Last night I went to the cinema to see Snow White and the Huntsman, an alright film let down by Kristen Stewart trying to be enthusiastic and uplifting. During the film, a particular scene struck me and the bias against certain forms of entertainment became apparent.
In the scene, Snow White is locked in her tower when the Queen orders her brother to fetch her. As he enters, he sits next to a horizontal Snow White, strokes her leg and says something along the lines of "my sister won't let me near you" and the clear and unambiguous suggestion of rape is complete. As the film progresses we see two men and seven male dwarves striving to protect Snow White.
In case you havn't guessed, this is not unlike the E3 tomb raider controversy. Except when a google search for "snow white and the huntsman controversy" is performed, we see people are more concerned that the dwarves weren't played by real life little people. Whereas a search for "tomb raider controversy" brings up the same tired articles.
How is it possible that a variation of a children's fairytale, rated as a 12A in cinemas not receive the same criticism that a video game, which will probably be rated at least a 15, gets?
Personally I don't have a problem with either situation because they are both quite realistic and ultimately both characters go on to kick some ass but surely there has to be consistency between mediums. The uproar surrounding the developers comment about the "player wanting to protect Lara" was misplaced. Who wouldn't want to protect someone who has just been threatened with rape. Of course people may argue that this makes the character weak and is therefore a negative stereotype which is usually reserved only for women. I feel that in the context of the Tomb Raider reboot and origin story the situation will help to shape an awesome female protagonist. At the same time though, I would like to see some strong heroines who are strong just for the sake of it. Basically, it would be nice to see Joss Whedon make a video game :D