It’s a coincidence that this has recently become a thing because only a week ago I was re-watching the first American Pie film and, though admittedly I enjoyed it, it kept crossing my mind that they absolutely, categorically would not get away with making that film today.
Almost everything about it; the glaring sexual assault, objectification of women, the (on reflection) genuine lack of any non-white people (except for the milf guy), and literally broadcasting a naked girl masturbating to a whole school against her will.
*On that note, why was Nadia not p*ssed off at Jim and why did no-one mention her, only Jim cumming twice?*
It’s a product of its time, I guess, which is a weird thing to say about something that only came out, like, 19 years ago but a lot has changed in the last ten-or-so years.
But as I said, people are watching it now and they’re not impressed…
‘American Pie’ is extremely dated and is quite sexist but there are some hilarious moments.
— Mark Williams (@marvelnerd127) February 17, 2018
American Pie is the dumbest and most sexist movie ever. Just Bc you have testosterone doesn't mean you have the right to bang any girl
— elise (@racegirlJ301) January 31, 2016
my opinion is that the american pie movies are sexist
— nathalie (@HarrysSexyHands) August 20, 2017
The films are pretty sexist, that’s for sure, but even if they don’t think they are, most 16-18-year-old guys who are desperate to get laid are pretty sexist and that’s what the films are about.
Stifler is definitely a misogynistic person but we laugh at him, not with him. When he parades about slapping girls’ arses, we don’t think he’s cool, we think he’s a dick, albeit a lovable one (something he probably shouldn’t be considered). Granted, he never faces the consequences that he should, but the films maybe aren’t as evil as some people are saying they are.
American pie is such a cliché dumbass sexist movie why is it on my tv
— Wendy the Pooh (@kdxwns) December 29, 2015
Up until a point, pretty much every big film was written and directed by straight white men who were products of their upbringing. If you look at most films pre-2010, you’ll probably find that they’re subtly sexist or racist or homophobic and most of the time, that won’t be on purpose. It’s not a good thing and there’s no defending old attitudes, but it is a good thing that we can now look back and realise.
Omg, American Pie – the franchise, is so ridiculously sexist! Apparently, only guys are allowed to enjoy sex.
— Eyal Levy (@LevyLaVidaLoca) October 19, 2015
Even everybody’s beloved (and dangerously overrated) F.R.I.E.N.D.S is having the problematic stick waved at it by angry Twitterers, whether that’s because of fat-shaming young Monica or Ross not letting little Ben play with a Barbie!
I do enjoy Friends, but when 6 super skinny folks get to fat shaming Monica's past, I really disconnect.
It's funny, but it sure does have its problems.
— Hag Sarah (@TeaHagSarah) January 25, 2018
the fat shaming on friends was crazy! Monica was like 160 as a teenager and everyone made jokes about how she would basically eat people & her body suit was unrealistic and unnecessary
— sarah michelle. (@sarahelanaya) January 14, 2018
If the Friends episode about Ross trying to convince his son to play with “manlier” toy than a Barbie came out today, the show would have gotten canceled so fast.
— Arpita (@arPitaBread) December 30, 2017
Im on the #Friends episode where Ross is against Ben playing with a Barbie and it's made my rage blaze up anew.
— Kerri McNally ✨ (@kamcnally) January 15, 2018
The answer is obvious and that’s to not watch certain things that offend you but this should -and will- be a lesson to film and TV makers in the present and future: don’t be bad people.
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