Is there sexism in “Hell’s Kitchen”? “You have to report these disgusting comments”


Is there sexism in “Hell’s Kitchen”? “It is necessary to report these obnoxious comments”

Sara Anselmo, head of the feminist association UMAR, criticizes Ljubomir Stanisic’s discriminatory comments.

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When one of the “Hell’s Kitchen” candidates gave in to tears and confessed to a drug problem, the chef and presenter Ljubomir Stanisic supported him. Minutes later she caught him laughing while a colleague’s plate was being evaluated. The cook was furious. “You’re a guy with ups and downs. Risks and Screams. I had less complicated girlfriends. “

Stanisic’s comment was one of many achievements in the first episode of the new SIC program, which aired on March 15, and which sparked several criticisms of machismo and sexism. Many of the complaints were even formalized with the Social Communications Regulator (ERC).

For Sara Anselmo from the direction of the Union of Alternative Women and Reaction – a feminist association with more than 40 years of existence – the comments and behaviors shown in the program are “worrying”, especially because of the “very strong role of social” in communication Formation of Knowledge and Social Construction ”.

“We are very concerned when we see this type of comment lingering in prime time. (…) Television and the media have a social responsibility to deconstruct these types of stereotypes and change their attitudes,” he explains to NiT.

Regarding the chef’s comment on the competitor’s “ups and downs” and how he reminded him of some of his girlfriends, Sara Anselmo points to a different stereotype that affects not only women but men as well.

“The idea that men cannot cry or show emotions and when they do, they are already entering the field of women and emotionality… These comments not only discriminate against women but also men. They reaffirm the idea that they cannot be emotional, and when they do, they act like women in order to be feminine. “This behavior has” negative effects on mental health “.

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In the first episode, the participants were divided by gender: on the one hand, the men’s team; on the other hand, that of women. A kind of “fight between the strongest and weakest sex”, a competition “that is completely out of date”.

At some point, faced with the failure of the women’s team, Stanisic explodes: “They are ladies, you should set an example of these dicks that are here that are supposed to be dirty and ten times cleaner than you.”

“It is an idea that pushes women into the home that they have to set an example just because they are women and cleaning is an exclusively female job. Basically, they infantilize men themselves with the idea that they cannot be cleaned. There are stereotypes that differentiate between the two sexes, ”explains the UMAR head.

These little details in prime-time programs can, in your opinion, lead to deeper problems that are ingrained in society – and in the worst case scenario, help keep them going. Above all to consolidate the idea that “housework is, of course, the work of women” and that it is up to men to “just help”.

In this context, he cites a recent study by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, according to which women in Portugal do more than three times the housework than their partners.

With that in mind, when we see these types of comments and statements that are absolutely gross at prime time, we think that they should be reported and we urge the ERC to take a stand and oppose naturalization for this type of behavior. “

Ljubomir Stanisic, known for his indescribable temperament in the television programs he has appeared on, is also part of the problem. “Basically, these types of programs naturalize bullying, where you can scream and insult as long as you are the chef in the highest hierarchical position to do so. If it’s a woman, she’ll already be the most emotionally uncontrolled one. And if you are a man, you have a woman’s attitude. “

Still, Sara Anselmo emphasizes that this is not a problem unique to Hell’s Kitchen, nor does she intend to “individualize the chef as a scapegoat”. “He only does what he has learned on a cultural and social level: this idea of ​​women in the private sphere, of the suppression of men’s emotionality. This is reflected throughout television and is a reproduction of the structural problem. This is more of a symptom than the problem itself. “

What is there to do? The director of UMAR referred to the creation of a guide to good practice, not only for these programs but also for the media, which has “a very important role of social responsibility”.

“It is necessary to understand the power the media has to reflect these ideologies. We have to question these narratives and instead of reproducing and legitimizing them, we have to deconstruct them and present them in other ways without being based on stereotypes. “