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Tauriel Refuses To Get Into Butt Pose In Hobbit Poster, Makes Legolas Do It Instead

You know butt pose: It’s when female characters on movie posters are posed juuuuust so, enabling the audience a view of both her chest and her derriere, while any male characters get to face the camera and be all action-y. Here are some Avengers-y examples (scroll down). And a more recent one from Divergent. Here’s another. And another. And another. And another.

Tauriel has no truck with that nonsense. Now strike a pose, Legolas!

(via: SuperHeroHype)

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  • AnnaB

    Thank you, Mary Sue. I needed this.

  • DarthRachel

    i love this so hard

  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    I thought the title meant that the actress had actually refused such a pose.

  • javakoala

    That’s because Legolas is the original Princess Shineylocks.

  • Camille Monae

    Yeah, but she is also shoved to the back and not the center of the shot. I understand legalos is a more popular character but I think she would have been put in the back even with the butt pose.

  • DarthRachel

    can this officially be submitted to the hawkeye initiative?

  • Jayme

    Legolas can butt pose all he wants. Hubba hubba.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    “you are alleging things the actress had done or said without any regard to her.”

    Where is the actress’ name used in this post? The act of refusal is being placed on a FICTIONAL character.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    The “Divergent” one really pisses me off. Tris is the MAIN character and she’s behind (is that supposed to be Four?) and looking off into the distance with her bum twisted to face the ‘camera’. WTF?

  • Kirke

    But I can’t see Legolas’ chest. Not happy. Boy needs to try harder


  • Dessa Brewington

    Good good, now just arch your back a bit… Why isn’t he wearing heels? Get this man some heels!

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  • Anonymous

    Of course, we don’t really know if she was even ASKED to do the butt pose. Personally, Legolas would’ve been my first choice. Oh, and notice how it DOESN’T look ridiculous when you don’t try to make it look that way.

  • River

    I really really love this. Legolas butt and tough-chick Tauriel FTW.

  • jocelyn

    But his butt is completely hidden under hanging cloth…

  • Charmless

    The Divergent one is horrid. It looks like she’s rubbing her bum on his shoulder.

    I’m excited for Tauriel. I’ve put so much faith in Evangeline Lilly to pull this off and she’s not gonna let me down.

  • Anonymous

    It’s. A. Joke.

  • Cad Wallader

    WHOA WHOA WHOA. Why is she MAKING him strike a pose? Why can’t Legolas be the one deciding to show off the results of months of squats? Boo, Mary Sue.
    Legolas, keep doin’ your thing.

  • WonderScott

    Legolas needs to be wearing nothing by a Sylvan Speedo and have a touch more brokeback posturing, so we can see his pecs and bum simultaneously, in this pose to be truly titillating. /snark

  • Rebecca Pahle

    THANK you!

  • javakoala

    He needs to tooch a bit more. You’ve got to model h2t.

  • Madeleine Odowichuk

    Very lovely. Wonder if Eschergirls knows about this one.

  • Selkiechick

    Still the prettiest.

  • According2Robyn


  • Cain S. Latrani

    In fairness, Orlando Bloom has a very nice butt.

  • Anonymous

    Baby steps, baby steps! :-D

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell you what I told WonderScott: “Baby steps, baby steps!” :-D

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, notice how it could have always been men all along, & not just women?

  • Anonymous

    “We’re psychic.”


  • Anonymous

    Is there any truth to this “refusal incident”, or is this just your demented imaginary interpretive projection UPON the way the poster happened to be shot….?

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Yeah, we’re real tight with Peter Jackson’s Tauriel character, she tells us EVERYTHING.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    You might as well yell at me “I don’t like that you’re right!!!!” Read these comments. Is this “equality” Or OBJECTIFICATION REVENGE? You may not like that I’m RIGHT< but that doesn't make me wrong. Sorry.

  • Miss Cephalopod

    It’s a joke. It’s clearly meant to be, considering that it’s about the supposed intentions of a FICTIONAL character. Of course that fictional character never said anything.

  • javakoala


    noun: satire
    the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize
    people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I swear I actually heard a wooshing sound when I read his comment.


  • Anonymous

    My point is the projection UPON the poster. I KNOW it never really happened, THAT IS THE POINT. This is toxic BS, not “equality”. You may not like that she just got caught at it, but that’s what it is.

    I’m FOR equality, and I love and respect women. THIS is garbage from a sick hateful angry mind. It’s a pathological “objectification revenge” porn fantasy. If you can’t see that -even after I point out the obvious- I’m very sorry for you.

    Cheers anyway.

  • Anonymous

    They are CONSCIOUSLY doing to men, what they did not like done to them, and they’re enjoying it greatly. You can’t see that? This is why we never make real progress, just the superficial “narrative” of it. Be honest, you know this is not helpful or empowering. Why can’t you empower women without shitting on men? That is possible you know….

  • Anonymous

    I’m not the “make me a sandwich” guy. I’m on the side of REAL progress. This is NOT it. Sorry. I’m sure you mean well, but until someone SHOWS me how I’m inaccurate or wrong…..

  • Anonymous

    Ok, you obviously locked down “satire”. Now do “SARCASM”…..

  • Anonymous

    I wish you were, if this actually happened it would be less sad, spiteful and backwards. Say “hi” for me. Cheers

  • According2Robyn

    It’s a pathological “objectification revenge” porn fantasy.

    No one could argue with that.

    Because it’s crazy.

  • According2Robyn

    “If this actually happened,” it would mean that the barrier between fiction and reality had broken down.

    You know, like it has in your brain.

  • Anonymous

    Making up stories, are we?

  • According2Robyn


    The only reasonable explanation is that they posed Orlando like that so they could show off his butt and his breasts at the same time.


  • Sally Strange

    Aww, diddums!

  • Sally Strange

    I love and respect women

    Anyone who makes this claim earns my automatic distrust. No, obviously you do not love “women.” You do not respect “women.” You love and respect individuals who have earned your love and respect. If you’re not sexist, you do that without regard to gender or sex. People who make claims about loving AN ENTIRE GENDER are usually covering for something. Who knows, maybe you are the lone exception to this well-established rule, but your assy behavior and concern trolling doesn’t make me inclined to think so.

  • Sally Strange

    I’m not the “make me a sandwich” guy. I’m on the side of REAL progress. This is NOT it. Sorry. I’m sure you mean well, but until someone SHOWS me how I’m inaccurate or wrong…..

    Concern troll is concerned!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that Divergent one is terrible! Main character can’t even be front and center on her own poster, let alone without sexypose. Just… wow.

    Work, Legolas. Let’s get the wind machine blowing in here.

  • Anonymous

    Well, for one thing, people still like sexy. It does very well in all the focus groups. But part of that whole “sexism” thing was that guys were so uncomfortable with seeing sexy men it was regularly pushed to the sides. So part of equality is that the lady porn gets to be just as mainstream as the man porn.
    THAT’S why you’re inaccurate and wrong.

  • Ashe

    Why doesn’t he look like he’s in a constant orgasmic fit?

    This is some bull!

  • Mark Brown

    Now we just need Thranduil doing one.

    With the Party Elk in the background.

  • Angela Korra’ti (Highland)

    HEE! I am so on board with Tauriel. So very much not giving a damn that as Peter Jackson’s OC, she’s pretty much cementing Desolation of Smaug as “Most Expensive Fanfic Rewrite of Tolkien Ever”. She’s so damned awesome that I do not care. Bonus for Evangeline Lilly happily geeking out about Tolkien in recent interviews, too. <3

  • Gizmo

    Am I the only one who’s bothered by just the general composition of the photo? Man butt aside the way they have him center and her to the side makes a very unbalanced photo as far as my brain is concerned. =( There’s not nearly enough going on to the right of the poster.

  • David Zgurski

    Do dwarves have to be in this movie? And don’t elves feel comfortable in any climate? He needs to lose that elf-skirt. In the finale Smaug burns all his clothes off before he and Tauriel finally kill him. Go all the way and have the hot male be the one in the tattered rags covering only the naughty parts. Who wouldn’t go see that a dozen times?

  • S. McCandlish

    @Carmen Sandiego: My take on the ‘Divergent’ poster is different – I think she’s still the focus of the piece, which is clearly playing with poster stereotypes. The male figure is effectively submissive, like Conan’s “leg clinger” women, while the woman’s “butt pose” is consciously thwarted by the artist, who has heaped on shadows in Photoshop to remove anything titillating about it. While the shoulder-presenting pose isn’t very effective, I think it was intended to see aloof and independent. It just doesn’t work very well to highlight the character. In short, I think the artist was playing with “butt pose” on purpose, mockingly. Turning the guy into “crouching little monkey boy at her feet” is a pretty big clue, too.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to refuse to do a job you’re being paid to do.

  • Anonymous

    That is the stupidest thing I’ve read all day. Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    You are referencing the same pose that you use in your header, yes? Your post implies that you dislike the pose and hold that it’s unfair treatment of women yet you use it yourself. Maybe, the women pictured on the other posters don’t mind either.

  • Kagi Soracia

    And somehow the pose she’s actually in is way sexier anyway. (lesbian here, jmo)

  • Mariah Huehner

    Dude, chill with the hyperbole. And you aren’t right just because you declare yourself to be.

    Yes, the tone of this is, you know…cheeky. It’s pointing out a real problem, the fact that this poster doesn’t have it, and then said “strike a pose”. That’s the sum total of the “objectification”. The comments aren’t doing that either, they’re running with the joke and adding in other examples of how women are usually portrayed. These are all obvious things. That apparently ran screaming over your head and as far away from you as possible so that amount of you Missing The Point is stratospheric.

    “Objectification Revenge Porn Fantasy” sounds like a really awesome band title, though.

  • Heather Hancock

    Not to mention that Tris is meant to be under eighteen, and literally nowhere in the books is she sexualized.

  • Anonymous

    why is he wearing a long coat though :(

  • javakoala

    Because he has to be a lady in the streets and a …. well you know how this ancient proverb ends.

  • Heather Hancock

    Not to mention, Tris is sixteen, the main character, and never sexualizied in the books. =/

  • Anonymous

    Do you think we have any hope of a similar Nighwing pose on the poster for the Superman/Batman movie?

  • Jessy Southard Strohmeyer

    I think that’s supposed to be the company of dwarves winding their way up the tree on the right side. (Hard to tell without being in front of a large movie poster. It pixelates too much when I try to enlarge it here.) That’s probably why there’s nothing going on in the foreground on the right side.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t name a single actor who has played a superhero in the last few years who *couldn’t* be improved by that stance!

    Ok, Michael Chiklis. But that’s the exception!

  • Anonymous

    Good on you, Brian.

  • Anonymous

    Duke Lemongrab has spoken.

  • Iqeret

    That’s waiting for the ‘Elven Hotties of Middle Earth’ pin-up calendar. (o.0)

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, people would’ve thrown a fit if an original character got centre-stage on a poster with Legolas. He’s one of the franchise’s most iconic characters.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it is a nice butt…

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I’m afraid we’re going to have to agree to disagree. That exact pose has been so overused for decades upon decades. Its use here does not seem subversive at all.

  • Jo

    Legolas WERRRRRRRKIN’ it.

  • White Rose Brian

    *snickers then does the Minion voice* Bottom. *laughs in the same voice*

  • frodobatmanvader

    This article, and the whole thread attached to it, makes me happy with the world. :)

  • Brooke Michelle

    I’m guessing that pose is used on the header so that the figure can remain anonymous and facially generic, and be highly customizable.

  • Charlie

    This is funny and I hope it was deliberate, I love the action pose they have put her in. More of that please any artists and filmmakers who are listening. The Tauriel pose not the Legolas one…

  • Brooke Michelle

    Aaaaaand cue the MRA posts….

  • White__Rabbit

    I would much rather see MORE men butt pose than any female character. BRING IT ON!

  • Charlie

    Actually I think the header is a reference to Rosie the Riveter and is a side on pose.

  • Tesla

    This needs to be a thing. Is someone making that a thing?

  • Iqeret

    A girl can dream; I’d get one for a good shot of Haldir.

    And just imagine the pots of money they’d make from Legolas fangirls alone.

  • B.G. Paulus

    He probably *is* wearing heels (in some shots, at least); Orlando Bloom is “only” 5′ 11″.

  • Dessa Brewington

    That’s considered short in Hollywood!?

  • Facepalm

    Loving the hypocritical objectification by people who say that it’s the worst. Thing. Ever. When it happens to a woman.

  • Anonymous

    Legolas really pulls that off

  • Eldariel15 .

    He wasn’t in the hobbit because Tolkien hadn’t created him when he wrote the book, but he’s Thranduil’s son, and so he has every right to be in his homeland.

  • Anonymous

    I like that we need anomalies to show off man butts. And he’s not even showing it off, I mean come on.

  • Edlothia Laegolas

    Love this article! Posted a link on our Legolas / Thranduil site at . As far as I’m concerned, Legolas can butt pose all he wants! ;)

  • yu tube

    Welllll if he’s got the better lookin butt….

  • Kevin Bernard

    Tauriel pwns. She made TDoS for me, even when the script meandered far too much.

  • Jennifer Suhr

    Is there a way to share a full string of comments XD?

  • TrippedB

    I can see him sportin that eyeliner.