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February 26, 2012

Condom Quickie: Zac Efron on the Red Carpet

Zac Efron recently had an embarrassing red carpet moment at the premiere of his new movie The Lorax. He reached into his pocket to get something to hand to his publicist, and in the process he accidentally dropped a condom onto the carpet.

This is like one of those goofy Cosmo Confessions stories come to life. (Or the 'a tampon fell out of my backpack right in front of my crush!' stories from our teen years.) It's kinda hard to believe that it actually happened.

The incident has been largely dismissed as just a random funny embarrassing moment. Most of the comments we've seen have been along the lines of 'haha, at least he's being safe!' and 'guess he's not in high school anymore'. But we have to wonder what the reaction would have been like if this had happened to a young female star. Can you imagine if Miley Cyrus or Vanessa Hudgens had done this? I feel like we'd be seeing a lot more stuff like 'why is she even carrying condoms?' and 'who is she trying to hook up with at the premiere of a kids movie?' and 'she's a Disney star, what kind of message does this send to her young fans?'

What do you think? Do you think the reaction would have been the same if this had happened to a young woman like Miley or Vanessa, or would there have been a lot more pearl-clutching and slut-shaming going on?


Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

Sadly I think there would have been an uproar.. Especially if it was someone who is not publicly "with" any particular person. Selena Gomez, for example, might not get the same shit as someone like Miley Cyrus, since Gomez is in a well-publicized relationship.

Jennifer said...

Good question. I think it would probably depend on the media that was covering it. That said the media that would glom onto the negative side of a story like that for some reason have a really big voice. It's really a shame that an uproar would be a reality. The fact is it's a reflection of a really immature society. I think the saving grace though is that the more buffoonery that goes on towards women in that regard the greater the catalyst for change will be. The bar is always moving on the equality front, and it seems parity around sexuality is the task of the day.

Pharmakeus Ubik said...

Unfortunately I think you are right, Yandie. I would prefer to think that if Miley Cyrus or Vanessa Hudgens had done this, people would think "Oh! There really IS life after Disney." but we know that is wishful thinking. Only the gals are held to this standard. What would happen if the Hansens had done this?