Yearly, the MTV Film Awards roll round and nominate a bunch of movies and TV exhibits in some regular classes (Finest Film, Finest Efficiency) and a few not regular classes (Finest Villain, “Finest Duo”). It’s not an enormous deal, the present is little greater than an excuse to promote some advertisements, however one in every of this 12 months’s nominations has attracted some additional consideration for some bizarre and creepy causes.
The Final Of Us has been nominated for 5 “awards”, together with Finest Present, Finest Hero (Pedro Pascal), Breakthrough Efficiency (Bella Ramsey) and Finest Duo. That’s 4, however the fifth is—and it’s essential I relay the title as listed by MTV in full right here, for the sake of context—BEST KISS (offered by Cheetos®).
It wasn’t a collection outlined by its romantic interludes, however for a present a couple of fungus destroying the human race it did discover a stunning period of time to discover the species’ sweeter aspect. You’d count on that have been an award designed particularly to showcase cool, essential and memorable kisses resolve to honour The Final Of Us, then perhaps on this case the prize would go to Ellie and Riley’s adventurous little peck, or Bill and Frank finding tenderness amidst the desolation.
Nope. The present’s producers, maybe within the hopes that somebody, anybody would write one thing concerning the broadcast (properly carried out!), have chosen Anna Torv and Philip Prajoux for the nomination. The ever-magnificent Torv performed Tess, a personality who solely appeared in three episodes, and in case you’ve by no means heard of Prajoux that’s as a result of he was enjoying one of many zombies concerned in Tess’ demise. Particularly, the one who rams his fungus tendrils down her throat.
As Austen Goslin (who I agree with solely) over at Polygon writes, it felt “leering, and bizarrely objectifying, to have the in any other case daring, assured Tess passively stand by as her dying approaches. The second sexualizes her within the creepiest, most voyeuristic method attainable, with out giving her a lot of a perspective or something to say.”
You’re telling me that in a collection that discovered the time to commit a complete episode to a blossoming homosexual relationship, and one other to a teenage woman’s rising sexual id, that the “finest kiss” was a scene the place a beforehand badass character was undermined by a pointlessly graphic (and unsettlingly sexualised) dying scene? Get the fuck out of right here, MTV. You too, Cheetos®.