A new movie that just started streaming on Netflix is getting a lot of attention — and generating more than its share of controversy.
“The fallout from Friday’s premiere of Netflix’s few-holds-barred Motley Crue biopic, ‘The Dirt,’ began even before the film, which focuses on the quartet’s ‘80s-‘90s decade of decadence, was released,” Variety reports. “The group’s ill treatment of many women in their orbit is a matter of public record, and is depicted both seriously and unsettlingly light-heartedly in the film, leading many journalists to question whether the depiction is tone-deaf in the era of #MeToo.”
The report notes that Stereogum ram a story with the headline “’The Dirt’ Is a Terrible Movie About Terrible People,” while Lorraine Ali wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “It’s as if the film arrived in a bubble, unaware that the culture has moved on and that Netflix is brimming with content written, directed and starring strong women.”
Variety interviewed female music-business professionals who worked during the era — including journalists, agents, managers and two of Motley Crue’s former publicists — to determine whether the mysogyny depicted in the movie is accurate, and reports that “the collective short answer is an unequivocal yes.”
“At least three of those professionals said they have #MeToo stories that they chose not share, and all said that overall, they found their careers in the music industry more rewarding than troubled,” Variety reports. “Yet many also expressed a collateral concern: that a younger generation will want to emulate the behavior depicted in the film.”
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