In the 1980s, “rape” meant an attack from a stranger in a dark alley, not something that acquaintances did to each other at house parties. Just look at Sixteen Candles: https://t.co/u4PC3tGuvL— Vox (@voxdotcom) September 28, 2018
-The film Sixteen Candles is a revered teen classic of the 1980s. However, several decades later the films stance on racism, classism, and date rape in particular are abominable and despicable depictions of those matters.
-"Sixteen Candles, Porky's, Revenge of the Nerds, The Breakfast Club, Animal House. Your favorite '70s and '80s movies helped to not only condone rape culture, but normalize it."-Diana Crandall (Writer for Forbes, Washington Post, and The Atlantic)
-Comedies from the 1980s presents serious subject matter and turns it into a montage that makes light of the situation. It presents the notion that if you're friendly with that person, then those rapes are just harmless jinks which is wrong on every level.
-In the film, Jake Ryan is presented as a teen/dream idol in the 1980s, but he’s also an accessory to date rape when he hands over a female character who is visibly drunk over to his friend played by Anthony Michael Hall. The film presents it as Caroline's fault and something of a joke.
-Jake Ryan presents the epitome of a fantasy that it instantly made Sixteen Candles iconic, and for decades was seen as the ideal dream boy of every teenage girl’s deepest fantasies.
-“She had to have a feeling about it, rather than a thought,” wrote Molly Ringwald in the New Yorker last year, in a long, empathetic reexamination of her work with John Hughes, “because thoughts are things we have when we are conscious, and she wasn’t.”
-"The dominant cultural narrative at the time of Brett Kavanaugh’s high school experience was the one offered by Sixteen Candles."
I...did not know that 16 Candles included a rape subplot played for laughs. Helluva window into the 1980s here, and what was and was not coded as sexual assault. https://t.co/5pEAgEL8tM— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 28, 2018
Caroline passes out drunk in her bf Jake Ryan’s bedroom. He says: ‘I could violate her 10 different ways if I wanted to.’ Then hands her over unconscious to another guy saying, ‘Have fun.’ In SIXTEEN CANDLES, the perfect guy is also an accessory to rape. https://t.co/E5CdPeZYFe— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 28, 2018
Kavanaugh’s HS years in context: one of the biggest movies then was Sixteen Candles, where the cool senior sold his drunk girlfriend to a freshman who raped her. This behavior was programmed to Gen X from Animal House to Jake Ryan. Sad that some boys thought fiction was real life— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) September 26, 2018
teen movies are the purest expression of both what the culture actually looks like and what we want it to look like, part 1338 of infinity https://t.co/tYi3EZC9gr— Constance Grady (@constancegrady) September 27, 2018
Yep, when I saw Sixteen Candles a couple of years ago, I was expecting the horror of Long Duk Dong, but was sideswiped by the date rape that was passed off as normative romance. https://t.co/eUqTUZ0eX7— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) September 28, 2018
She is speaking for and carrying truth for the entire generation gap. If you don’t think think this was business as usual, every Saturday night in the 80’s, refresh your memory with the rape victim in Sixteen Candles. #KavanaughConfirmation— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) September 27, 2018
It's awful. Molly Ringwald's recent excellent The New Yorker piece about John Hughes' misogyny speaks to this issue. https://t.co/pjUh8CjkwW— Michelle Hylton (@chelliehylton) September 28, 2018
Yes, SMH. So many examples. The Long Duck Dong character (there's a f'ing gong sound effect every time they say his name) in Sixteen Candles is indescribably crazy.— Michelle Hylton (@chelliehylton) September 28, 2018
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