John Hughes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Misogynistic? How about Sixteen Candles dreamboat Jake Ryan buying and selling his drunken girlfriend to the Geek in trade for Samantha Baker’s underwear?  Gary and Wyatt in Bizarre Science?  If they’ll’t get an attractive lady, they’ll simply create one on a pc. After which there’s The Breakfast Membership’s John Bender crawling between Claire’s legs and peeking at her underwear.  We don’t see it onscreen, however it’s implied that there’s some undesirable touching there as effectively.  

As for homophobic? Ringwald laments Hughes’s movies during which f-slurs are tossed round with abandon.

His writing for Nationwide Lampoon was even worse. 

Film executives would by no means have let Hughes get away with the offensive comedy he served up in Nationwide Lampoon.  To be truthful, the counterculture journal constructed its fame on shock humor–the extra outrageous the higher. One will get the sense that writers had been making an attempt to one-up each other with every subsequent concern. How far might they push the envelope earlier than it went off the sting of a cliff?

A number of of Hughes’s quick tales for the Lampoon grew to become motion pictures themselves, together with Trip and Christmas Trip. However as Ringwald found after some cursory skims by means of again points, different tales had been uglier:

In opposition to His Will options an ‘ugly fats’ girl who tries to rape a person at gunpoint in entrance of the person’s spouse and oldsters as a result of she will’t have intercourse another method. My Penis and My Vagina are quasi-magical-realist tales written from the factors of view of youngsters who get up within the morning with completely different genitalia than they had been assigned at start; the protagonist of My Penis actually forces her boyfriend’s mouth open to penetrate him, and the male in My Vagina is gang-raped by his associates as soon as they uncover he has one. (The latter story ends with him having to make use of the cash he saved for brand new skis on getting an abortion.)”

Nationwide Lampoon

A younger man wakes as much as stunning genitalia in Hughes’s quick story, My Vagina.

There are much more, together with one article with tips about ensuring your potential partner doesn’t have any Asian or Black ancestry, and one other with recommendation on sexually harass somebody.  Tongue-in-cheek? Satirical? One of the best we are able to do is to say very charitably “possibly,” however a lot of Hughes’ early humor seems fairly ugly right now.

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