"Smile!" is a suggestion often given to women from random men passing by who seem to take issue with their natural facial expression. This is the problem tackled in a new feminist endorsement of Hillary Clinton in which a stranger whispers "Smile" into the ear of a woman on the street.
Delivered in what he imagines to be a sensual voice, he enters an imaginary world where beautiful women smile at him adoringly. The woman he instructed to smile then catches up with him, leans in for the kiss then bites his ear off. Wiping blood gleefully from her mouth, she grins as Star Spangled Banner plays. The video closes with a call for Hillary 2016, fitting for a campaign in which gender has been one of the core dividing issues.
Creator of the film Ginny Leise spoke to Babe about her inspiration for the video, saying: "I've been fascinated by the specific type of street harassment where men whisper in women's ears as they pass by. It's an insidious, almost invisible form of the standard hollering-after-you cat calling."
"Street harassment isn't just a nuisance – it's scary – so we used classic horror film tropes to a create a sense of uneasiness and suspense."
"Secondly, sexism and sexual assault have emerged as two of the most hot button issues in this presidential election so flipping the power dynamic in gendered violence felt especially poignant and powerful."
If only Hillary Clinton had more time to make ear-biting a core part of her campaign message, maybe Mike Tyson wouldn't be voting for Donald Trump. Oh well.