The New Faces of Porn

Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez at the "Spring Breakers" photo call during The 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino in Venice, Italy.  (September 5, 2012 - Source: PacificCoastNews.com)

Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez at the “Spring Breakers” photo call during The 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Casino in Venice, Italy.
(September 5, 2012 – Source: PacificCoastNews.com)

Walking the streets of downtown Los Angeles, it is not uncommon to see gangstas dressed in their expensive Nike kicks with a series of ladies by their side. If you walk down Skid Row, you may even see a young female walking past you wearing nothing but a bathrobe. This is the life of the pimp and his ladies; A life full of sexual favours as women become a play toy for males in return for his ‘security’, shelter, food and the next hit of methamphetamine.
If you were to see this, you would probably be shocked. The streets of downtown LA are closer in resemblance to the slums of Uganda than the polished lights of Hollywood only a few blocks away. Your heart would go out to these females and your first instinct would be to clothe them, feed them and enable them to live without this security that is often paid for with their lives. Even if you have never visited Skid Row, you have seen this. Last time you walked into the movie cinemas or record store, did you not notice the ladies posing suggestively with an album title strategically scribbles over their breasts? I often ignore these or cover them in distaste. But when I found out that one of my favourite Disney stars had become one of these dare I call them porn stars, I couldn’t keep quiet any longer.

Selena Gomez, star of Disney Channel series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’, accomplished singer and infamous ex of the Biebs himself, is one of four up and coming actresses to star in the new flick ‘Springbreakers.’ Promo posters show Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and Rachel Korine dressed in their underwear staring suggestively at the camera. Apparently the film is about four young college girls who end up in jail after robbing a restaurant. They are released by James Franco’s character and must repay him. How do they do this? By enacting out robberies while acting sexually and doing drugs of course.
After my initial reaction (“Disney stars have turned to PORN?!”) I became enraged. Not only are these actresses’ tempting the helpless men who walk past these posters, but they are actually ENDORSING the lifestyle of the pimp and his girls! Before people respond to this and say it is a females right to how they use their body, and that it is empowering to embrace ones womanhood, let me just say this; even if a female or male chooses to use their body for the sexual favours of others, legal or illegal, IT IS NOT RIGHT. A person’s body is to be treasured, it is sacred. Sexual intimacy is sacred and designed to be between two people who love each other. In doing a sexual act, two bodies become one. They are forever linked.
Sure, these beautiful Hollywood actresses have the choice to act in this movie. But that does not make it right. James Franco looks beautiful, but after realising he directs the openly explicit porn film ‘Kink,‘ a documentary where females are made to do sexual acts in front of the camera, I cannot respect him.Selena Gomez may ask her younger fans to avoid this R Rated movie, but they are still going to see it. They are going to see that it is cool and beautiful to act sexually as a commodity.
When I think of the women of Skid Row struggling to stay awake after boosting themselves with meth just so they can black out the memories of the violent night before, I cannot stand for this. So I refuse to watch ‘Springbreakers’ because there are some things that will never be right.

It is worth noting that I have not watched ‘Springbreakers’ and can therefore only give you an interpretation of what I have read of its plot. After receiving feedback from people, it seems that I was incorrect to initally cite that the girls do sexual favours for Franko. However, the nature of the promo for this film suggests to me that the behaviour of the girls far exceeds robbery and I thus thought it important to publish this article. To read a summary of the plot and spoilers please visit http://www.themoviespoiler.com/Spoilers/springbreakers.html so you can make an informed decision for yourself.

About Jessica Morris

Jessica Morris is an internationally published journalist, writer and social media manager.

0 comments on “The New Faces of Porn

  1. I actually think you should watch it before writing about it. Don’t you think it goes against any real journalistic integrity to judge something by its “cover”.

    Your assertations about sex are sweet, don’t get me wrong, but a little naive. I share your ideal that sex is a big deal but it doesn’t link two people together forever. It’s all about perspective.

    I’m sure this movie is not suitable for children and will have a rating accordingly. More to the fact it just looks like it will probably be a bad movie. You have to see the motivation for these actresses as what it is, they were Disney (read Christian/family crowd) girls who are desperate to move into the mainstream and be taken seriously by their peers. So they go from one extreme to the other to make a point.

    Comparing them to prostitutes and drug addicts is rather offensive in my opinion. Their playing a role, it’s called acting.

    No offence.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. Yes I agree, as a journalist it is essential to know a topic intimately and therefore be able to write about it accordingly. I had wanted to do this with ‘Springbreakers’, but on finding out more about its content I realised this this would go against my ethical values. I understand if therefore you see this post as redundant, but I have written it for people who like me, want to know more about the movie without seeing it first.
      Unfortunately our views on sex are different and that is ok. I come from a Christian world view and while I write in the mainstream I am able to express these views on my personal blog. I realise these actresses are trying to break into an older market. We have seen Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and even Hilary Duff do the same thing. However, I would argue that there are more appropriate and even more professional and respectable ways to do this than star in such a movie.
      I apologise if I have offended you with my comparison with prostitutes and drug addicts. I understand that an actor takes on a role which is different to themselves. That is the nature of acting. I still don’t believe it is right to take on a role that endorses such behaviour. In my view, the promos for the movie do endorse this behaviour by showimg the girls dressed in such a manner while acting promiscous and care free. Gomez’s character leaves her friends after experiencing some of this behaviour, and in this way I see that she is showing viewers a moral compass behind it. Perhaps there is a message towards the end of the movie about the situation which two of the friends find themselves in. As a journalist, I would have rather watched this movie to find out. But I have decided not to for personal reasons and have shared my views regarding the promo and movie as I am passionate about social justice and the fact that irrespective of who see’s a movie, everyone see’s the advertising behind it.
      These actresses are not prostitutes or drug addicts. But they are dangerously close to representing people who are. Don’t these people deserve a voice? What if their lives aren’t as ‘fun’ as they as they are portrayed in this film or on the poster? If a reader decides to watch this movie after reading my article, that is there business. However, if they enter this experience being mindful of the views and values it is presenting, then I have done my job. I am here to make people think, and it seems I have done that this time.

  2. Jessica, Thanks for a good articles. Very well written, I have never even heard of this movie before. I don’t follow too many things from Hollywood anymore, especially movies, it is very hard to find entertainment that isn’t full of sex, and so many other things that just don’t need to be watched.

    It is pretty disappointing and sad the extreme they would go to to “break out” of the disney movies, etc… Having a younger sister that follows these people and watches their movies is probably the main reason why this just hits me the wrong way. I know my little sister is very smart and not like this, but there should be no reason for her to have to even watch these girls do this and have this as a possible example in her life.

    Again thanks for your articles 🙂

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