Feministing blogger Vanessa yelps:
I’m sure some of you love The Tudors… [b]ut I find this really disturbing.
It’s not the first hyper-masculine, sexist ad the show has run … but this over the top. While it does seem like Henry IIX’s character is also sexualized in other ads and the show (the series itself seems to exude sex), spousal strangulation is just not screaming “hot” to me.
(The picture actually makes me wonder if it’s a precursor to Anne Boleyn’s beheading, which would make it even more unsettling; although I tend to doubt SHO is trying to incorporate historical cues into their marketing.)
I’m really curious to know how fans of the show feel about this image.
I will freely admit that I don’t watch The Tudors. I never have, and you know what? I probably never will. But what is it about feminists screeching with outrage over the smallest possible offenses? I mean, jeez, overreacting much?
Really, who looks at that picture and thinks that it conveys “spousal strangulation” just because his hand is on her neck? Personally, I look at the picture and see a very, very sexy ad.
And, oh no, a precursor to Anne Boleyn’s beheading?! What horrible sexism was Showtime trying to perpetuate?!
Um, maybe that Anne Boleyn was, in fact, beheaded.
This is the other ad that Feministing is all in a huff over:
Oh. My. Goodness. Look at Henry the 8th, sitting there surrounded by women baring cleavage. How horrifying! Look at how comfortable Showtime is with objectifying women!
Will new wave feminists never realize that by getting so upset about such minor things, they’re doing the feminist movement more harm than good? There are women who are truly oppressed around the world, women who suffer real discrimination. But what’s really important to the heavy-hitters in American feminism is abortion — and apparently, ads for TV shows that are too overtly sexual. Interesting, though, is how sexual ads are deemed BAD, and yet women who sleep around like men are GOOD (Amanda Marcotte can tell you all about that).
True oppression, true discrimination, takes a backseat to petty shit like this. And that’s why no one takes feminism seriously anymore.