Trek sorry for 'gratuitous' bra scene

03:20, May 21 2013
Star Trek
Alice Eve's underwear scene in Star Trek Into Darkness has come under fire.

A lot of people were disappointed with Star Trek: Into Darkness.

The bosses at Paramount Pictures, which bankrolled the movie, were disappointed the movie didn't score $US100 million in its opening weekend in the US (they had to settle for a meagre $US83 million).

Fans of the original Star Trek were disappointed that director J.J Abrams is turning their beloved series into Star Wars.

And female audiences were disappointed that the film's makers had actress Alice Eve strip down to her underwear for no apparent reason whatsoever.

Eve's character in Star Trek Into Darkness is supposed to be an incredibly intelligent scientist but many women, and a lot of men, have complained that Abrams and Co treated her character like "eye candy".

Disappointed with the v gratuitous and pointless shot of Alice Eve in her underwear from a film maker I expected more from. #IntoDarkness

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One critic even asked: "Did the (male) creative team of Star Trek Into Darkness strip Alice Eve down for the good of the story, or the good of the promotion of the movie?"

Producer and writer Damon Lindelof tried to laugh off the complaints in an interview with MTV this week: "Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there's a very good answer for that. But I'm not telling you what it is. Because... uh... MYSTERY?"

After that response enraged fans further, he took to Twitter to apologise.

I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress.

We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies.Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic.

What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future.

Also, I need to learn how to spell "misogynistic."

Eve herself tried to defend the scene, saying it spoke to the sexuality of the characters: "There is sexuality throughout the movie. Chris (Pine) comes in in a very skin-tight suit and you... can see him. He has his top off at the beginning. Benedict (Cumberbatch) did a shower scene that wasn't in the movie. I think that to ignore an element of sexuality is to ignore an element of humanity."

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