Baywatch has finally hit theaters after forty-five years of hype. Critics are calling it a rollicking good time for those who like to watch dog turds turn white. But Alexandra Daddario isn’t giving up. During an interview with media juggernaut AOL the actress touted the reboot’s subversive treatment of gender roles. In case it wasn’t obvious from the bouncing tits in the trailers.
I think it was very important for all of us – the cast and obviously the producers and director [Seth Gordon] – to create female characters that weren’t just dumb and funny because they were dumb. The point was that Baywatch takes itself very seriously – we’re all like CIA operatives but on the beach – and all the women are very tough and strong, and I think that made a lot of sense in the context of this film, and I think it actually makes it funnier. It’s a little cliche to just have the women there as eye candy. Part of the joke is that we’re all supernaturally hot, but that’s not just what it is.
Daddario is the only woman alive allowed to refer to herself as “supernaturally hot.” Teen boys shelling out thirteen dollars for a ticket so they can dribble one out in the theater are in for a surprise. Come for the tits. Stay for the feminist tits. Each bounce brings Gloria Steinem closer to her dream. Daddario’s statement that “Baywatch takes itself very seriously – we’re all like CIA operatives but on the beach” is brilliant. It’s a comment on sounding like an out-of-touch actress who thinks a cross-dressing Zac Efron equals Zero Dark Thirty.
Co-star Jon Bass adds:
We do a really good job of sort of flipping the script and making sure that, yeah, the guys get their due. Because it’s 2017.
Any audience member in 2017 who buys that Baywatch has evolved from good ole days of showcasing quasi-porn stars’ fake tits to gender commentary deserves to flush his money down the drain. Providing pop feminist context as a way to sloppily repackage a movie is what Hollywood is about. See Baywatch for its progressive portrayal of genetically perfect women and their boobs. Or, just practice edging throughout the entire movie and then blow your load at home to Daddario’s nude scene in True Detective. Repackage the evening’s activities as a study in the intersection of human sexuality and media consumption in the 21st century. Daddario needs to believe this is a something.
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