Star Trek Into Darkness writer, Damon Lindelof, has taken a bit of a bashing over his use of a “gratuitous” underwear scene in JJ Abrams’ superb sequel (review). Followers of Lindelof on Twitter have expressed outrage at the scene where Alice Eve’s Carol (no surname’s please, if you haven’t seen it yet it may spoil things!) undresses with Kirk (Chris Pine) copping an eyefull, as do the audience.
Lindelof was forced to address the complaints, some of which went like this:
Kristen McHugh said “I kinda enjoyed that Dr Marcus told Kirk (and the audience) to put their eyes back in their heads. But overall: less male gaze, more speaking and non-object roles for women, please.”
An outraged Devon Faraci wrote “You had [Kirk] shirtless both times in situations where it made sense. Carol’s scene was gratuitous.”
Clearly fans were unhappy with the so-called cheap shot, so Lindelof responded:
“I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress,” he wrote, adding: “We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies, [but I] do not want to make light of something that some construe as misogynistic. What I’m saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future.”
Even on MTV, Lindelof was getting it in the neck when fans were able to email questions to him. One fan asked “Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God’s name she would undress in that circumstance?” Lindelof responded, carefully, by saying “Well there’s a very good answer for that. But I’m not telling you what it is. Because… uh… MYSTERY?”
However, some fans were happy with the scene, and found the complaints to be rather silly. Mark Newbold wrote “I can’t tell if you are being serious or tongue in cheek. I hope the latter. Trek is supposed to be sexy and randy, it always was.”
Chris Blohm clearly had no issue with the shot of Alice Eve in her underwear, and he begged “Damon, please don’t feel as if you have to skimp on future Kirk/underpant situations because of this.”
Well, for the sake of the story, I have included the image of Alice Eve in this particular shot, so you can study it and make up your own mind. Is it offensive, or just a simple bit of tongue and cheek fun that is actually harmless?
(Source: The Guardian)