• Mon, Jun 7 2010

Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson’s MTV Awards Kiss: Is the Faux-Lesbian Make-Out Hollywood’s New Rite of Passage?

If you missed last night’s MTV Movie Awards, you probably just found out about Sandra Bullock kissing Scarlett Johansson during Bullock’s Generation Award acceptance speech (watch the full video on The Huffington Post). We hate to be another site following the now-tired, PR-trail-of-bread-crumbs faux-lesbian kiss, but the chick-flick star’s chick-smooch made us wonder if this is the new rite of passage for women climbing the Hollywood career ladder (and for those who’ve already made it to the top).

Back in 2003 at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Madonna and Britney Spears seemed to start an avalanche, replacing the cliché: “Who do I have to blow to get famous around here?” with: “Which woman do I have to French to get my next contract?” (Madge also smooched Christina Aguilera then.) On the surface, women locking lips might seem liberal, modern, and strong, but as others have pointed out: This is just a new way of pleasing men in order to get attention and further their careers.

It’s certainly not true that all girl-on-girl kisses are for the pleasure of men, but most of the ones are that we see onstage and on-camera. And what of Hollywood’s actual lesbians? Poor Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi seem to fascinate tabloids far less than the five seconds of Bullock-on-Johansson action, and even Lindsay Lohan’s newest girlfriend isn’t getting near the attention of the “fake lesbians” who have graced us with their staged smooches in the last couple of years. (As a side note, audiences and broadcasters were also far less enamored with Adam Lambert’s suggestive performance with a male dancer at the American Music Awards last year.)

Here are the kisses between (now more) famous straight women that capture imaginations everywhere:

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