It’s my birthday, and I’d like this please.
tardis-and-toast asked: Urh, I don't see the problem with Matt Smith 'slapping Clara's ass' Pretty sure before filming he wpuld have asked if it's alright, or if it was written into the script that they would have asked for her consent. It is in character in my opinion...
(Cont) I mean, have you seen how swwet and innocent he is? As his character he’s trying to fit in, you may be a big feminist but I’m sure they wouldn’t do something they weren’t allowed to. Just my opinion sweet.x
The problem is that it’s inappropriate, it’s also grossly out of character. For one, the Doctor knows full well how humans behave and how they act in relationships. He’s a very old alien who had been in contact with humans and the human race for years and years. He’s travelled with a married couple, been married himself, flirted with people, and has in the past seemed to display a good understanding of human society and social norms.
There is no reason for him to slap Clara’s bum. None whatsoever. To start with, I’m surprised more men aren’t up in arms that the Doctor seems to think that’s the way ‘normal’ boyfriends treat their girlfriends, and I’m also surprised that women aren’t more concerned about the increasingly degrading way women in Doctor Who are being portrayed.
Sweet and innocent? He’s made numerous boner jokes, innuendos, and sexually assaulted a queer woman quite recently. So let’s not make excuses for assault.
Besides, it’s not the intent that matters. It’s the act and the message that is portrayed to young viewers.
I am a big feminist, but this isn’t simply a feminist issue. This is a human issue. Any person that has respect for women, I would hope, might wonder why on Earth our kind, wise old alien is now slapping his female companion’s bum for what I anticipate will be a cheap ‘joke.’
There are a couple of things wrong with this defense of Moffat, and they both have to do with the distinction between the characters and their creators:.
1. Matt Smith and/or the writer and/or the director asking permission of Jenna-Louise Coleman the actress is one thing, and I hope like fuck that that happened. The Doctor asking Clara’s permission is another, and the way she reacts with surprise onscreen surely suggests that her character was not asked.
2. Maybe the Doctor is clueless about human etiquette, but actors/writers/directors/showrunners are not. Someone obviously thought that humiliating a female character is a good way to get a laugh. They thought is was such a good joke that they highlighted it by putting it in the show promo.
Jesus fucking sideways dovetailed cocksucking Chrit on a sesame seed bun.