Did anyone else feel uncomfortable watching the Julia Louis-Dreyfuss-Bryan Cranston kiss because it actually looks as if there was no consent on her part and as if he totally takes her by surprise? I know that she later claimed that they’d discussed it beforehand [x], so maybe I’m just seeing things, but I mean look at how she’s smiling when she’s on her way to claim the award and then the smile disappears when the kiss happens, and all of her body language signals that she’s uncomfortable?? Look at how she moved completely backwards and how her hand goes down to his hand on her hip like she’s trying to get it off her, like ‘okay, enough!’
The gif is really fast, but in the actual video it’s a bit clearer that she looks taken by surprise because he comes up to her and she has this second of ‘jumping’ backwards in shock before he starts to kiss her.
And I even thought, maybe she’s acting it, maybe it’s because they’re recreating that Seinfeld moment… but when I look at the picture of the original Seinfeld moment [x], it looks like a completely different (much more romantic and consensual) kiss, so that doesn’t explain the uncomforable vibe this live kiss gives off.
And you know what, even if it was totally consensual and they discussed or even rehearsed it beforehand, I still wish they hadn’t done it like this… because it does NOT LOOK LIKE CONSENT and that is what’s important, because basically a moment like this, on such a widely broadcast tv event, just promotes this idea that it’s okay for men to kiss/hold/touch a woman just like that, spontaneously, without asking, and that it’s funny, regardless of whether she reacts positively or negatively. Which is a trope that I’ve seen in way too many tv shows, movies, etc. (*cough*11th Doctor*cough*), and to me, that’s part of rape culture.