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Netflix Movie Has Controversial Scenes of Women Being Treated Badly But Female Execs Say It’s Accurate

Mar 26, 2019  •  Post A Comment

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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One Comment

  1. How do you tell a true story without telling the truth? The 1980’s is not 2018. Without this information how can #me too or any other organization point to the things that are inappropriate in today’s world. There are many things that happened in the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s that were inappropriate, but whitewashing those things will not change what happened, and will not allow us to point out the ignorance of those people that participated. Perhaps this can be used by #metoo to shed light on, and help end the misogyny that continues in the music industry today.

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