Cap Stewart on Who’s Really to Blame for Hollywood’s Nudity and Sex Scenes?

FILE PHOTO: The iconic Hollywood sign is shown on a hillside above a neighborhood in Los Angeles, February 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

During her appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast, actress Salma Hayek opened up about a traumatic experience on the set of her breakout film, Desperado. After Hayek went through six auditions and a screen test, securing her role as the female lead, the studio added something that wasn’t included in the original script—a sex scene:

I had a really, really hard time with that. . . . I started to sob: “I don’t know that I can do it, I don’t know that I can do it. . . .” I was not letting go of the towel, and they would try to make me laugh and things, and take it off for two seconds, and then [making crying noise] I started crying again. But we got through it.

Hayek is not the first movie star to face sexual coercion. In the entertainment industry, the pressure placed on actors — and women in particular — to undress or sexually act out for the camera is tragically commonplace. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall, actor abuse has come into sharper focus, but the problem is far from solved.

The blame game

When evaluating a situation like Salma Hayek’s, it’s easy to simplify matters so as to lay the blame at the actress’ feet: “Well, she shouldn’t have done that.” The reality, however, is more complex, and Scripture can help us better discern this complexity. Consider the following stories:

  • In response to Judah’s willful neglect of her widowhood, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and tricks him into getting her pregnant. When the truth of the whole situation comes to light, Judah confesses his wrongdoing in the matter, saying, “[Tamar] has been more righteous than I” (see Genesis 38).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Cap Stewart


Cap Stewart is the author of the curriculum Personal Purity Isn’t Enough: The Long-Forgotten Secret to Making Scriptural Entertainment Choices. As a cultural commentator, he has contributed to Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan Academic, 2019), among other print and online publications. He has been blogging at capstewart.com since 2006.

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