Headlines About Sarah Silverman's Breasts Highlight Ugly Problem With Hollywood Reporting

Sarah Silverman premiered a new movie last week. A movie called I Smile Back. The film sees Silverman step out of her usual space as a comedy powerhouse and into a serious, dramatic role. Of course, you wouldn't know any of that if you went on the headlines alone. Silverman wore a beautiful, cleavage baring dress to the premier. And apparently most news outlets covering the red carpet that night believed THAT was the story. Have a look: [caption id="attachment_115006" align="alignnone" width="640"]The Daily Beast The Daily Beast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115008" align="alignnone" width="639"]E! Online E! Online[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115009" align="alignnone" width="640"]Esquire Esquire[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115011" align="alignnone" width="640"]PEOPLE PEOPLE[/caption] And there are plenty more where those came from! We didn't realize that a plunging neckline is what defined femininity (as per the Esquire headline) or that a plunging neckline constitutes "flaunting." When you consider the fact that Silverman's role in the film was that of a suburban housewife struggling with depression and substance abuse, it wouldn't be unreasonable if you had expected a different set of headlines. Silverman stepped outside of her usual body of work to take on this dramatic, and important role. Mental illness impacts a countless number of households across the globe and Silverman's own struggles with depression informed her performance. That should be worth a discussion. [caption id="attachment_115016" align="alignnone" width="640"]A still from I Smile Back A still from I Smile Back[/caption] Fortunately, some headlines opted to focus on the movie and Silverman's thoughts and feelings behind her new direction. It would be foolish to expect gossip rags and celebrity oriented magazines to delve deeper -- a zebra can't change its stripes, but would it be too much to ask that they don't dehumanize their subjects? Sarah Silverman looked fantastic in her dress. There is no doubt. Is that worth a mention? Certainly. But Silverman was not walking a red carpet at a "who looks the best in a revealing dress" contest, she was working a movie premier. She is free to dress however she chooses without it turning into the ONLY story. Do Silverman's thoughts and opinions not deserve more consideration than her breasts? What do you think of this story? Should this type of reaction have been expected or is it a dehumanizing outrage? Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114150" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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