Lesbians React to 'Blue Is the Warmest Color': 'Pretty Obviously Two Straight Women Having Sex'
Real gay women offer their insights into the sex scenes that earned the Palme d'Or winner an NC-17 rating.
French coming-of-age film Blue Is the Warmest Color has been at the center of controversy since premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Despite critical praise for the three-hour exploration of teenage sexuality and relationships, several lengthy lesbian sex scenes featuring stars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux provoked a fury of warring quotes between director Abdellatif Kechiche and the two actresses.
What began as a condemnation of the gratuitous sexuality and the potential mistreatment of Exarchopoulos and Seydoux has devolved into back-and-forth name-calling. With the movie now in limited release, the spotlight is turned away from the film and squarely focused on the real-life drama.
But was the film all that outrageous to begin with?
In a new video from Posture Magazine, filmmaker Yeni Sleidi screened selected scenes from Blue for a group of gay women. While the panelists mostly agree that Exarchopoulos and Seydoux are clearly straight women acting the part, their reactions are consistently blasé when it comes to the controversial sequence.
"I thought it was hot at the beginning, and then it got ridiculous when they kept switching sex positions every ten seconds," observes one viewer. "It started to feel like an infomercial for a kitchen product, where they try and showcase all the things it can do. 'It can chop, it can slice, it can dice, it can puree, it can eat out your asshole.' "
When asked if the questionable sex scenes played out believably, another woman responds that "I would like to say no, but it was a little bit like my mornings."