Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe film featuring Ana de Armas got another harsh criticism, this time from the almighty baby canceling machine called Planned Parenthood, which says the movie producers decided to “stigmatize people’s health care decisions.”
Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe biopic featuring Ana de Armas as the screen legend, has been a hot topic for debate since it debuted at the Venice Film Celebration on Sept. 8 and made its Netflix debut on Sept. 28. Film critics have called the film, which is based on Joyce Carole Oates’ 2000 novel with the same name, horrible and cruel for its depiction of Monroe’s life.
One string of that negative feedback has been the way Blonde decides to deal with abortion. The film portrays Monroe as having had two unlawful fetus removals, which were forced upon her despite her desire to bare the babies, showing regret. Through CGI, the film depicts Monroe’s embryos addressing her. “You won’t hurt me this time, will you?” an embryo asks Monroe. Arriving on screen just 90 days after the Supreme Court corrected Roe v. Wade, Blonde comes as numerous media outlets have been reflecting on their roles in the way abortion is perceived by people in general.
All things considered, Blonde is said to be moving in the wrong direction – but I suppose Disney is moving in the right direction? Yeah right. “As film and TV shape many people’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, it’s critical these depictions accurately portray women’s real decisions and experiences,” Caren Spruch, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national overseer of arts and entertainment, says The Hollywood Columnist. “While abortion is safe, essential health care, anti-abortion zealots have long contributed to abortion stigma by using medically inaccurate descriptions of fetuses and pregnancy. Andrew Dominik’s new film, Blonde, bolsters their message with a CGI-talking fetus, depicted to look like a fully formed baby.”
Spruch continued by saying, “Planned Parenthood respects artistic license and freedom. However, false images only serve to reinforce misinformation and perpetuate stigma around sexual and reproductive health care. Every pregnancy outcome – especially abortion – should be portrayed sensitively, authentically, and accurately in the media. We still have much work to do to ensure that everyone who has an abortion can see themselves onscreen. It is a shame that the creators of Blonde chose to contribute to anti-abortion propaganda and stigmatize people’s health care decisions instead.”
In a discussion, Dominik noted that he doesn’t consider the film to be against the decision and that the view of it as such stems in part from the timing of its delivery so not long after the correction of Roe. “People are obviously concerned with losses of freedoms,” he said. “But, I mean, no one would have given a sh*t about that if I’d made the movie in 2008, and probably no one’s going to care about it in four years’ time. And the movie won’t have changed. It’s just what’s sort of going on.”
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I would have to agree. It seems as though if something is released that goes against the grain of the left it will be plastered all over the news and criticized as being horrible. Yet, we have giant names like Disney slipping gay kisses into children’s cartoons or movies, but we hear nothing but silent nods to the ‘acceptance’.