Warning: This article contains spoilers for Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The Kingsman movies are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to making a mockery of spy movies cliches, but sometimes this can be taken a little too far. This is the case for the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, where a particular sex scene didn't just raise viewers' eyebrows, but also caused quite a stir online. Amidst the criticism, Kingsman star Taron Egerton (who plays lead character Eggsy) has come out to defend the scene and its place in the movie.
Eggsy Talks About The Sexual Problem
In The Golden Cricle, Eggsy is tasked to plant a tracking device on Clara (Poppy Delevingne) to find the location of one of the titular Golden Circle's hideouts. The only way to do this is to insert the bug in her private parts, forcing Eggsy to get intimate with his mark. After awkwardly asking his girlfriend permission to get it on with Clara for Queen and country, The Golden Circle shows an incredibly graphic sequence of Eggsy covertly planting the tracker between Clara's legs when they have sex.
#TaronEgerton spoke with Screen Rant about the controversial sex scene, and he clarified that the sequence at the music festival in Glastonbury, England was no accident. In fact, it was director #MatthewVaughn's idea.
“It’s what Matthew [Vaughn] does, it’s his signature thing. He likes to do something that shocks. In Kick-Ass it was Chloe Grace Moretz saying the C-word, in Kingsman it was the bum shot of the Swedish princess, and in this one it’s the thing. And, you know, it’s not to everyone’s tastes, but it certainly gets people talking. All it is is explicitly showing what Bond alludes to and says in a double entendre kind of way.”
Egerton then elaborated, explaining how the scene was shot and revealing that he was, in fact, uncomfortable with the idea.
“It was a day that I was anxious about. The shot in the first film I was so anxious before we did it and Matthew didn’t tell me that I wouldn’t actually be in the shot. The way it was described in the script it was like ‘I’m going to do what?’ But it wasn’t me, it was a POV. In this one, I’m in the shot and I said to Matthew ‘I’m not comfortable doing this’. So it’s not my hand – it’s Poppy [Delevingne]’s husband’s hand. He saved the world.”
All The Kingsmen And Their Problematic Depictions Of Sex
The scene sparked backlash, with many calling it immature and tasteless. Compared to the "bum shot" in Kingsman: The Secret Service which was a quick, juvenile punchline to wrap the movie up, the tracker scene in The Golden Circle is a significant plot device. This undermined what little sexual politics the sequel had, making it seem like the movie's writers justified invading a woman's privacy (and body) for the sake of a sex joke.
Some would defend this as being the signature stamp of Vaughn and comic scribe #MarkMillar, who wrote the original Kingsman graphic novel that the movies are based on. The two are known for incorporating scenes that only exist for shock values' sake in their works, and the fingering sequence in the newest Kingsman is indeed the latest example of their edgy brand of humor.
The Kingsman movies may be adored for being parodies of classic spy movies, but they're often criticized for their portrayal of female characters. Minus a few exceptions like Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), the women in Kingsman are treated as objects to stare at. One could argue that this is a hallmark of old spy movies (especially in James Bond) which Kingsman aims to homage and parody, but there's a reason why these tropes are considered outdated by today's standards. When a particular scene is considered to be excessive in a movie that's meant to be an exaggeration, that should be saying something.
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