Planned Parenthood Criticizes Netflix’s ‘Blonde’ for Contributing to ‘Anti-Abortion Propaganda’

After making its debut on Netflix on September 28, “Blonde” by Andrew Dominick has received a severe wave of criticism among viewers for various reasons, mainly focusing on its portrayal and fictionalization of life Marilyn Monroe, described as “cultivated”. Now Planned Parenthood has issued a statement against the film, alleging that it contributes to “anti-abortion propaganda”.

In the film, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same title, Monroe (played by Ana de Armas) is forced to undergo two illegal abortions, both of which leave a lasting scar on the Hollywood star. One scene in particular shows Monroe talking to a CGI photographic version of her unborn fetus, who sympathetically questions her about her own fate asking, “You won’t hurt me this time, will you?”

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As the film industry takes a deeper look at its depictions of abortion in light of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, Planned Parenthood’s national director of Arts and Entertainment Caren Spruch joined in the conversation, saying that the performance could represent. harmful

“As film and television shape many people’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, it is vital that these representations accurately reflect women’s real decisions and experiences. “While abortion is safe, essential health care, anti-abortion zealots have long contributed to the stigma of abortion by using medically inaccurate descriptions of fetuses and pregnancies,” Spruch said in a statement shared with him. Diversity. “Andrew Dominik’s new film, ‘Blonde,’ reinforces their message with a CGI talking fetus, depicted as a fully formed baby.”

“Planned Parenthood respects artistic license and freedom, but false images only serve to reinforce misinformation and perpetuate stigma around sexual and reproductive health care. All pregnancy outcomes – especially abortion – should be portrayed sensitively, authentically and accurately in the media,” Spruch added. “We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that 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 stigmatize people’s health care decisions instead.”

The Hollywood Reporter the first report of a Planned Parenthood statement.

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