Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Ryan Gosling

by Melissa Silverstein on November 18, 2010

in Feminism,Sexism

The Weinstein Co. is taking on the MPAA for both Blue Valentine’s NC-17 rating and The King’s Speech R rating.  They are so serious that they hired three top tier lawyers including David Boies to kick some MPAA ass. Please folks, let’s also remember that Made in Dagenham has also been screwed by the system. That movie opens tomorrow without any legal eagles fighting its fight.

I have to say it’s about fucking time that someone is standing up to the asinine ratings system.

Ryan Gosling one of the stars of Blue Valentine got into the conversation and talked about how misogynistic the system is.  I love guys who use patriarchy and misogyny is a single press statement.

You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.

I have to say that Gosling’s statement is one of the most feminist statement about the movie business that I have seen in a long time, if ever.  Think a woman could say that?  I doubt it would get the same traction.

Really impressive.

Ryan Gosling Tees Off on ‘Misogynistic’ MPAA Over Blue Valentine Rating (Movieline)

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Deb November 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Well said, Mr. Gosling. Michelle Williams or another woman would have been called the B-word by men and a lesbian by women for saying this same statement. We are our own biggest enemies today, so let the men speak for us.

sarah walker November 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

As if my heart didn’t swoon for Ryan enough already. He’s absolutely right.

Vertigo November 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I have a new found admiration for him, thanks for the info.

Opinioness of the World November 19, 2010 at 2:04 PM

While I wish more women in Hollywood vocalized this sentiment, I’m thrilled that Ryan Gosling did. We need more men as feminist allies!

ali November 19, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Wow. So well said. The MPAA rating criteria is truly inane, and he does a beautiful job of pointing out the hypocrisy. Thank you, Ryan! I look forward to BLUE VALENTINE.

Jessie November 19, 2010 at 11:04 PM

What a wonderful person Ryan is. How can a movie like “hostel” get an “r” rating? Women are treated as sexual objects and tortured. I guess the MPAA are telling us what they really think of women by giving this piece of trash movie such a rating. Women are objects for a man’s pleasure. The MPAA is disgusting! I will definitely be seeing Blue Valentine no matter what type of rating it receives. What a beautiful love story.

AJ November 20, 2010 at 7:31 PM

His insight and lack of feminism-phobia is probably mostly due to him being Canadian. Sad to report that I have noticed what a difference a little old border makes.

Chris November 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM

He’s spot on. Stifling the way women are depicted in films is one of the reasons why Hollywood has become so stale and out of touch with contemporary values.

Michael Freitag December 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I like him and he makes really good movies :-)

RA January 2, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Michelle Williams actually did make a statement basically articulating the same sentiment:
‘Mainstream films often depict sex and violence in a manner that is disturbing and very far from reality. Yet, the MPAA regularly awards these films with a more audience friendly rating, enabling our culture’s desensitization to violence, rape, torture and brutality. Our film does not depict any of these attributes. It’s simply a candid look at the difficulties couples face in sustaining their relationships over time. Blue Valentine opens a door for couples to have a dialogue about the everyday realities of many relationships.’

Didn’t receive as much press, though :/

Evgenia Grinblo September 9, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Both he and Michelle Williams make an excellent point that needs to be made more often and more loudly. My friends and I were just having a discussion on the common use of sexual violence and rape in movies. It almost seems like a filler for better writing, something to add that extra bit of drama or fill a hole in a character’s life story. And yet, expression of sexuality from both genders are seen as corrupting in some way. I’m glad this conversation is out there and that stars like Ryan and Michelle are using their status to add their two cents.

pandora uk December 1, 2011 at 2:54 AM

You had some nice points here. I done a research on the topic and got most peoples will agree with you

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