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Planned Parenthood accuses ‘Blonde’ of ‘anti-abortion propaganda’ with CGI Talking Fetus

Blond garnered plenty of strong reactions in its first week on Netflix, and now the Marilyn Monroe biopic is being slammed by a national organization for its portrayal of abortion. Andrew Dominik’s drama includes two brutal abortion scenes and a depiction of a talking fetus, which Planned Parenthood called irresponsible, accusing Blond to advance the anti-abortion agenda in a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter.

Caren Spruch, national director of arts and entertainment engagement for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, spoke out against Blond at THRtelling the outlet that Dominik’s film mishandled the sensitive topic of reproductive rights.

“As film and television shape many people’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, it’s critical that these portrayals accurately portray women’s real decisions and experiences,” Spruch said. “While abortion is safe and essential health care, anti-abortion zealots have long contributed to the stigma of abortion by using medically inaccurate portrayals of fetuses and pregnancy. Andrew Dominik’s new film , Blondreinforces their message with a talking fetus in CGI, depicted as a fully formed baby.

Spruch continued, “Planned Parenthood respects artistic license and freedom. However, the fake images only reinforce misinformation and perpetuate stigma around sexual and reproductive health care. Every pregnancy outcome – especially abortion – must be portrayed with sensitivity, authenticity and accuracy in the media.

“We still have a lot of work to do so that everyone who has an abortion can see themselves on screen,” she said. “It is unfortunate that the creators of Blond chose to contribute anti-abortion propaganda and stigmatize people’s healthcare decisions instead.

Despite concerns from Planned Parenthood, Dominik insisted his film was non-political and specifically addressed Blondin an interview with Decider posted Sept. 28, the day the film premiered on Netflix.

“I wrote the thing in 2008. I’m not trying to comment on anything,” the director said. “I didn’t think of [the abortion debate] at all. It’s about Norma’s feelings about it, and Norma’s feelings about it are valid. It doesn’t exist in 2022. It’s not about 2022. It’s about the 1950s.”

Decider’s Anna Menta Analyzed BlondDominik’s stance on abortion in an essay published Thursday (September 29), shortly after the film’s streaming debut, writing that Dominik’s film “vilifies the concept of abortion, while simultaneously humanizing the concept of unborn foetus.

“Here is a film that affirms that not only does life (and conversation!) begin at conception, but that any woman who chooses to have an abortion will be plagued with regret, guilt and trauma for the rest of her life” , she added. continued. “It’s like Dominik taking notes from the Catholic Church itself.”

Blond is now streaming on Netflix.



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