Magazine article Out


Magazine article Out


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"Parents in the States freak out if their kids see a nipple or a butt cheek," said Oitr's November cover boy, Alexander Skarsgârd ("82 Reasons We Love Sweden"), discussing with Jonas Akerlund the differences between their Scandinavian homeland and the United States. "But at the same time they're OK with their kids watching people bash each other's heads in with baseball bats."

Over at E! Online, commenters were split on the smoldering Swede's statement, finding it either offensive or insightful. "Sounds like an elitist to me," wrote Ana. "My country is better than yours because... blah blah blah. Maybe he should try not to insult his audience base."

"I don't think he's being elitist," responded Hi. "For a liberal country such as ours (U.S.), we are prudes. Just popping in my head is the stink we give nursing mothers, actually demanding they feed their babies in the bathroom?!" Srsly brought up the fact that Skarsgård is most famous for his role on HBO's True Blood: "It seems a little bit hypocritical of him to criticize Americans for glorifying violence in the media while he sits back and collects a big fat paycheck for starring on one of the most violent American television shows. And if he thinks that American teens are undersexualized compared to Swedish teens, then keep me the heck out of Sweden!"

"I think Americans are open to the ideal of being more expressive, but blinded by a Quaker's theory of sexuality," wrote Becca Hughes on Out. …

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