Baftas 2017: How can women in film expect to be ‘taken seriously’ whilst flashing their boobs?
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I used to enjoy watching the BAFTAs but this year I could only stomach about half an hour of it.
Stephen Fry made me laugh as always with his Trump-inspired quip: 'Let's find out who the Russians have decided have won…' and Ken Loach made me well up when he spoke about the way the poorest and most vulnerable in our society are treated.
But when Nicole Kidman appeared in a dress slashed to her navel, I began to pull away.
This seemed to be the look of the night with women flashing their chests in a way that brought to mind a phrase of my mother's: 'Less is more, dear, less is more!'
I'm a huge Kidman fan and have always admired her as a brilliant actress and role model.
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But I lament her decision years ago to transform herself from the fabulous wild redhead she once was into an identikit Hollywood blonde.
Now that she has adopted the flasher look, I can only despair.
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And she was not alone.
Sophie Turner, Thandie Newton, Naomie Harris, Emma Stone – great actresses all, yet all of the view suddenly that it was vital the world be treated to a flash of their sternum.
Why? It's not even a nice bit of the body?
Meanwhile the Duchess of Cambridge, Viola Davis and Amy Adams flashed as much shoulder as they could get away with rather than picking a dress that might have made us wonder what they were actually there to say.
Women in film can only go on about being taken seriously when their work and their acceptance speech comments are more interesting and noteworthy than their red carpet outfit.
How might they manage this?
Well, it's obvious, isn't it?
The men all wear the same thing and consequently no one recalls anything other than what comes out of their mouths.
Fine, if you are Fry or Loach, less fine if you are Dev Patel, being given a platform which gives you the chance to talk to the world, only to witter on meaninglessly and say nothing at all.
So what if the women all wore the same thing too?
How about they all wore the same dress? Wait? They did. The flasher!
I guess that means they feel their boobs are the best they have to offer, which is rather a shame.
Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.