Says Patrick Moote, a man who was publicly humiliated in a viral kisscam video of his marriage proposal getting rejected by a woman who (later) told him it was because his penis is too small. He's made a documentary — which he calls a "cockumentary" — called "Unhung Hero."
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At the first link there's an interview with Moote — whose name seems intriguingly to combine "mote" (a very tiny thing) and "moot" (said of questions that don't need to be answered). The female interviewer praises him: "It's a great opportunity to bring it to society's light, so you can kind of unpack these double standards and also to provide solace to others who might be in your situation." And later he says: "Men are objectified almost as much as women at this point, it's just that no one's really talking about it." So I'm thinking he's hoping this will be kind of the "Vagina Monologues" for men. There's big money in that, and big money might equal or exceed big penis in the finding-a-wife game.
Via Metafilter, where a most-favorited comment is: "I don't believe a word of this." Me neither:
1. Moote says he's a comedian who's been in L.A. for a long time (which hints of fakery and doing whatever it takes).
2. The humiliating rejection did not include — as I thought on first seeing the story — the woman's articulating the penis-too-small reason. She just runs off, unwilling to be caught on camera at a basketball game being confronted with an unwanted marriage proposal. Moote is the one who came forward with her reason. He made it public.
3. How do I know the viral video wasn't staged with the woman acting the part of the rejecting girlfriend?
4. He has the kind of face that doesn't say "small penis" to me. The nose....
Another commenter at Metafilter quotes this IMDB review of the movie:
What becomes clear... is the extent of Moote's masochism and the degree to which he must have eroticized the humiliation he supposedly feels. In other words, his shame and penis-related self-esteem issues become both his favorite topic and a kind of weapon that he wields against others. (That's most clear in the scenes in which he discusses his under-endowment with his parents and his ex-girlfriends; if you're not careful, you'd think Moote was being vulnerable and candid. Another likely interpretation, however, is that Moote draws pleasure from making people squirm.)That's from a bad review, but I see the potential for a kind of "Vagina Monologues" for men, making the private subject public — putting the public in pubic. But are we to think that Moote is going about his public speech the wrong way, because it's not all inward and confessional, it's more aggressive and jerky? But it's the male version. It's what males do — according to this — the aggressive, assholean expression that we experience as comedy. The IMDB review compares it to Borat. Why wouldn't a Hollywood-based comedian cook up a Borat-style project, with ridiculous intrusions on real people?
Which gives me #5 for that list above: It seems like a Borat-style project, and Borat was a fictional character played by a comedian who intruded on relatively ordinary real people to extract funny scenes for a movie.