Sunday, April 29, 2018

E. Simms Campbell: Paparazzi on the French Line

The violation of a young starlet's privacy is the subject of a full-page Esquire magazine color cartoon by E. Simms Campbell that appeared in 1938. A ship's cabin door has been pushed open to reveal three paparazzi outside on the deck, cameras in hand. The discarded luggage tags read CGT or Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, popularly known as the French Line. Like so many of the magazine's cartoons, the gag depends not so much on a clever turn of phrase as on a sexually suggestive situation. The awkward encounter here is one that men are supposed to find appealing, with the caption working up to the implication of nudity. This is but one example of how generations of men were encouraged to laugh at what we now consider sexual harassment.

"—Beg pardon[,] Miss Yvetti, but would you mind posing on the ship's rail—after you slip something on, of course[.]"
E. Simms Campbell
Esquire, 1938

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