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Spotlight0Shameless: The Naked Truth
Written by: Kasara2014/06/02 1:48 PM
Shameless is not the first show to ever show a naked woman on screen and it is certainly not the first to show a naked man; however, that is rarer than you might think. Lastly, it is certainly not the first show to feature gay characters.
So what am I getting at here? What’s the difference in how Shameless portrays any of this? The difference is that the actors, and show as a whole, are fighting to make issues such as nudity and the presence of homosexual characters a non-issue. They’re trying to take the stigma and false ‘shock factor’ out of what boils down to inherently human qualities and body anatomy.
For me, it has often been a cringe worthy moment for an actor when they are saddled with questions pertaining to nudity and it makes me wonder why those questions are necessary. Either it’s because they have been asked a thousand times before and even I’m getting tired of hearing their answer, or because it’s just genuinely uncomfortable to see the actor forced to justify the nudity portrayed on screen.
Considering the fact that we have all seen many of these actors naked on our screens, it’s only human to want to ask them how they’re able to be comfortable enough filming those scenes, especially since many of us probably aren’t comfortable wearing a bathing suit in front of a few people let alone baring all to millions of people. The problem is when it’s all we ask them. The problem is when we, as viewers, are unable to see past the naked form on our screens: Emmy Rossum may be naked in the shower, but more importantly—Fiona Gallagher is about to have a panic attack.
When asked about one of her least favorite questions to answer in interviews, Emmy Rossum without hesitation stated that it was about nudity.
“Cause I think it’s so boring, and like—who cares? … There’s so much more important things about the show than the fact that I show my boobs. Like who cares?” – Emmy Rossum
I couldn’t agree more. Herein lies one of the many important aspects of Shameless as a show; it continues to smash false taboos while still maintaining an ironic sense of integrity in such outlandish circumstances. As much as it would seem that Shameless gives us situations so out of the norm and teetering on insanity, it also helps to puts them into perspective. With a show that shines a light on poverty, addiction, sexual and physical abuse, and social injustice—it’s hard to justify focusing on the sight of bare breasts. And if this is such an offense, or so particularly fascinating, maybe we should start censoring our own showers and make sure to keep a blindfold on during sex. We wouldn’t want to alarm ourselves.
“What is the big deal about nudity? I just don’t get it. It’s not violence, it’s not offensive to anyone. I don’t get it; it’s the human body. We’re all born naked.” – Emmy Rossum
Emmy isn’t the only one who has something to say about our hierarchy of reining qualities in the characters on the show. Having brought us such beautifully intricate and raw characters, one could ask a thousand unanswerable and multi opinioned questions. For example—
One could ask Emma Greenwell what it’s like to play a character with darker colored hair, or what it’s like for Cameron Monaghan to play a gay character.
Oh I’m sorry are those not the same?
Ok—don’t get me wrong. I fully understand and respect the importance and gravity of showcasing a character who is gay on television. It has been a fantastic step forward, especially in regards to the care that Shameless has taken to make characters such as Ian and Mickey apart of, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful, raw, and greatest love stories ever told. But here is where I find myself differing just a tad.
They are not interesting and profound characters because they’re gay. There are so many other qualities going into creating such accurate representations of people that we can relate to so strongly, that focusing solely on their sexuality is a disservice not only to the characters themselves, but people as a whole. We are not machines made to be showcased for only one bolt.
“Ian is a complex guy. It’s less important to think about his sexuality and more important to think about the emotion and stress that he’s going through.” – Cameron Monaghan
Cameron Monaghan himself has stated that Ian’s sexuality is not the main focus for him. I have never been so happy to hear him state that he even forgets sometimes that Ian is gay.
“Well you know it’s funny that the fact that Ian is gay comes up so often in interviews because I actually forget a lot of the times that he’s gay. It’s so not important to me.” – Cameron Monaghan
The more that we continue to isolate sexuality as a defining factor in the makeup of who we are, the further we continue to stay isolated. If our ultimate goal is to make it a non-issue, then Shameless is continuing its trend as a pioneer for a new and unique type of television. One that allows for nudity in the most everyday sense; one that shows that people are not defined by who they fall in love with. After all, Kev already said what we’re all thinking.
“No one gives a shit who you bang.”
Tags: Cameron Monaghan, Emmy Rossum, Fiona Gallagher, gay, Ian Gallagher, nudity, shameless
Kasara currently resides in Los Angeles where she spends most of her time watching Shameless, listening to Fall Out Boy and drinking wine. While trying to pursue a career in acting, she is also an avid writer. You're most likely to find her walking around with a coffee in hand and wondering why they still haven't made a candle with the scent of 'blown out candle'.
I only have one thing to say about it.
Just hand over all the awards to Peter Dinklage already.
Gah, I love this show, it's television at its best.
(bm_shipper, you once asked me who I'd pay any amount to meet at a con. The answer is Peter Dinklage. He's such an amazing actor and I've been a fan of his since *way* before Game of Thrones has skyrocketed his career).
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On the other hand, that's what makes this show so brilliant...it's crazy, and so far fetched at times, you just need to go along with it.
I can't wait to see how things are wrapped up (or *will* they be all wrapped up?) in the final two episodes.
Wow. I seriously have no words as to how amazing this film is.
All the awards to Mark Ruffalo for his AMAZING performance. Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch and Alfred Molina were also incredible.
Matt Bomer? I was stunned when he appeared onscreen after the weight loss he did for his role. He was brilliant.
I am in awe with everything about this film.
I'm still wiping away the tears.
Movies and tv shows never scare me or creep me out...but REAL LIFE potential dangers? THEY ARE THE SCARY THINGS TO ME.
The aftermath: (or: "How my hometown makes it on CNN!")
The article is titled "The Best-Written Gay Couple on Television Is Hiding on a Guilty-Pleasure Show"
Although I wouldn't call Shameless a guilty pleasure show...it's just a very good show!!
I usually don't like to complain about health issues. (I really don't have any that affect my life on a daily basis anyway).
But yesterday morning I did something stupid. Poked myself in the eye when putting in my contact lens. D'oh!
I conveniently had an appointment with my primary doctor last night (the usual 3 month blood pressure check) so of course I told her about my eye - not that she couldn't see how swollen my eyelid is plus the fact that I was wearing my glasses and not my contacts.
Bottom line, there's a small tear on my cornea. Great. She gave me a prescription for eye drops and wants me to call the ophthalmologist in the same medical building.
Which is fine. But I wanted to call my optometrist and let him know what is going on. The receptionist asked if I wanted Dr. Rowe to look at it so I thought sure why not. He's been my optometrist for almost 20 years and he's awesome.
Guess I'll make the appointment with the ophthalmologist after I see Dr. Rowe this afternoon. In the meantime, I have to wear my glasses all the time. Which is annoying. When you aren't used to something on your face all day, it's something to get used to. And the vision perspective is SO MUCH BETTER with my contacts than my glasses. But, I don't have a choice.
So I hope this is all my bad luck for the year and the rest of 2014 will be gravy.
One can hope, right?
The weather has been nice this weekend and has improved my mood GREATLY!
The book: I spent a few hours on Friday night and a few yesterday afternoon reading Ball and Chain by Abigail Roux. Book 8 in the Cut and Run series. This series of books (and t's related Sidewinder series) are books that I drop everything else I'm doing and read. I am so in love with these characters it isn't funny. This book was a really fun read, quite the whodunit, and I thoroughly enjoy it! Book two in the Sidewinder series is out in June (yes, I already have it pre ordered), and who knows when Book 9 in the Cut & Run series will be written (I believe it's the final book which makes me sad, but then again Ty and Zane have been through enough! It's time for their happy ending!).
The movie: This morning I went and saw 300 Rise of an Empire. I really liked it. I love the mix of CGI and live action -- it was just like the first 300 movie. And the first film is very much a part of this movie, too. Oh and watching Sullivan Stapleton on the big screen wasn't hard to take, either. Yep, will get the Blu Ray when it's out.
The concert: Apparently Rachel and I ARE going to the 30 Seconds to Mars concert this summer (it's not until August 13). Someone else is getting us tickets, (but he's totally reliable, so I'm not worried). The local rock stations are making a big deal of this tour because 30STM is touring with Linkin Park. But you know what? Rachel and I are SO NOT interested in LP, so we'll leave after 30STM has their set. I also hope we get to meet Jared, Shannon and Tomo again!!!! So I'm excited about this! Since out of all the concerts announced so far, this is the only one I'm interested in attending...and now I am! YAY!
Okay, going to go back to the book I was reading before Ball and Chain arrived in the mail on Friday (this book is Possesion by J.R. Ward) and continue with that.
At least until 9:00 when The Walking Dead is on! Sundays at 9:00 is my NOBODY BETTER BOTHER ME time. LOL!
The song is called "Ordinary Love" and it's absolutely beautiful (at least I think so).
And Tyler Joseph rocks the ukulele!
This is Twenty One Pilots with "House of Gold"
And next week!! Finally we see Katrina Law!!
okay, back to my regularly scheduled life.
Here's Billy Joel with "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
This is "Dig" by Incubus.
"Little Black Submarines" by The Black Keys
"The World I Know" by Collective Soul