Don’t See It: Seth Rogen’s Date Rape Movie

I thought losing weight was to blame for Seth Rogen’s fall from funny. But maybe we never had the same sense of humor to begin with. How else to explain his starring role in “Observe and Report,” which opens today, the extended trailer for which shows his character, Ronnie, a mall cop, having sex with a woman (Brandi, played by Anna Faris) who’s passed out drunk, covered in vomit? This scene has caused quite a bit of controversy, with everyone from The New York Times to Salon’s Broadsheet weighing in on whether the scenario classifies as date rape. (The scene, FYI, is embedded in the trailer, after the jump. Warning: the language in the trailer makes it NSFW.) Rogen says it is not.

“You can literally feel the audience thinking, like, how the f**k are they going to make this okay? Like, what can possibly be said or done that I’m not going to walk out of the movie theater in the next thirty seconds? … And then she says, like, the one thing that makes it all okay.”

That one thing? When Rogen stop manically pumping away, Brandi, vomit oozing out of her mouth, comes to, and says, “Why are you stopping motherf**ker?” The Times agrees that this is her giving “permission,” writing in their review, “He forces himself on a makeup-counter saleswoman after a date of heavy drinking and drug use. (Before the scene is over she indicates that she had given her consent.)”
Wait a second, he “forced” himself on her, but before he is done she gave consent? How does that make sense? And in any case, are we to believe that a woman who has been unconscious for the majority of a sexual encounter, and so drunk and drug-addled that she’s covered in vomit, is in the proper condition to be giving permission for anything? If she got behind the wheel of a car, she could kill someone and she would certainly be arrested for a DUI, yet this same woman is perfectly capable of telling someone — well after they’ve already started, mind you — “sure, go ahead and have sex with my barely conscious body?” I don’t think so.

I get the fact that this is a movie and it’s fiction and it’s supposed to be funny. For the most part, “Observe and Report” looks amusing in the way that any of those Judd Apatow movies are amusing. But a movie like “Observe and Report” is targeted at a specific audience that make this date rape scene even more disturbing — teenage boys. It absolutely sickens me to think that hundreds of thousands of men and boys are going to watch this scene and potentially think that having sex with a woman who is passed out and covered in vomit is okay because Seth Rogen did it and, oh yeah, she said it was “okay.”

Remember, the language in the trailer below is NSFW:

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