Lowe says his shirtless scenes in The Grinder are there to parody primetime dramas

Updated September 30, 2015 06:35 PM
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Rob Lowe says women aren’t the only ones getting treated as eye candy on TV.

Lowe plays an actor known for his role as a TV lawyer on Fox’s new comedy The Grinder and says the show parodies the objectification portrayed on primetime dramas – including hits from Shonda Rhimes.

“We did a whole sequence of why he left The Grinder. And the reason he left is he felt objectified,” Lowe told Vulture. “People go on and on about the objectification of women, and rightly so. But what about the objectification of men? When was the last time you saw Grey’s Anatomy?”

In a future segment of The Grinder, Jason Alexander plays the creator the show within the show. Part of the joke is Lowe’s character (The Grinder) is constantly asked to take off his shirt, and though he protests, he’s asked to do it once more.

“I very slowly and shamefully unbutton my shirt and then he looks at me and I realize what he wants to see is nipple,” Lowe said. “It’s a parody of that great Irene Cara scene in Fame, which I’ve never forgotten. There’s nothing funnier than a sad, shameful stripper – when played by a man.”

The Grinder airs Tuesdays (8:30 p.m. ET) on Fox.