My name is Gwyneth Paltrow. I live in a castle and give people condescending advice about how to live their lives. Here is my vagina.
Why do you have to tempt me while I’m at work?
Serious question: is this NSFW? I haven’t clicked on the link. If it is a literal upskirt, someone please let me know. If it is a SFW joke, please let me know.
You have to click through a few time to get to the NSFW version. Not that I did that.
I refuse to jump through hoops to see her lorry.
Me neither! Though I don’t know why you are complaining about only two clicks.
The link leads to a picture of Gwyneth Paltrow exiting a car with a picture of a star covering Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina. If one feels inclined to click through, one has the option of viewing the aforementioned picture without the star, seeing Gwyneth Paltrow’s partially exposed vagina. I know this because I have seen Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina.
Correction: The star IS her vagina.
“You’re vagina’s a star!” — Enthusiastic agent
“My apostrophe’s ar’e everywh’ere!” — Enthusiastic agent
You mean you’ve seen the skin next to her vagina? I mean come on, she’s wearing panties. Not that I particularly WANT to see Gwyneth’s Paltr-hole, but I don’t see how this is all that salacious given that it shows nothing that a bikini wouldn’t.
this “starman” fella is exactly right. just a pantied crotch. I got my hopes up for nothing. DAY RUINED! I’m sure “these guys” (starving third world kids) know exactly what I’m talking about
oh, like you’ve never seen the Sarlacc
I’m looking down the hole, you’re looking up at me
You’re cold and tired, that is easy to see
the downvote crew are keeping it super real today.
This comment works better if you play Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” behind it:
Come on! Why are we downvoting “O Fortuna”?
I’m surprised I haven’t seen sad Keanu ‘shopped in there yet.
Is it possible for me to downvote this entire post?
I have to agree.
I also agree.
I would upvote this post from multiple computers to off set you uptight cry babies but as I mentioned earlier there was no vag so its not worth it
I don’t think it’s terribly self righteous to not want to sexually humiliate and objectify someone. Even if they are, god forbid, unlikable. Go to bed, this post. Or go somewhere where there’s no sex. Go to my bed.
OR go to the champagne room, this post.
Yeah, not so into “CELEBRITY HAS BODY!” posts.
More agreement over here.
It’s good that everyone is approaching this with the appropriate level of seriousness.
Appropriate level of seriousness? Again? You got it.
(When this post gets 85 upvotes again and I’m left out of Monster’s Ball because of the gif rule, I will, of course handle it with the appropriate level of seriousness.)
It’s creepy. This obsession.
but it’s also hilarious, this riot.
Remember when she was on Conan and she slathered her legs with i can’t believe it’s not butter? Gabe through his hate-hate probably thought she did this on purpose too.
I best note that was meant to say “hate-haze”. Not to bewilder everyone for hours trying to figure out the context of this whoopi goldberg meme.
Oh, Gabe, I thought you were above this.
Did you two have a lover’s quarrel? Is this your way of getting revenge?
I enjoy “what Gwyneth Paltrow does is ridiculous.” I don’t enjoy “gawking at her ladypartspants.” Unless she shouted “TAKE THAT GABE” at the time the photograph was taken, this repost is beyond the pale.
Yeah this is kind of gross. I mean, I know Gabe is 1,000 years old, but does he have to act like he’s 1,000? All lecherous and weird and don’t be in the same room as him?
Easy guys, you’re going to make Gabe feel bad about making any future Gwyneth Paltrow posts.
And we all know how much we enjoy their seething primal hate combined with moral superiority. It’s like we get to be the worst and the best at the same time.
I have 2 thoughts on this post.
1. It is in poor taste.
2. I am not above this.
I thought I was above this, but I still clicked on the link. Having ceded the moral high ground, I will still say that I think the inclusion of this post on Videogum means that for Gabe to characterize Gwyneth Paltrow as “The Worst” based largely on her own blog’s content is hypocritical at best . Especially since lack of perspective and self awareness are her greatest flaws.
What a weird looking smile.
“Now I know all the ladies can agree with me when I say that we love the feeling of security that goes along with wearing underwear, but we HATE the panty lines! I have found the most amazing brand of invisible underwear that solves both of those problems. They’re from this little boutique I found in London and they’re called Not Even Underwear ($30000)! Isn’t that cute? I heard that Burberry is also developing their own line of them at more affordable prices (~$10000). I can’t wait for Not Even Underwear to catch on in the States!”
That Gwyneth Paltrow impression was spot-on. I can’t tell if you copy-and-pasted that from a Goop letter or not. Could have used a little more castles made out of champagne, though.
“This is my vagina. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My vagina is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my vagina is useless. Without my vagina, I am useless.” -Full Paltrow Upskirt
Gwyneth, I can totally see your goop.
god, even her vag has that self-satisfied smirk.
Fuck you, Gabe.
Wow. The tides downvotes really turned on this one.
I stand by my original sentiment.
This would have been better if it were a joke.
that was actually disappointing because its just panties, no roast beef curtains.
You have a strange definition of “disappointing.”
I like pussy. Can I sue Gabe for getting my hopes up that I would get to see some vag but instead only got to see panties? that is false advertising
Winwood, do you know that there is porn on the internet? And generally (I hope) the women in it have consented to being seen naked by strangers. Or is it less fun if the women consent?
*shudder* “Roast beef curtains…”
Gotta celebrate it
Yuck. You have now turned me off from both roast beef AND curtains. Tomorrow night, I’m going to have chicken for dinner, and the neighbors are going to watch.
I wish I had more upvotes to give. The laughs I got out of this were worthy of a million upvotes.
Wait, why is this a post on videogum?
Seriously, I thought I refreshed and accidentally landed on Perezhilton.com.
you people need to lighten up.
but seriously we should sue gabe for being all like “there will be vagina” when in fact there was none to be seen just pantied crotch. yawn
Steve WINWOOD, et al. v. Gabriel DELAHAYE, an agent of VIDEOGUM Corp., a subsidiary of STEREOGUM MEDIA, LLC., and Gwenyth PALTROW.
Plaintiff Winwood presents this litigation in his capacity as shareholder and customer of Defendant Videogum. Plaintiff contents that Defendant Delahaye, acting in his capacity as an agent of Defendant Videogum, breached a written contract to provide Plaintiff Winwood with requested photograhs of the vaginal area of Defedant Paltrow. Plaintiff Winwood claims that requested photographs were not provided as requested and dictated in said oral contract. Plaintiff Winwood further alleges that by offering said photographs, Delahaye falsely claimed that he had obtained visual images of the desired beef curtains.
Honorable MANS, CJ., writing for the opinion of the court…
I think it’s on Videogum because it is something awful and embarrassing that has happened to Gwyneth Paltrow. That kind of news being relevant to Videogum, and the people who read it regularly, should come as no surprise.
I was going to be all “ha ha whaaaat?” but I actually feel more “Seriously, what?”
Not to be all Seriousgum (NTBAS), but, uh, yeah. Are we….ironically looking at an upskirt photograph of Gwyneth Paltrow? Are we just going to all look at upskirt photos of everyone now, or have we decided to just look at the upskirt photos of people that we find sort of insufferable?
It just seems really weird, and frankly as someone who really likes this blog and likes the community here it makes me feel like a weird dude who looks at peoples crotches as some sort of sexual punishment.
Also I saw this yesterday on Fleshbot.
My friend knows I hate Gwyneth Paltrow so she posted it on my Facebook wall yesterday. I only clicked out of morbid curiosity. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
Not that I wanted to see Paltrow ladyparts. Not my taste in ladies [I prefer people who are not incredibly self-satisfied rich assholes.]
Very Cunt-ry Strong.
It’s all a prank.
The reaction to this post has been overwhelmingly negative. A little moralistic for my taste, but fair enough. Worse than all the hand-wringing, though, will be the obligatory introspective post that Gabe writes whenever he realizes he may have crossed a line because a bunch of commenters flipped their shit about it.
I humbly request that we all let this go and get back to the fun. I’m sure Steve will agree, friends.
“Can’t you just get over your objections to the misogynistic and sexually degrading jokes that we are making about women. They are in good fun. You are just too uptight.” –Videogum Comments
“No, I can’t. Sorry.” –Me
Not #changingthesubjectgum, but Mans, the library pictures on your tumblr got me so much more excited than anything Gwyneth related. I think I want to be Karl Lagerfeld’s friend now.
THEN, I realized it wasn’t yours, but a link I followed off yours. #sorrygum!
No problem! I’m happy that I could help lead you to some happiness.
Thanks, but my Tumblr doesn’t have any pictures on it. I think you are thinking of another blog. But thank you. I’ll always take a compliment.
Thanks! I’ve read some of the writing on your tumblr and liked that too. I’m just a confused person.
I’m not saying that there’s no reason to be upset/annoyed/disappointed by this post. There is.
But it should be looked at in the context of Gabe’s history of being understanding of and acknowledging the plight of the oppressed and underprivileged (women, various minority groups, etc.) on a very regular basis on this blog. He’s very understands his white male privilege and is clearly one of the good guys. My point is that he went over the line, people have made their feelings known, now move the hell on.
By all means be upset, but by all means do get over it at some point.
“Because Gabe knows that he has white male privilege and things like how sexuality has been held against women and their bodies have been made into evil or embarrassing objects, that means that he can do the same stuff those men who are purposely vengeful and oppressive do, like try to humiliate a woman he doesn’t like by exposing and objectifying her body.”
Nope. Not what I said. I said that it’s fair to be upset, but to have some perspective on the degree of the offense and move forward.
Yeah, it won’t let me reply to the other comment, but that’s what I tried to say. If Sarah Palin (haha, WHAT A PERFECT COMPARISON) says something that offends me, I won’t bother trying to change her mind. If it’s someone who’s usually ok with these things, I actually feel the *extra* need to complain, because they should know better.
I agree and disagree. When someone says/does something offensive, yeah, it’s nice to take in consideration that person’s history with that kind of thing. Gabe is, usually, very conscious of these things! To the point where certain commenters are annoyed because how dare he point out that rich people have it easier than poor people GASP SHOCK GASP. But that doesn’t make that one act any less offensive.
And no, Videogum is not my “moral compass”, but linking upskirt shots is pretty fucking shady to say the least.
Right, you should take who is saying something into consideration, but if it still ends up that they crossed the line, giving them a pass is a terrible move, as it lets others see the offense as okay, and it lets the person committing the offense forget that they have a line to be awares of.
Why the fuck is this downvoted? Ptsmith was being very calm and reasonable.
Napoleon, I pretty much always get downvoted when I have an opinion. It is swell and it is tiring. I know I’m not always the most tactful, but really, I don’t care to be when the other side is being offensive and will continue to willfully be so.
Mans, I didn’t completely agree with you on the 70% chances of rape post, because I thought the post itself was just fine, and although some comments crossed the line, they were mostly from people who cross that line a lot. But I just wanted to say this comment right here. Yeah. I’m 100% behind you, and TWSS.
Yeah god Montsers get over it. some woman got sexually harassed by having a stranger purposely take a picture up her skirt and then sell it for profit so lots of other morons could look at her underwear without her permission. We don’t like her so who cares about consent.
“We don’t like her so who cares about consent.” Wait, what?
Oh shit. You were being sarcastic. Sorry, redacted. Have an upvote for my shame.
I don’t want to pick on you, R2D2, or any commenter, but here are a few things that are frankly fucking ridiculous:
1) Upskirt photography existing.
2) Upskirt photography getting posted to this blog, which is usually not a total cesspool.
3) The idea that anyone’s frivolous hatred of Gwyneth Paltrow justifies treating her this way (laughing about this, objectifying her, making jokes that reduce her to a cunt–the body part, not the misogynistic insult).
4) Telling people to lighten up when they point out that something is fucked up. What is so terrible about people saying “this is the worst” if they think this is the worst?
5) Calling objections moralistic when they are just moral.
This list is by no means exhaustive.
Thanks for the folks who are less lazy than I and who are explaining why this is uncomfortable. Let me add the creep factor of Gabe expressing his random dislike of a celebrity with sexual harassment. There is a long history of terribleness there that I didn’t think Gabe would take part in, but well.
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Everyone is being very reactionary. We only find shame in our naked bodies due to puritanical beliefs ingrained in our culture. On that same note it is ridiculous to assume Gabe’s posting of a link will prop up the “Upskirt industry”.
Yes this photo and perhaps this post were in bad taste. Get over it or go read more Jezebel and stop by Cute Overload if you can’t. Videogum is for comedy, and in comedy there is nothing off-limits. I fail to see the humor is the post itself, but the first group of comments before this tirade was pretty decent for a few laughs.
I don’t think joking about this supports upskirt paparazzi either. Women having vaginas they want to see without permission is enough for them I bet.
Gabe, prob not a good idea to post this in videogum as it has nothing to do with Videos, Gum, or Comedy.
Monsters, calm down and have a juice box.
Kinda feel like I reacted poorly too. Also need to note I in no way support upskirt photos or the paparazzi in general.
One million times, this.
Upskirt photography is a thing that happens to LOTS of women–not just celebrities. I caught an asshole on the subway trying to take a picture of my vagina once. And as much as I dislike Gwyneth Paltrow as a celebrity, when I actual take a second to empathize with Gwyneth Paltrow as a person I recall how humiliating and disturbing my own experience with upskirt photography was. And then I want to scream and throw things.
This is about sexually humiliating a person who hasn’t consented to it. And fuck anyone who tells me to “get some perspective.” Because this shit is traumatizing when it happens to you personally.
Hear, hear, blergh.
Nothing so terrible should happen to an otter as cute as you.
Downvotes? Really? Look at your life. Look at your choices.
Heh, don’t fear the downvotes. I’m getting a bit of hate for saying what amounts to: “I feel empathy for another human and experienced trauma from an assault,” so I think people are just feeling a bit testy today. Nap time!
God, just shut up Napoleon Complex!
*Gasp* the c-word!
“Sorry, dude. You were Baby Pranked.” -Gabe
PS. This is a blog; a BLOG(!), lampooning pop culture and celebrities. If you’re going to start the politically correct internet revolution, I would recommend moving to bigger and more meaningful targets than Videogum. Perhaps, you might want to take on Tucker Max, or any number of internet porn sites that maliciously objectify and humiliate women. I’m sure that Gabe will quell this and we can all go on to wasting our time watching some jackass dance with his dog, white people rapping poorly, finding out what’s up with Topher Grace, and all of the other nonsense that this BLOG feeds you. Sorry, Dude!
I’m not gay so I don’t have anything negative to say about Gwyneth Paltrow’s crotch picture. I did however like what Jim Norton said about Britney Spears’ crotch picture: “Her vagina looked like Bill Murray’s mouth in Caddyshack.”
You’re not gay? Then what’s with those Doritos you’ve been trying to sell me?!
Stay classy, Videogum!
Seriously though, give the girl a break.
Is it because I misused a comma? I’M ONLY HUMAN!
I ‘Mad Glibbed’ my comment for this post.
It has come to my Perfect Murder that you are the Worstest boy in the Iron Man. My Crotch starts Sliding a Door every time you speak. I would like to Bounce if you want to go to the Anniversary Party with me next Friday. If you Search please Run me at the Jefferson In Paris in 1,000 Years. I Loved you and everything about you.
Editor’s Choice, right here. I REPEAT: IT’S RIGHT HERE.
Don’t enhance. DON’T ENHANCE.
I never knew why there was so much hate on Paltrow until last week. I read some of Videogum’s old posts and then I sort of got it. There is a point to be made that these getting out of a limo shots are all publicity stunts. I mean what’s the advantage of not wearing underwear to a place where you know you will be photographed? That being said, I would have loved to read some commentary on that, instead of just another linked advertisement for it. This came off very Mean Girls.
Either way, I can’t wait for next week’s Jeff Dunham’s sex tape.
Way to Not Read the Whole Post, Jackass, she was wearing underwear
What’s the point?
LOL You people claim to be humorous making jokes on a blog and yet have NO Concept of how humor, irony, metahumor, etc, actually work. This may be pretty much the end for me.
Please explain what is humor, irony, and metahumor then.
Remember the ridiculous dust-up over a video NO One wanted to watch, yet universally Derided Gabe for?
When the Hive decided to come to a “Moral” Conclusion that those who watched it or posted it were wrong (Because Gabe Said So, except, wait, Gabe Kind of Brought it to MY Attention since before that Point I didn’t know it existed)?
Yeah, Referencing that.
Chris didn’t look at the picture, obvs, bc he didnt want to.
I did. I saw that Gwynnie Had Panties on. Completely the OPPOSITE of what Chris was asserting in his comment. So I made a Joke Referencing Events on this Blog’s Comment Post. Meta.
Your understanding of meta is poor…
Can I just say how much I hate when someone says “You people”. It really doesn’t matter what they say after that because it is SO condescending that I don’t bother reading the rest. #petpeves
@pt, If he is making a comment that comments on the nature of comments inside of the context about which it is commenting, which is his claim, then he is making a meta-comment. Some people here have expressed displeasure at the use of the prefix “meta” as a standalone word, but he did not use it incorrectly.
No, godsauce, that’s really not meta. That’s like claiming that two people talking later about a conversation they had a while back is meta. It’s not, it’s simply talking.
This Almost Makes up For Sunday’s Crushing Defeats.
Also, is it fitting that her whole area down there is just very nice, especially given the whole having kids thing? Yeah she’s rich yada yada but I know women with no kids whose areas need serious work in comparison to Ms Paltrow’s. (Don’t Ask)
Also, Kind of An Interesting turn for her; all of the Gwynnie Basher’s will either soften in the face of this… image, maybe give her a break OR they will all say “HAHA You Bitch, a Vagina UpSkirt Shot while you’re Drunk Should Take You Down a Peg.”
For The Gwynnie Lovers they’re all “OHH PRIVACY” and also “Ohhh Yeaahhhhhh….”
Seriously though, this is another instance where if Gabe hadn’t pointed it out, i wouldn’t have seen it because I don’t actively search for A: Upskirt Pics and B: Gwyneth Paltrow.
“whose areas need serious work”?
PT, Go Fuck Yourself, Seriously. Troll someone else.
Your understanding of troll is poor also.
nah, it seems like you enjoy going out of your way to fuck with people who have no interest in hearing what you have to say.
They make a comment, you reply to Them. Repeatedly. And then Downvote every comment of the person with whom you disagree that you can find. Ergo, Troll.
Just to be fluffy, because it seems like I only ever comment to be bitchy, I’m really liking the cut of your jib today, PT.
You are responding to me, which expresses some level of interest. The only time I respond to people repeatedly is when they are actually involved in the exchange.
I don’t go downvote every comment of anybody. I really, really, don’t spend that much time by my computer. When I do downvote, 90% of the time I respond also. That 10% is when someone else has already responded better than I could. Overall, I rarely downvote, but upvote tons.
So, stretching my theme a little, I think I can say you have a poor understanding of ergo.
You guys, I’m worried about DS3M.
I say this with respect and acknowledgment that I don’t know you outside of your comments here but as a total internet stranger, but just relax. Nearly every time you comment here lately, it’s like you have some epic meltdown and announce your “retirement” from Videogum (Which is, boiled down, a pop-culture blog. On the Internet.)
Again, I don’t know you personally. The internet is the internet and will always be the internet as long as there is an internet. In fifty years, kids will go on shooting sprees with plasma guns because someone telepathically downvoted their MindTweet about a thought on someone’s Subconscious.net they were following. The more immediate and constant the communication, the greater the likelihood of negative feedback and exposure to ideas not conducive to your own. If you put yourself out there and aren’t universally accepted, it can anger up the blood.
I truly hope this doesn’t come off as condescending, but calm down. For the most part, Videogum is what we all wax philosophical about: hilarious, thoughtful, perceptive. What I loved about this post is the incongruity of it. “Haha, upskirt pics on Videogum?!” – Me. That’s all. I didn’t look for misogyny. I didn’t look for sexism. I didn’t see it. I didn’t get pissed when I saw a string of six million comments crying misogyny or sexism. You need distance. You need perspective. If every interaction on the internet carried emotional weight, the white collar work force would commit unorganized mass suicide. Daily.
I don’t even know what I’m talking about anymore so let me just say, “Who Cares?” Come to Videogum! Comment on a trampoline accident! Hell, even downvote a post that you don’t like! That’s what the internet should be. What it shouldn’t be is the vast majority of this comment section.
That One, PT, All of us -
You guys need to recognize that the internet and real life are two different things. When I say shit like I retire, its because that’s what I say. And if you want to take it literally, downvote or ignore, as often do. But don’t sit here and try to psychoanalyze me through some blog comments. And yeah, I quit, Im back, i quit again, I quit again, i quit again. Deal with it?
I don’t know, the dude saying “I know women with no kids whose areas need serious work in comparison to Ms Paltrow’s” would be the Troll, because Perez Hilton is that way ——————–(…)—–(…)—->> But whatever, you’re the regular, I’m just a lurker. Be disgusting then accuse people of not getting humor all you want, if this is your Crusade of the Day. In fact, let’s all share stories of totally gross vulvas we’ve seen in our time, am I right, you guys? Me first. BARFS.
Yuck, women’s bodies are THE WORST!
I can’t stand her face. Why would I want to see pictures of her bottom-face?
But seriously, et tu ‘Gum? You are better than this.
Is it? I am less surprised by this than I would have been a few months ago. I feel like since the New Year Gabe has been trending towards a different type of being an asshole than he was before, i.e., not the funny, actually sort of nice, kind.
I feel like there is a way to do humor (“meta-humor”) as was said, about this stupid trend, but this isn’t it.
For example: The Wikileaks sketch on SNL where Joe Biden submits a similar article of Hilary, then turns the camera on himself saying “You just got Biden’d”
I’m open to disagreement, but I felt as though that sketch sucessfully de-sexualized and de-shamed the trend by showing its ridiculous nature, and also by revealing the observing subject’s weakness/perspective.
Here all we see is a humiliated Object. (I mean that in the Hegelian sense, but it stands in the “objectification of women” sense too)
Oh, now, I wouldn’t go that far. One vagina post does not an asshole make. I haven’t noticed any trend, and I still <3 Vgum and Gabe. I think this is a stray post that wandered into Ugh Town.
I think I worded poorly. This post is stray and a wander into Ugh Town, but I just feel like in retrospect it is less surprising than it would have been a while back, because Gabe has generally been spending some more time in the neighboring township.
I sense a reset button thread coming.
both accurate and without malice. bravo.
I think a lot of people also forgot about the context of this joke, you know, for the forest of vaginas. I mean, people in castles don’t have vaginas is the point.
“Those who live in stone castles shouldn’t throw vaginas…”
I thought it was funny.
Slapping on a link and a couple sentences is hardly a post. Calm down everybody. Videogum doesn’t have to be your moral compass.
Clicking on that link is a choice. Visiting Videogum is a choice. If you don’t want to see/click on/read something, you don’t have to. Are upskirts tasteless? Sure. Other than that, what’s left to say? This is a throw away post comprised of three sentences and it’s very straight-forward. Moving on…
Is everyone making too big a fuss about this? Possibly. But there are two things I know! These are the only two things I know:
1) Telling angry people on the internet to “move on”: HAHAHAHAHA. It… it doesn’t work like that.
2) It’s great that some people weren’t offended, but others were, and I think both viewpoints have their validity and telling anyone, from either side, to “calm down and move on” it’s a bit too dismissive.
Now I gotta go put on my cape and save the world from misogyny.
I didn’t say, “MOVE ON, PEOPLE.” I myself said ‘moving on…’ as in, I’m all done here.
Why would I ever dream of telling a bunch of people on the internet what to do? You’re on the rampage, omelette, but you’re barking up the wrong tree here.
I’m not actually on a rampage. Haha. I’m taking a break from work, believe it or not. I wasn’t even arguing with you, sorry if it came off that way. I was aiming for lighthearted, which just shows how good my aim is. (Or maybe you’re just super-sensible oh ooops I’m rampaging again!) I even added that last sentence to show how seriously I’m actually taking this entire thing (I live in a country where nearly 900 people have died in the past week, so, uh, yeah). This whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way. The post I could live with, the dismissive comments just added to a whole bunch of Thoughts and Feelings I’ve been having over Videogum whenever I actually read the comments here these days. I’ll go out for beers soon and forget Gwyneth Paltrow even has a vulva. Have a good day, and I don’t mean that sarcastically.
You came off as combative to me because you misinterpreted what I said then argued a standpoint I did not make. Going “HAHAHAHAHA. It… doesn’t work like that” comes off as combative to me (as well as condescending). I also never told anyone to “calm down and move on.” I didn’t tell anyone to do ANYTHING. I just gave people an out if they wanted one.
Forgive me if I inaccurately characterized your commenting on this thread as a ‘rampage.’ You’re comments can be found all up and down it, trying to ‘whack all the moles’, as it were. It looked like a rampage to me.
It’s just weird because you seem more combative than I do? And I don’t think I’m the person with the most comments in this thread? I don’t know, maybe I am. This topic interests me. I stuck around. Big deal?
To clarify AGAIN, I wasn’t arguing with you. Ever. My HAHAHA wasn’t me laughing at you. Yeah, I misinterpreted what you meant by “move on”, but I was never trying to “whack you”. I thought disagreement-with-joking-asides was the Videogum way, but eh. You said you were out of the thread. I just have a problem with being misunderstood, but what can you do. Let me go whack some more moles with my wildly angry lifestyle. Love me a rampage. I really wasn’t being sarcastic when I told you to have a good day.
I’m in this camp. Regardless of how you feel about this post, The entire argument of “I come to Videogum to get away from all of the bad stuff on the internet” puts completely undue pressure on Videogum to live up to whatever lofty expectations readers place on it. Are you going to like every post that is ever put up here, be it on moral grounds or just because it’s not that interesting to you? Probably not. And you have a right to not like this post.
But to start completely shitting on a website that you obviously really like (as evidence by the fact that so many people are disappointed with this post and are saying things like “I thought you were above this”, etc.) seems kind of silly. Guess what? A lot of people read this site, and a they all have varied interests and opinions so not every post is going to appeal to everyone. Just don’t click the link. Read the next article. If you don’t like that one, skip it too. Or if you are truly offended, stop coming to the site. But please don’t try to tear down the whole site based on one post. Gabe isn’t your personal internet vetter. He is a blogger and he posts what he thinks/hopes we will find funny, and it seems he has a pretty high success rate. Once in a while he may miss in your opinion. That is bound to happen once in a while.
Oh yeah! Well you smell just like Adolf Hitler!
I don’t get it.
Don’t stress about. You probably just use the same deodorant.
I’m sure whatever I wrote probably deserved a comparison to the murderer of millions. Thanks, Godsauce. Stay classy.
The comment was meant to be taken as irony. I was replying to your generally reasonable comment with a ridiculously unreasonable and illogical one as a jokey meta-commentary about the lack of civility that sometimes populates such discussions online. Ordinarily I wouldn’t explain my joke in earnest, but I would hate for you to think that I meant any offense or took this comment as an actual personal criticism. I have no idea what you smell like and would imagine that Hitler just smells like soil at this point.
I would like to repeat: EVERYONE CALM THE EFF DOWN. Just. It’s all alright. Everyone is just trying to express themselves and/or be funny. It’s alright.
Thanks Hleb for saying what we all were thinking; I’m hoping people don’t use Videogum as their moral compass. Baby Pranks!
You guys mad! Here’s the thing, though: she CHOSE to be in the spotlight. That more or less creates a social contract; she’s giving up rights to a private life in exchange for money and glamour. So it’s more or less her own fault.
“She asked for it” – facetaco
I’d upvote this more if I could.
Uh-oh. We’re not going to start up the whole “No, YOU like rape” thing again, are we?
EVERYONE CALM THE EFF DOWN. Yes, she has a bajillion dollars and gets to play pretend for a living in exchange for a total lack of privacy. Yes, this sort of thing should be expected. It shouldn’t be condoned.
Is this a bit like how I decided to go on the subway one afternoon, so I deserved to have some guy try to take an upskirt photo of me too?
You should have known that upskirt photo-takers lurk on the subway. Next time TAKE A CAB.
Maybe the next issue of GOOP should feature tips from a getting-in-and-out-of-the-car-while-wearing-a-skirt- expert. Preferably a vegan, Kabbalist getting-in-and-out-of-the-car-while-wearing-a-skirt- expert.
If by “vagina” you mean “a tiny bit of her labia”, then I guess so. I was expecting a gyno office visit pic w/ a speculum as it’s difficult to see a vagina without one since it’s INSIDE THE BODY but GOOD JOB w/ ANATOMY CLASS, GABE!.
Aaaand you beat me to it, sorry.
I thought that the comment I responded to below was differently worded than the one I read before I left the computer for a few. You rule too, Cassie.
I got downvoted by the people who strongly enjoy being wrong about the female body. Godspeed, gentlemen, godspeed.
“IT’S CALLED THE VULVA” – Millions of fed-up feminists with knowledge of ladybits.
I’m here for the taco party.
Totally. Let’s do this.
Hope it’s not Taco Bell’s “Beef” tacos.
Oh god, never. Have you seen all the shit that goes in there?
While there is a reasonable amount of actual shit in taco bell product, I think their beef is mostly sawdust.
I’d also like to point out that a vagina shot would have been taken with her permission at a gynecologist’s office, because the vagina is the channel on the inside, YOU GUYS.
Oh man, getting people on the accuracy front when they are committing an entirely different wrong is a weird sort of joy. Thanks for reminding me.
Thanks also for the jib compliments above.
i don’t even know if you two above will read this, but i very much appreciated your comments throughout this entire section.
i did read this, and appreciate your appreciation.
Not to get all seriousgum (no, but actually, to get all seriousgum), this post really brings me down. If you’re not a lady on in the internet, you might not realize that there are a not actually that many places that are friendly to ladies on the internet, at least not places where a smart lady would want to be. Videogum is one of those places! Gabe writes really well, really often, about the terrible ways women are portrayed in movies and TV, etc. So it’s just a drag to see this post on Videogum, and also to see all the comments dismissing any criticism of this post, because upskirt photos are gross when they’re being taken by guys on the subway with camera phones, and by paparazzi of Gwyneth Paltrow, and I don’t even know where I’m going with this anymore, you guys! You can downvote me now.
As a “lady on the internet” who considers Videogum a place where I’d “want to be”, I can honestly say that I do not give two fucks about this post or “what it all means”. I don’t think it signifies some deep-seated misogyny on Gabe’s part. It was likely posted because he posts quite frequently about Gwyneth Paltrow and how she’s an idiot, and this is one example of that idiocy. Or maybe not! But Christ, people, don’t we have bigger fish to fry? Yes. Yes we do.
Of course we have bigger fish to fry! I would never argue that there are not bigger fish than this one. My concern is mainly that people are having reactions like “I do not give two fucks about this post and thus you who give maybe one-eighth of a fuck are idiots.” Is that possibly fair? I don’t even give one-eighth of a fuck, when I really think about it. But I do consider this to be Beneath Videogum, whatever that means.
Also, I did not want my comment to come across as an accusation of deep-seated misogyny in Gabe. I do not believe that at all. Like I said, this is just one in an infinite series of upskirt photos of non-consenting women, and all of them are gross, and can we as human beings try to avoid them in the future, if possible?
I like you! Upvote! Especially for the phrase “one eighth of a fuck”. I may steal that, if that’s all right with you.
You don’t have to steal it, because I bequeath it to you, in honor of our civilized disagreement on the internet.
You two are adorbs.
This is supposed to be a response to briadru4 but it won’t let me, but they are awesome and their avatars make me feel like I’m watching a newsreel from days of olde.
I feel that this is a great place to post (I Like You, get it?) has anyone noticed though, as a seasoned celebrity getting in and out of cars, that showing your crotch might be the first thing they teach you in celebrity school?
Foxy, dead on. Total olde newsreel. Well played.
I think it’s more like lazy misogyny, which like lazy racism, most all of us suffer from in some way (probably even womens, I don’t know), which occurred because of his frequent hatred of Paltrow, which lazy misogyny actually makes things worse in some way and makes moving on the wrong move, because lazy misogyny, like lazy racism, is the type that can be called out, and oftentimes corrected.
Agree to disagree! I completely disagree with you, agreed?
Oh, look, ladies can have different opinions! I thought we were The Borg.
And it’s not really like anyone who’s spending, what, 30 minutes commenting on this post would be using those 30 minutes to END MISOGYNY. So no, we probably don’t have bigger fish to fry. We’re just people who comment on a blog, we don’t actually DO anything.
It was obviously posted to get the whole community into a spanking frenzy! DING-DONG
You summed up my thoughts exactly. I keep trying to break my addiction to Reddit because it’s such a vile misogynistic cesspool of human despair when it comes to women and I cannot even express how refreshing it is to have somewhere like Videogum instead. Gabe is a level headed dude who tends to know garbage when he sees it, so it’s disappointing when he posts garbage like this – but I can let it go if it doesn’t become a habit. There’s a difference between rending my garments in despair (“fetch me my smelling salts!”) and bemoaning the state of Videogum for this one post, and acknowledging that this individual post is offensive. Gwyneth Paltrow can be gross, but for heaven’s sake, she’s just a deluded rich woman – being clueless does not justify sexual harassment. The entire culture of “upskirt photography” is absolutely disgusting and just because a woman is famous doesn’t mean she grants the world access to her literal vagina. If ever a post deserved a little push of the reset button this is it.
I don’t see how this bears (GRRRR!) on the topic at all, but it is an awesome .gif!
Are you going to make a post every time there is a new celebrity upskirt photo?
I’m more offended than Ive ever been in my whole life. Got my lawyer on the phone now going over some legal strategies to rectify this here matter. I’ll keep you guys posted and updated on my progress through the courts. We will taste justice in our time.
Haha, relax everybody.
And you guys know how you’d react if Gabe linked to Ryan Gosling in a thong or something.
Would he have posed in that thong voluntarily? Because uh, that’s the big deal here, not Gwyneth Paltrow’s labia itself. Not that I care, Ryan Gosling is yucky.
YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH, FROMAGE. YOU SHUT IT RIGHT NOW.
I’m only speaking truths, Napoleon. Deal with it.
If this were some shot of Gwyneth Paltrow roaming around in a thong bikini on a public beach I wouldn’t care. That would be her own conscious decision. But clearly, obviously, she doesn’t want the world taking pictures of her vagina which is why she’s wearing underwear in the first place. This is how I would react if Gabe posted a link to a picture of Ryan Gosling getting changed in a locker room at the gym.
Actually the equivalent would be a paparazzi taking a picture of his penis while he urinated in a public toilet, without his consent.
Upvotes! I totally forgot about that vforvgum nonsense.
Every time I see the cookies being put down I always hope it’s going to pan up to reveal Allison Brie. Alas, my hopes are dashed over and over again.
that glee girl is hot. not hot enough to motivate me to watch that show but very hot indeed.
I think she looks sort of like if an ugly girl had plastic surgery and the surgeon said “well, i’ve done all that ethical medicine allowed”.
Dear GOD people:
No, sorry, I own a t-shirt that says otherwise, I have to obey my own t-shirts:
Jeez, are all you broads on the rag or something?
Ha ha haha LOL you win Monster’s Choice this week
Steve, you’re a PROPHET. Or else Gabe… in disguise.
I’m sure this will taken the wrong way, but I signed in for the first time in months just to upvote you.
I think the funniest part of this comment is that a lot of the people fighting are guys.
They just have really good attitudes toward menstruation!
This is one of my favorite Kids sketches.
Welp, I upvoted the fuck outta this.
I haven’t laughed this hard at a comment in a long time.
Everybody chill. She is actually wearing panties. So all this arguing is moot. (Is that the correct use of that word?)
p.s. gabe, i love you.
“Her privacy wasn’t totally invaded, so it’s totally cool to sexually harass her!”
“I am going to win the fight for morality with anonymous blog commentating.” – part time vermont smith underscore person whatever
Fuck Steve, you are NAILING it today.
I am not a fan of Steve Winwood and I am a fan of ptsmith_vt, but this was just golden. You must be butta cuz yr on a roll!
Sorry, PT, I have to agree. You understand.
It’s a losing game, PT. The upvotes/downvotes have spoken. I think Gwyneth is the only female celebrity Gabe hates, though, so at least we’ll only be getting her upskirt shot updates.
Disclaimers: I hate Gwyneth Paltrow and actually think the best part of Videogum are the posts and not the comments. Let’s stop acting like Gabe is a baby who needs defending or he’ll get his hurt feelings and cry tears of a blogger. I’m sure that in 97 years the man has heard his share of complaints.
can we start a gwen paltrow’s upskirt OR athlete puppies post? cause that would be a good thing to share.
Looked better than Topher Grace’s vagina. Color me surprised.
Topher Grace IS A BAGINA.
you’re better than that.
What? I said Bagina. That’s not a thing.
You’re right. I regret my misspelling. Always Be double-Checking your spelling.
Here’s my take, since nobody asked or cares, but I’m unemployed, so I have time on my hands:
I think to call this post (and Gabe by extension) “misogynist” is way too strong. Someone he intensely dislikes (to the point of distraction, which I’ll get to in a second) got mildly embarrassed on the internet.. One of his main antagonists did something so embarrassing that the jokes wrote itself. I imagine that if Mel Gibson’s nutsack was hanging out of his Speedo, he’d probably write something about that too. He didn’t even host the picture. Misogynist, it ain’t.
I think what makes a lot of people (myself included) uncomfortable here is why Gabe thought this event was particularly noteworthy in his ongoing crusade to expose Gwyneth Paltrow’s irredeemable shallowness, and why he writes so much about said shallowness in the first place. Earlier posts at least gave pretty good evidence that she’s smug, un self-aware, and has a sort of Marie Antoinette style empathy toward helping her fellow woman; here she wore a skirt that was bit too short and the camera got a bit too close and her underwear rode a bit too far to the left. Britney Spears, it ain’t, either. If someone put a clip on YouTube of Paltrow dropping her venti latte on the ground, one gets the impression that Gabe would gleefully post that with some reference to “Gwyneth and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and silently thank the fates that karma is getting one back.
Which brings us to: who gives a shit about Gwyneth Paltrow, anyway? Why not Cher, or Johnny Depp, or somebody? There are scores of candidates to choose from, and maybe Gabe can snag some of that sweet OK Magazine demographic. Look, this isn’t a plea for civility or positivity or anything: what attracted me to the site was the HFTWMOAT and all those scathing episode recaps of Jersey Shore and Lost and the like. Lost is over, of course, but: he now refuses to watch the Jersey Shore, even though that show still produces far more vile, contemptible, and fascinating behavior from its principals weekly; and it seems like he thinks the Hunt is an albatross around his neck (this last part could be sour grapes on my part, as, since Gabe has rightly pilloried celebrities for trivial problems that the rest of us would love to have, it almost seems like he’s complaining about his paid job writing about pop culture and movies, which sounds pretty fucking great to this unemployed dude with no marketable skills; I should mention that I’m not 1/100th as funny as Gabe is and am woefully unqualified for any similar job, as this rambling parenthesis-heavy post makes clear. BUT STILL). The vicissitudes of one celebrity’s self-parodying life is just not as interesting a substitute. The monster following this site for a while has to wonder where the hell this is coming from, and when it will be over.
In conclusion: TL; DR. Self-Potato.
Naw, I’m pretty sure filming someone dropping their latte is different from taking an upskirt photo. One is humiliating. The other is sexually humiliating and is a kind of degradation that is suffered only (and frequently) by women. It’s got a long and misogynistic history. I’m not suggesting that Gabe possessed misogynistic intentions in posting this. I’m saying that he could have taken a second and thought about whether the opportunity to humiliate Gwyneth Paltrow was really worth propping up a practice that is harmful to women.
I am sorry and beyond skeeved out that you had some asshole try to take an upskirt shot of you, and I am not going to take a stance on this VGum post one way or the other, except to say that the hundreds of photos and videos I have seen of soccer players with their wangs and globules hanging out of their shorts make me think that up-whatever shots are not entirely the provenance of women. Say what you will about how much guys definitely love chicks and the rest of the world looking at their junk, I have an otherwise-freaky husband who would object strongly to his private parts being made public without his knowledge/consent/blessing/financial rewards.
This is true. And it’s also gross and skeevy when it happens to dudes. The one thing I’ll quibble on is that often the photos of women come from a place that is highly aggressive. The possibility of an upskirt encounter becoming violent (or coming from a place of sexual violence) is much higher. At least, this is why my own experience with it was so disturbing. It’s hard to know how to react, because it’s really not worth getting into a physical fight with a guy who might want to do me real harm.
Someone above mentioned that really aren’t such a big deal because body parts are body parts and it’s just our culture that tells us to feel humiliated by these experiences. This is completely true and I am the very opposite of a prude when it comes to revealing or low-cut clothing. The problem is not the body parts that are being seen, but the intentions of the people seeing them. The sense of titillation that comes from an upskirt photo (versus a picture of a woman in a bathing suit) is the lack of consent. And that’s all sorts of tied up with the fact that the people being photographed are women.
*that these photos really aren’t such a big deal.
HULK ANGRY. TYPING HARD.
For comment below:
What makes me most angry about upskirt shots is that i personally get turned on by the idea that men are forbidden to be overtly sexual with me while i wear titillating clothing that emphasizes sex. But even if one sweatily and nervously breaks rank, at least i get the chance to feel narcissistic vaginal martyrdom.
Christopher and Steve are right. Gabe should be allowed to post all of the celebrity upskirt photos he wants. There’s no harm in them. There have been some celebrity ones you’ve missed in the past if you want to add a few more. I think Britney Spears and Paris Hilton had some.
I think this is as good an opportunity as any to reference Ricky Gervais’ finest work:
You open the paper, and you see a picture of Lindsay Lohan getting out of a car, and the headline is: “COVER UP LINDSAY, WE CAN SEE YOUR KNICKERS.” Of course you can see her knickers. Your photographer is lying in the road pointing his camera up her dress to see her knickers. You’re literally the gutter press.
The entire scene is wonderful, if you monters have got 5 minutes to spare. A lovely rant on the disgusting nature of celebrity culture. And it also explains why this post is kind of gross. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQAr_AjZt-E
He had great points, but it’s a little self-congratulatory, non?
“That was absolutely amazing.” Nyeh.
A fish is getting a rectal exam, and he’s like “oy, be careful that’s where i poo and pee!”. And really why separate a disgusting function into TWO separate disgusting functions? Peehole: Oy poohole, i’m better than you! Poohole: Yeah? I wasn’t pooing myself till i was 12 years old.
- Me doing Ricky Gervais standup?
My browser crashed when I clicked the link. I’m taking it as outright mutiny at the prospect of having to display Gwyneth Paltrow’s vajajay.
Just normal everyday mom stuff.
“I do not think I’m going to cum” – Richard Montalban
Linking to an upskirt is beneath you Gabe. It’s shitty.
Wow, I checked this at work for 5 minutes and it was already heated. I had no idea it would get so much dissent. I am not a fan of upskirt pictures, but I also think Videogum wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Can we all agree upskirt shots are gross, but this does not a sexist make?
Also there are worse upskirts to worry about. Will someone please think of the manatees?!
Also I never thought I would use the word upskirt so much in one comment post.
I just wanted to say “hi” and give you a big hug.
Seconded! You’re the best. Please enjoy this tiny baby polar bear, from me to you:
That is the most adorable thing EVER
(it’s a plush toy, baby polar bears have less and wirey hair and look pretty gruesome)
(but cute nonetheless)
Thanks folks, between that and the pup sleeping in my bed, my aggravation level is way down. And I plan on making bacon and eggs tomorrow morning, so that’s awesome too.
Smells like a Fishmonger.
My internal monologue (as I clicked through): “I am so against this for so many reasons, this is so objectionable, why do you have to click so many stupid links to get to this stupid thing, why am I doing this, I am so against this, why don’t people wear underpants, why do people post this shit, OH–hello, flesh-colored thong.”
WELL-PLAYED, Gwynnie. Lots Of Love.
Yo…is this a PG/PG-13 website? Because I’m about to get mad raw up in this bitch, s0n.
holy smokes, calm down people who need calming down, A.) it’s the internet,. 2.) I mean, don’t people on here weekly bash her, but now are running to her defense because she was “exploited” or something, I’m not sure I lost track, and 3.) you can’t even SEE her Goop.
now, watch this, and reset the internet….
Man, I opened a new tab with this one and came face to face with a Velociraptor and didn’t really notice that I had opened the wrong one. wah-wah.
I think the fact that this thread became such a day-shattering ordeal for so many is a cause for introspection on everyone EXCEPT Gabe’s part. Can’t we find something actually upsetting to be upset about? Like forced beard-eating or cat massages?
I don’t think anyone is shattered. And I think the people who found it objectionable made a pretty good/civil case for why they did. If introspection is required here, maybe it’s required by the people who keep insisting: “It’s the internet, chill out!” without acknowledging that attitudes propagated on the internet might actually reflect/affect the attitudes of people in real life.
Wow, lot of assumptions in there.
Come on guys, this isn’t so bad. Remember when Gabe had glowing weekly reviews of “How i met your mother”? Yikes!
finally this website is good for something.
But late but anyway…
“Waaaa! I can’t deal with an obvious dig at celebrity culture when its aimed at such a smug and ridiculous trollop, WAAAA!!!!”
Is anybody else back on this post just to see what the monster’s ball was all about this week? Mind if we just stand here together for a bit and look into the distance knowingly?
While Jose Gonzalez’s “Heartbeats” plays softly.
That’s a great song.
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