Creepy Old Lady Ellen DeGeneres Forces Ingenue To Strip As Audience Whoops And Cackles
So Alex Pettyfer stopped by Ellen this week to promote his movie, I Am Number Four, and the poor guy got badgered into taking off his shirt for his troubles. Now while I'm sure it was all in good fun and discussed to death beforehand by Ellen, her producers and Alex's management, the poor guy looked mortified while he was doing such a creepy stunt. So, let's try a little thought experiment shall we?
First, take a look at the original clip, particular around 0.52 and later, 2.52.
Now, instead of Alex Pettyfer and Ellen DeGeneres, let's pretend the exact same exchange took part between, oh, Alex's co-star, Dianna Agron and George Lopez
George Lopez: "I've seen a lot of pictures, and I didn't think you'd be wearing [so much clothes] There are about 9,000 pictures of you not wearing [much].
Images of scantily-clad Dianna flash on screen. The predominantly male audience screams and catcalls after each one.
Lopez: "If you want to, it's known in the talk show business that the guest will take their shirt off."
Later in the interview, George offers Dianna a "I [heart] George Lopez" tshirt
Lopez: "I have a tshirt you can wear."
Dianna removes her jacket but George gestures to her blouse as the men in the audience hoot and holler.
Lopez: I'll just wait while you take that off.
Dianna morosely removes her blouse, leaving her in a bra. She moves to put on the tshirt, but George "playfully" yanks it away, all while the audience laughs and yells in horny triumph.
And, scene. Like I said, I know it was meant to be in good fun and obviously Ellen is a gigantically lesbian lady so she got no particular sexual frisson from it, but the whole thing just struck me as supremely creepy. A doe-eyed ingenue is made to strip in front of a leering host and her cackling audience. I imagine it'd be pretty roundly condemned if it happened as I wrote it above, so why does Ellen get a free pass?