"In so many films and TV shows, we see gratuitous female nudity, and that's not OK," Bacon says in his PSA. "Well, it's OK — but it's not fair to actresses, and it's not fair to actors because we want to be naked, too."
To combat that inequality, we must "free the bacon," by which "of course I mean your wiener," as Bacon says.
Bacon did his jokey PSA as part of Mashable's Watercooler this week, with the Philly native waxing poetic over the lack of nude men as compared to nude women in Hollywood productions. And he feels so strongly about the subject that, in fact, he will "play a naked wizard or something" on Game of Thrones if they'll let him.
Which maybe — and I can't believe I'm saying this — is a good idea. After all, look at the fate of Bacon's The Following.
"Sore subject, but The Following didn't have a single shot of my penis, and now it's cancelled" Bacon says. "Surprise, surprise."
To accomplish Bacon's goal of freeing the bacon, he suggests that men tweet photos of their genitals under the #FreeTheBacon hashtag, which maybe is not entirely advisable. So, sadly, it appears that inequality of nudity may live on yet.
Still, though, Bacon's concerns are real: A 2013 study found that one-third of female speaking characters in Hollywood films appear on-screen partially naked or in sexually revealing attire.
The percentage of men appearing partially naked, meanwhile, stood at 7 percent.