The Netflix movie “Blonde” is based on a novel written by Joyce Carol Oates. Oates recently got into a Twitter fight with reporter Kira Davis. The battle didn't go as planned for Oates. She accused Kira of having white privilege. However… Kira is black. Oops. Oates took on her research into Marylin Monroe's life with reckless abandon. It was an inaccurate historical depiction.
Monroe scholar Scott Fortner described the film of “Blonde” as
….“a fairytale that straddles a very thin line between actual events in Marilyn Monroe’s life and the false narrative Oates fabricated for her novel,” he said. “In this film, Andrew Dominik has gone even further with graphic, grotesque and disturbing adaptations of the chapters in the book. It is the definition of exploitation. And worse, it is the assassination of a woman who isn’t even here to defend herself and clarify definitively what’s true and what’s false.”
Fortner said: “Nearly every scene in the film portrays a mistruth or fabricated event. It does not tell the true story of Marilyn Monroe.”
The director felt that the rape and graphic sex scenes were part of the Monroe story even though there's no evidence that they are valid in terms of storytelling or cinema. Oates was adamant about her trashy film:
“I think it was/is a brilliant work of cinematic art obviously not for everyone. surprising that in a post#MeToo era the stark exposure of sexual predation in Hollywood has been interpreted as ‘exploitation’. Surely Andrew Dominik meant to tell Norma Jeane’s (sic) story sincerely.”
In other words, she is saying, “I made it all up”
It was good that a Monroe expert criticized the film. The critics disliked it. It is clear why Planned Parenthood hated it too. Planned Parenthood hated it not because it was historical rubbish, Planned Parenthood hated the film for its depiction of babies in the womb and Marylin's grief about aborting her child. In the film, twice, it depicts fully formed babies and Marilyn reverently speaking to them. Also, it shows Marilyn being hesitant to have her baby aborted and the men who talk into her doing it. That's what angered Planned Parenthood. You cannot portray an expecting mother with sorrow over one miscarriage or abortion. One must show the fetus as a cluster of cells and the mother feeling content to get rid from their “burden.”
Planned Parenthood stated:
“As film and TV shapes (sic) many people’s understanding of sexual and reproductive health, it’s critical these depictions accurately portray women’s real decisions and experiences.
“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.”
Planned Parenthood was not upset by images that showed alleged rapes that were committed by men (like JFK). It was unhappy that a child in the womb appears to be a human being with a beating heart, soul, and life.
The film isn't perfect, however the fact that it angered Planned Parenthood was definitely a benefit.