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  1 month ago

Benny Hill

Some of you may remember the comedian Benny Hill from the 70s. He wrote sketches largely about old men behaving lecherously towards scantily clad women. I think fairly harmless but very much an image of women through male eyes and would never be made now.
However, I look at the way some women portray themselves on social media or on reality TV programmes and it is not so different. They would probably argue that they are doing it on their terms and it is empowering.
I do wonder how much feminism has liberated some women who still seem trapped in living up to a sexualised ideal of how women should look.
Any thoughts on Benny Hill: did you like watching him? Was it harmless fun?
Any thoughts on young women today and this culture of big lips, big eye lashes, big bottoms, big ...s etc?
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Mark_W

  1 month ago
I thought it was fun! Reply
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SimonGUK

  1 month ago
I remember him and his The Benny Hill Show performances, and his odd character in The Italian Job. I am not sure you have entirely understood the shows, as it was more slapstick, burlesque and parody, rather than 'old men behaving lecherously'. I can understand the misunderstanding, as it is often made.
It is not unusual for women (and men) to use physical attributes to further their careers, but it sad when they feel the need to use artificial enhancements. Variety is a good thing, I think, so if women are finding many different ways to succeed then there will be many role models potential available for younger generations.
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spartan3002

  1 month ago
His humour was broad and simple , nothing wrong with that . Of course he wouldn't be accepted today , pretty much like having George Formby on Top of the Pops ! ;) Reply
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alansday

  1 month ago
There are many contradictions in the way "some" young women wish to portray themselves in today's society that doesn't help the overall feminine cause E. As for big lips , big eyelashes and bottoms that is a definite fashion faux pas in my humble opinion. Reply
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Meryl10

  1 month ago
He made us laugh, simple innuendo comedy without lots of swearing.. it was great. Reply
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Ed777

  1 month ago
I don't know much about him but it does appear he had a real talent for comedy. Reply
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chowen

  1 month ago
Young actresses used the show to promote their careers, the Hills Angels were a way to get noticed. It was in the word of Kenny Everett, done in the best possible taste. The theme for the chase that normally ended the show was Yakety Sax, written by James Q. Rich and Boots Randolph, it was released in 1963, and went to number 35 In the charts. Sadly he was lonely, and died alone, in his flat sitting in front of the television. He was found after telephone calls went unanswered for a couple of days. Has known for his thriftiness, he would mend old clothes, even after his bank balance was in seven figures ! I did enjoy the shows, good clean 1970s fun, and he even had a record in the charts, Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West), released around 1970. Reply
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katinajones7

  1 month ago
Ernie, the fastest milkman in the west song always comes to mind!! Daft really and yes wouldn't get away with this today!! Reply
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H7551940

  1 month ago
it was a bit daft..but the theme tune always stuck out for me/to me Reply
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hess72

  1 month ago
childish humour that i never really got, even as a child but many did and he was a nice man apparently so no complaints from me, i agree with your notion though especially coming across a video on youtube of jessica alves the other day, there perception of beauty i find vulgar and unnatural even before getting into the territory of all the surgery x Reply
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