Watching random music videos on TV last night, this commercial for the new Seth Rogen film Observe and Report kept playing over and over again. The basis of the film seems to be that Seth Rogen plays a quirky (according to IMDB, bi-polar — so yay, we can likely expect lots of “jokes” mocking disability and mental illness, too!) mall cop, who has to solve the case of a man who keeps flashing women at the mall.
Well I think we can all agree that this is a totally awesome and highly amusing premise for a movie. So we should probably be unsurprised to see that just a few seconds in, there is a rape joke:
I imagine that the “joke” within the context of the film might possibly be that the line “everyone thinks they’re fine until someone puts in ‘em something they don’t want in ‘em” is referring to something other than a penis. If that’s not the “joke,” then the joke is clearly just “Ha! A penis in a woman that she doesn’t want in her! Whew, rape is hilarious!”
But even if it is the case, the “joke” is still “Oh, hey, that sounds like he’s talking about a penis! In her, when she doesn’t want it in her! Oh man, saying things to women that makes it sound like you’re talking about someone raping them is hilarious!”
And regardless of the context within the movie? The joke in the trailer is clearly the first interpretation anyway.
Actually, this isn’t the exact same trailer that I kept seeing on TV last night. In the preview I saw, we also get a scene were Seth Rogen’s character grabs the female lead and starts making out with her right after she demonstrates how completely drunk she is by throwing up all over the sidewalk. Get it! It’s a joke! Drunk chicks are awesome because you get to take advantage of them!
You can also rest assured knowing that when I was searching for this particular trailer on YouTube, I came across another clip from the movie that portrays women who are the victims of sexual harassment or assault as hysterical, helpless, over-reacting, obnoxious — and yet funny! — bimbos.
Aren’t we so happy that the Apatow clan is constantly purported by the mainstream media to be taking over and reimaging the entire comedy world? God knows that we weren’t going to find a whole movie based on rape jokes before they came along!