Beyoncé vs. Sofia Vergara and Feminist Double Standards

sofia-vergaraA classy dressed Sofia Vergara on display at the Emmys is deemed offensive but an overly sexual performance by Beyoncé at the VMA’s, laced with naked strippers and S&M themes, is A-Okay by liberal audiences… Huh?

I have been lamenting for a while now about the hypocrisy and double standards of feminists and the left but this really seals my argument.

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Seriously, let’s have our own little round table of “The View” right here. You decide what’s offensive.

Sunday night, Beyoncé had a 15-minute medley performance of her songs. She didn’t disappoint her audience (which included her young daughter Blue Ivy). Her performance was the usual overtly sexual display of women in near naked costumes, pole dancers, gyrating dancers, performers simulating sex and lyrics like “tear that cherry out” and “bow down bitches”. The highlight was probably the huge lighted banner displaying the word “feminist” and a voice defining feminism as “a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” (Thanks Beyoncé for that definition. Some of us ladies are just so confused.)

You can watch the performance in its entirety but beware of the content.

Then Monday night, on the Emmy Awards actress Sofia Vergara of Modern Family was a part of a funny skit where she was introduced by the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum. Vergara stepped on a rotating pedestal showing off her classy dress and curves while Rosenblum talked about the state of the television industry. He ended his speech with a rather funny statement highlighting Vergara’s rotating display: “What truly matters,” Rosenblum said, “is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch.”

You can watch the Emmy moment here which Time calls “a blatantly sexist trope” and Huffington Post calls out the Emmy Awards for “objectifying” Sofia Vergara. Others took to twitter, like Katie Couric, calling it “offensive”.

Here’s some great responses to Couric’s tweet:

Perhaps, if Sofia Vergara had the word “feminist” shining bright behind her on stage with the auditory Wikipedia definition blaring in the background, the skit wouldn’t be offensive? Maybe, if Vergara gyrated on that rotating pedestal in a nearly naked costume, then people wouldn’t see the Emmys as objectifying her?

Hypocrisy?

A double standard in feminism?

You decide.

Julie Klose

Virginia Politichick Julie Klose is a freelance writer and blogger. Julie covers all topics related to US and foreign politics but is particularly passionate about social issues. She is pro-life and has interviewed different people and organizations within the pro-life movement. Julie has been featured on several radio shows for her conservative opinions. She is a contributing writer and content editor for Barbwire.com. When she is not dabbling in political writing, she enjoys blogging on her personal blog site at www.thevelvetbrick.org where she mixes it up about faith, family, and politics. You can find Julie on Twitter @thevelvetbrick1 or on her Facebook page The Velvet Brick.

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