In honor of the new Pitch Perfect 2 movie coming out in a few weeks, I wanted to talk about feminism and how it is portrayed in the first film. Being one of the most quotable, relatable, down right hilarious, and catchy in the past decade, Pitch Perfect is also a great example of modern feminism, which is basically women going against the social norms of traditional female gender rolls that society has perscribed women to follow. How, you might ask? Um… have you seen the movie?! What about this isn’t going against some of the norms of what society wants expects of women?!!
Get ready to get Pitch Slapped!
1. They have sassy lead character named Beca, played by Anna Kendrick, who is a tomboy-ish girl who is very passionate about music, wants to make “mad-lib beats” and become a music producer. Not interested in going to school to be nurse, or find a husband. **yasss gender roles*** She keeps to herself, and doesn’t manage to have a lot of close friends due to her not really opening up, until the end of course.
2. The Bellas made it to the ICCA’s previously but choked and lost to boys (The Treblemakers). However this year, they made it once again and challenged the “norms” of the traditional Bellas and won!
3. Originally the members in The Bellas fit into the stereotypical roles of women. Having a very conservative fashion style, song choices that are not so modern (“nothing from this century” as said by Becca), and only allowed beautiful women in the group. The two leaders try to continue this tradition, but due to lack of interest in the girls that “fit” what they are looking for after the loss at the ICCA’s the previous season, they settle for the new group of Bellas.
4. Everyone is so different in the new Bellas! Lets start off with Fat Amy. Aca-scuse me?? Who calls themselves fat, especially if you are a girl in modern day society. Fat has such a negative connotation, but Fat Amy owns it! She is a free spirit who is not afraid of anything or anyone, hilarious, and someone who is comfortable in her own skin (but who’s real name is Fat Patricia…lol)
5. Then there is Cynthia Rose a young, black lesbian lady who, at the beginning of the movie, was mistaken for a male. Also we don’t find out she is gay until the end ,but I think that has some deeper meaning to it, because the end of the movie is where all of the members of The Bellas really break away from the “traditional” singing group and become modernized/ alternative with their own style).
* Everyone in real life is different, and I think they do a great job of representing the different kinds of social groups (race, sexuality, gender, etc) in this movie.. just saying…
6. The two new leaders of The Bellas, Aubrey and Chloe, do not want to change from the traditional style they have maintained over the years, and the rest of the new group is fighting for change with Beca as the “face” of change. They are not only fighting the captains, they are fighting what society wants them to be. It is not about their voices, it is about their looks. And the last performance shows it!!!
I would also like to address Anna Kendrick’s response to The Daily Beast, about feminism. She made my day and I thought you might want to read it, too!!
“It’s hard because words confuse me sometimes. There isn’t a word for a member of an ethnic minority who is pro equal rights for all races, but thereis a word for gender equality—and that’s feminism. It’s a very female-centric word. I understand that the implication is that “I’m a woman who supports women” and not “I’m a person who supports gender equality.” I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word. It’s practically become a curse word. Somebody says, “Oh, you’re being such a feminist,” and you’re supposed to be like, “No I’m not.” Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can’t get rid of it, so let’s fight for it and embrace it.”
haha Can you say WOW? Not only does she play a non-traditional female in the Pitch Perfect movies, but she lives it in real life too by actively participating and voicing her views of feminism! What she said is kind of the point of Randolph Riot, to teach and spread the word about feminism. You crushed it, Anna!
If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m sorry for spoiling some of it for you it for you but you should go watch it anyways because it is life changing….. And then get a “toner” (a musical boner) when you go see the 2nd movie when it comes out May 15, 2015. 😉
*and various tumblr pictures of mine.