“Blonde” conveys an anti-abortion message, condemning American Planned Parenthood

Netflix Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, a film directed by Andrew Dominic of Netflix.


Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, a film directed by Andrew Dominic of Netflix.

Film – “Blonde” is not unanimous. The fantasy film about Marilyn Monroe, which has been on Netflix since September 28, has drawn criticism from abortion rights advocates in the United States. In Andrew Dominic’s new feature film, starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, the star undergoes two illegal, forced and traumatic abortions.

These scenes particularly shocked: Using photorealistic computer graphics, the film shows Monroe’s fetuses talking to her. The fetus of Marilyn Monroe in particular asks: “ You won’t hurt me this time, will you? For Planned Parenthood of America, three months after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, these sequences are involved in “Anti-abortion propaganda”.

While abortion is safe and essential health care, anti-abortion hardliners have long contributed to the stigmatization of abortion using medically inaccurate descriptions of fetuses and pregnancy, to remember Karen Spruch, National Director of the Arts and Entertainment Engagement and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, interview by The Hollywood Reporter. Andrew Dominik’s new movie, Blonde, reinforces their message with a talking fetus in CGI, depicted as a fully formed baby. »

“Disinformation and stigma”

And to add: “LamPlanned Parenthood respects artistic license and freedom. However, the fake images only serve to reinforce misinformation and perpetuate the stigma around sexual and reproductive health care.. Every outcome of pregnancy – especially a miscarriage – must be portrayed with sensitivity, authenticity and accuracy in the media. We still have a long way to go until everyone who has had an abortion can see themselves on screen. It’s a shame that the creators of “Blonde” chose to contribute to anti-abortion propaganda and stigmatized people’s health decisions instead. »

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In an interview with wrapDirector Andrew Dominic said he doesn’t see the film as anti-abortion and is just a matter of context. It is clear that people are worried about losing freedomshe argued. But no one would care if I had made the movie in 2008, and probably no one would care in four years. The movie will not change. It is just in tune with the times. »

Many critics have decried the reductive and hypersexual portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in this non-biographical film. On the TikTok platform, model Emily Ratajkowski accused the film of “female pain fetish”.

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