Eve (eveofrevolution) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Molly Ringwald revisits Hughes' movies in the wake of #metoo

+ Praises John Hughes for his movies which took teenagers seriously, but calls attention to his blind spots regarding sexual assault

+ Points to Hughes' previous writings for National Lampoon Magazine, which involved several stories involving rape

+ Discusses her issues with The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles in hindsight, specifically the sexual harassment/implied assault in both The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles

+ Met with Haviland Morris, the woman who played Caroline in Sixteen Candles to discuss her opinion on her character being [tw: rape]blackout drunk and "traded" by her boyfriend to the geek character so he could have sex with her. Morris doesn't have a problem with the scene, and said, "not saying that it’s O.K. to then be raped or to have nonconsensual sex...[but] here’s a girl who gets herself so bombed that she doesn’t even know what’s going on."

+ Concludes that the movies are important works of art, but the conversations around them should continue to evolve with the times.


It's a long but interesting piece, imo, worth the read!

Favorite John Hughes film?
Tags: 1980s, actor / actress, sexism, sexual misconduct
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