After seeing photos from the much-talked about evening, I must say, it's everything BUT a fashion show. Unfortunately, Bench's annual production has evolved into some sort of live entertainment, starring objectified bodies of models and celebrities as they hypersexualize themselves on stage.
There are so many upsetting issues about The Naked Truth, aside from the show itself. Let me start off by sharing with you this link my twin sister saw circulating in Facebook. It's a short article compiling Instagram posts and tweets of celebrities who are part of the "fashion" show sharing how they've prepared for it. Click here to read it.
As you've noticed, Solenn Heussaff got even skinnier as compared to her usual svelte figure. Georgina Wilson counted down the days before the show with what seemed to me as stressful and exhausting hours at the gym, calling it "days of torture." She has other posts on her Instagram account with whiney captions saying she can't wait for the Bench show to finally come so she can get back to eating, or at least something other than kamote for Ellen Adarna.
Why is this upsetting? Well, it reinforces the thinking that working out must be done solely to LOOK GOOD and LOSE WEIGHT. That's all there is to it. They're not hitting the gym to get healthy and fit, the hell do they care about that, right? It's the last thing on their minds because all they can think about is how to shrink their bodies in time for the show. As if they're not thin enough to fit in Bench clothing! What kind of message does this send their followers who already adore them for their looks? I know they're followed by thousands of girls who idolize them. What will these girls think of their bodies now? More importantly, how will they treat their bodies after seeing these posts? It's very unhealthy and obsessive, focusing yet again on the aesthetics. I mean sure, it's a fashion show and certain preparations are necessary, but to torture their bodies that are already "perfect" in the eyes of society? These celebrities clearly do not fully understand the influence they have towards their followers, specially the young ones! This is why a lot of Filipinas, both old and young, have poor body-image—because these gorgeous models who are already at the top of their game publicly display how dissatisfied they are with their size. Their posts may not blatantly say they are, but if you look a little closer, it is what it is. I follow a lot of models on Instagram from all over the world (regular and plus size), those with healthy and positive body image, and they don't have a single post on how they're over-exercising and drastically dropping their calorie intake for a shoot or a show.
Before I continue, I must warn you that this post might seem like a rant because there is nothing praise-worthy I can say about the event. The reason I'm mustering the boldness and taking the time to speak up about this is to make you see the naked truth about The Naked Truth and what it's really promoting beyond hot bodies that scream sex, sex, and more sex (which sells, of course!)!
|Girl on girl action on the stage of The Naked Truth|
WHAT THE F!@#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@#$%^&*(*&^%$#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@?!
I can't believe people (most specially women) actually clapped for this crap.
Since when did dehumanizing women to become anyone's pet become socially acceptable? It's bad enough that women's bodies are already being used in music videos and movies as eye candies and accessories. But for a woman to be portrayed as a pet? I never saw this coming. Not from Bench.
If they were aiming to represent lovers who have a thing for sex and masochism...wait. Why the hell would a clothing brand even dabble on publicizing a risqué and supposedly private activity?
Besides, didn't anybody from the company know that treating people like dogs (literally) was one of the cruel exercises the Nazis did in concentration camps to strip a person from his/her dignity and humanity? To make them feel utter shame and inferiority? No one felt uncomfortable enough to call this out from the production team? Not any one?
Is it because it's hidden under the guise of entertainment? Since it's a fashion show? Is this supposed to be freaking art now?
Because what I can clearly see whenever I look at the photos above is the glorification of two things: sex slavery and human trafficking. These are horrific crimes that are still happening until today, of which victims are mostly women.
Apparently Bench thinks it's cool and bold and totally okay to honor such pervertedness and degradation, they included their own "glamourized" version of it in their show.
Danah told me she saw this link on her newsfeed which compiled all the best bulges of the men who graced The Naked Truth, with the caption: "Admit it girls, we objectify men too." I'd like to say that I've never objectified men, but saying so would be a lie. There were times when seeing ads with male models portrayed as sex objects would give me utter satisfaction. HA! Now it's your turn to be objectified! But later on I realized, male bodies being reduced to merely a thing to fulfill women's fantasies doesn't make everything fair and equal. In fact, it causes a regression, pushing both genders back to acting like animals.
It's not one point for the girls just because a film entitled Magic Mike was released for our viewing pleasure. No. In fact, both sexes lose because as one gender is objectified, the other is encouraged to act like a primal being, enslaved to impulses and carnality.
Are vanity and sex the only good reasons to purchase anything these days?
Note: Rude and unthought comments that do not spark intellectual conversation about the issues stated in this post will be deleted.