morning annoyance

March 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm 5 comments

I was sitting down with my famed bowl of cereal this morning. I LIVE for cereal. I sadly go to bed the night before excited for eating a freakin’ bowl of cereal the next morning.

Anyway, it’s at this time that I switch from CNN Headline News to The Today Show or even Good Morning America. I happened to be watching mostly The Today Show this morning, and they even had a segment that caught my eye. The segment detailed the group of four hosts taking on a new task each day…each task entailing something that requires them to step outside of their comfort zones. Today’s was painting models in the nude at a famed art school in New York City. Something I could definitely relate to having started drawing/painting live nude models when I was 18 and doing it on a regular basis throughout art school. In college it was no big deal at all…I even had a class with my model from my life drawing class. One moment I’m drawing her naked and the next she’s my partner in glass blowing. No big deal.

The hosts handled themselves very professionally during their painting session…no wise cracks about how it was “weird” or “uncomfortable”…thank goodness. But what pissed me off to no end was when they went back to the live studio where they were to reveal their finished works of art to today’s viewers. Each host revealed their piece of art one by one…when Meredith Veira pulled the red fabric off her canvas revealing the two nude models I was APPALLED. The genitalia and boobs had CENSORS over them. Seriously? Have we gotten to the point where art shown on TV has to have little blurry areas over the “private parts.” We’re not children! And even if children see that, who the hell cares? It’s the human body, we all know or SHOULD know what the parts look like!


It’s become so insanely stupid and silly that my gut was twitching and turning while watching it. It’s dumbing down art for goodness sake and it’s making a mockery out of the human form…especially the female form.

Nudity in television/movies/books has been a topic that I’ve talked about a lot the past few weeks with friends. I forget how it was brought up the first time…but it’s something that I feel the need to argue constantly! I believe Alex makes excellent points when talking about this subject. Why is it okay to see a man’s head blown off on prime time television but the moment a woman’s nipple slips out of her tank top it’s blasphemy?

“Oh Dear God…her nipple is exposed. What distasteful SMUT!”

Alex argues that by turning nudity into taboo (something that it’s not) is what leads to sexual deviance in the first place. People who are told their entire lives that “sex is bad, nudity is smut, and homosexuality is evil” are more likely to rebel in unhealthy manners.

While spending a lot of time in Europe I saw and learned how Europeans handle nudity and sexuality in a way more healthy way than we Americans. On a daily basis I would see flyers and ads with boobs…heaven forbid. And guess what, after which I didn’t have an uncontrollable urge to rip off my clothes and dance around the streets naked. I didn’t even turn into a porn star, I simply went on with my day. Why? Because they’re boobs, sexual or not, they are what they are.

And to The Today Show producers who felt that it was necessary to censor artwork…GIVE ME A BREAK and grow up!

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  • 1. KC  |  March 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    You know, I have to say this isn’t the first time I’ve seen nudes censored like that on television. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but once I saw a fairly well known work (at least to me) with the breasts and genitals blurred. I can’t remember when or where, either, sorry. But it was so annoying. And kind of infuriating. It also made me think of that Simpsons’ episode when the David travels to Springfield.

  • 2. erynchandler  |  March 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    KC, I’m glad I’m not the only one that is infuriated by this! And when I told Alex I was going to post about this he suggested I post a picture of The David with shorts on…and then referred to the Simpsons’ episode!

  • 3. Alec  |  March 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    DUDE. I haven’t watched the Today Show in (literally) 12 years or more, but I watched it yesterday morning and thought the same thing. I thought to myself, “go Ann!” when she pulled off the “censor bars.” It’s a rendering of the human body, and a stylized one at that… what the hell.

    I TOO thought of the Simpsons’ episode… which was done maybe TEN years ago… haven’t we gotten any further since then?

    Our culture is SATURATED with violence… but it equates nudity solely with sex. And while 90% of marketing relies on sex, it’s still a taboo topic. Like Town says, the extremely negative attitude towards sex can beget extreme behavior.

    I’m not saying that I’m going to hand my future-child an American Apparel catalogue at the age of 7, but at the same time, I’m not going to cover their eyes while they’re looking at a Manet.

    I guess what I’m saying is that it’s all about context. Europeans have had the more… “lax” attitude towards sexuality since the time of Molière, so it’d be a bit difficult to turn America towards that attitude now, but I wish we could just sort of hit a big “reset” button that told everyone to CHILL OUT.

    Anyway, I heard the other day (I WISH I knew wheeeere), that Republicans “consume” more porn than Democrats… yeah, repression/suppression doesn’t work.

  • 4. Kyle  |  March 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I heard the same stat that Alec mentions and I believe that this is the study that was referenced:

    It’s an interesting (though predictable) read regarding the possible existence of a correlation between porn and politics/religion/sexuality.

  • 5. erynchandler  |  March 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Alec, amen!

    Kyle, thanks for the link to the stats…why am i not surprised.

    p.s. I enjoyed your recent entry entitled, “midwest gay”


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