The new movie, “Blonde,” makes the extremely controversial choice of humanizing an unborn human child.
The movie focuses on Marilyn Monroe and the controversy surrounds one scene in particular. Monroe’s child speaks to her from the womb saying “mom, you won’t hurt me this time, will you?” And when she says “you’re not the same baby,” her child says “it’s always me.”
This scene sent the left into a frenzy and outlets blasted the scene as “propaganda.” The Independent called the scene “appalling” and said that it pushes a radical “anti-abortion agenda.” The Verge called it “propaganda dressed up as art.”
Here is the scene in question:
Planned Parenthood, America’s primary abortion provider railed against the film with rage. Caren Spruch, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national director of arts and entertainment engagement, railed against the film in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “As film and TV shapes many people’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, it’s critical these depictions accurately portray women’s real decisions and experiences.”
She went on to defend murdering children as a medical need and a “right” of women to kill their babies. “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.”
He went on to say that “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.” Spruch concluded that the movie works to “stigmatize people’s health care decisions.”
The director of “Blonde,” Andrew Dominik had a few words to say in response. He told The Wrap:
“I think the movie is pretty nuanced actually, and I think it’s very complex, but that doesn’t fit — people are obviously concerned with losses of freedoms, obviously they are. But, I mean, no one would have given a s*** 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 sort of going on.”
He went on to call out Planned Parenthood’s own propaganda. “They’ve got a certain agenda where they feel like the freedoms of women are being compromised, and they look at ‘Blonde’ and they see a demon, but it’s not really about that. I think it’s very difficult for people to step outside of the stories they carry inside themselves and see things of their own volition.”
At the end of the day, the movie is difficult to watch. The film is thick with nudity and battles with very uncomfortable themes. It is, however, a very uncommon and refreshing thing to see a film humanize unborn children. In the womb, a baby has an observable heartbeat only 6 weeks after conception. By 15 weeks, he or she can feel pain. It’s absurd to argue that an unborn child is not a human and it’s about time that media would reflect it.
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