“Westworld” Called Out On Its Orgy Scene

The fifth episode of HBO’s “Westworld” answered several key questions, but the thing everyone was talking about today in the wake of last night’s premiere was the giant orgy sequence. Even by HBO standards, things got graphic as visitors of Westworld indulged their deepest sexual desires with wild abandon.

Unfortunately that depiction of rampant hedonism has ran afoul of the non-profit organization The Nation Centre Of Sexual Exploitation, a group also known as ‘Morality In Media’. Said group has issued a press release criticising the network. Here’s an excerpt:

“The latest episode was replete with gratuitous depictions of female nudity, and included an orgy depicting several explicit sex acts, as well as a scene focusing on exposed male genitalia. I would love to hear [episode director] Richard Lewis explain to me how these scenes reflect a ‘modicum of taste.’ No plot necessitates this level of explicit depictions of sex acts and nudity. In fact, one wonders if HBO producers are capable of creating plots that don’t depend on pornography for shock value.

What the creators of ‘Westworld’ don’t understand, is that graphic sexual scenes are not artful or compelling. Instead, they are toxic fodder for our societal crisis of using people – especially women – as sexual objects, and minimizing the sexual trauma or violence that can result. The creators of ‘Westworld’ and executives at HBO need to start focusing on plotlines instead of prurient and pornographic scenes that objectify women and men.”

Unlike many sex scenes, this one actually had a narrative point – pushing further the divide between friends Logan (Ben Barnes) and William (Jimmi Simpson) with one becoming more consumed by the consequence free easy tittilation and the other becoming even more unsettled by the shedding or morals and ethics.

Whatever the case, “Westworld” is still set to air its remaining five episodes over the next few weeks on Sundays on HBO.

Source: THR