Twitter Is Calling Out Movie Posters That Cut Off Women’s Heads

Is this another example of sexism in Hollywood?


Hollywood has a problem with how it treats women, whether it is paying actresses less than men, sexually harassing them or digitally cutting off their heads in movie posters.

The latter is now getting called out online with the Twitter account HeadlessWomenHlywood, run by comedian Marcia Belsky.

She rounds up all the movie posters, TV advertisements and so on that feature women’s bodies, typically draped over male lead characters, with their heads cropped out for intended stylistic and humorous effect. You probably didn’t realize how often you see it until browsing through Belsky’s feed.

“It’s a great time to be a female body part in Hollywood!” reads the bio of the Twitter account, which features posters from movies like Hot Tub Time Machine and Hall Pass starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as well as TV shows like Beauty and the Geek on the WB.

You might expect this from cheesy B-movies and reality TV shows from the 2000s, like the ones above, but the trope dates back to the ’80s. Here are some guilty classics we found:

(Photo: 20th Century Fox)
(Photo: 20th Century Fox)
(Photo: Embassy Pictures)
(Photo: Jensen Farley Pictures)
(Photo: Columbia Pictures)
(Photo: Embassy Pictures)
(Photo: MGM Studios)
(Photo: Palisades Pictures)
(Photo: Columbia Pictures)
(Photo: Cardinal Entertainment)

Marcia Belsky has received an outpouring of outrage on Twitter, mostly dudes telling her to take a joke and not make a big deal out of nothing. She has repeatedly defended on the project on her personal account.

Now tell us the last time you saw women ogling a shirtless, headless man on a movie poster. We’ll wait…

h/t AV Club