So, to jump the mighty bandwagon that is hopefully trampling this film into the ground, to add my voice to the chorus that is hopefully already drowning out the sounds of the cast and crew of this film protesting ‘but it’s hilarious irony’, I just wanted to say that I will also be boycotting Observe and Report. Any film that suggests that rape is funny, or that it is ‘not actual rape’, is not okay.
And it amazes me that anyone can see it any other way. Surely, a man having sex with a drugged, drunk, unconscious woman is rape? Surely that’s not funny?
But according to the poll over at Huffington Post, 36.74% of voters think
“It’s a JOKE people. Get upset about more important things.”
So instead of simply repeating what has been said hundreds and hundreds of times, I’ll link you all up.
For the advert, and a response that involves quotes from the cast, check Jezabel
For responses to arguments for seeing the film, see The Pursuit of Harpyness
For a video response to Seth Rogan, check Feministing’s video
But if you’re only going to read one of these, READ THIS ONE. It is very powerful, and really gets across the issue here.
I mean, it would make sense, if you’d been raped. But what happened to you wasn’t really rape: it was just that time when a guy fucked you and you didn’t want him to. Rape only happens between strangers; rape only happens when you say no; rape only happens when you say no enough; rape is what happens when you physically fight back, and give him a chance to physically beat the shit out of you or kill you in addition to raping you. Rape only ever happens these ways, we tell ourselves, because that’s how we are able to tell ourselves that rape hardly ever happens.
And when you’re done reading/watching, join the Facebook group but more importantly actually boycott this film. Do not give financial and moral support to people who believe that we ‘should get upset about more important things’ than normalising date rape. People who think that raping a woman is funny. People who think that they can get away with joking about rape. People who, by doing so, help rapists get away with it.
They do not deserve your time, your respect or your money.