In all honesty if I was in Max's position, I'd probably laugh it off myself. I'm not saying it's what makes it right, but that'd be my reaction.