The film industry has always been riddled with controversy after controversy but there are just some films that have not aged well at all... And Keira Knightley has recently spoken out about one of the biggest issues...
The actress' comments have, yet again, revealed the dark workings of the industry...
But not everyone was happy with how she exposed directors and the scenes they pick in particular.
The news comes after a whole bunch of movies have been deemed "inappropriate" in 2021.
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While some people think it is because of the "snowflake generation," others have claimed it's because they are just plain offensive.
It has been said that "cancel culture" was ruining the vintage era.
But to be honest, certain industries do need a good cleanse and the film industry is probably the biggest one.
From predatorial directors to questionable casting choices...
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Here are some old movie scenes that would never work in the millennial world, including the ones that Keria Knightley has called out for their "inappropriate" intimate scenes.
Keep scrolling to see exactly what she has claimed she won't be doing them anymore.
Let's start with The Graduate.
via: YouTubeProduced in 1967, this movie isn't generally considered outdated, but highly problematic for its portrayal of one particular social issue.
If you've watched the movie, you'll know that there were several points to pick up on...
via: YouTubeAnd one of the main ones isn't even the drastic age difference between leading characters or that Benjamin Braddock hooked up with Mrs. Robinson and then started dating her daughter, but it's very questionable...
It's this part of the storyline...
via: YouTubeSo, in one scene, Mrs. Robinson "seduces" Braddock by taking him to a room and removing her clothes but later on the film, she then goes on to falsely accuse him of rape.
According to the FBI, however, only 8% of rapes are actually false.
via: YouTubeBut the Graduate made it seem like it was a thing women did often and very easily. Studies have stated movies such as this one actually perpetuate false accusations and can lead to issues in society... Cough, Brett Kavanaugh, cough.
And in a similar case, Gone With The Wind also gave us some problematic scenes.
via: YouTubeMade in 1939, you can probably imagine just how controversial this sort of film would be now.
Its portrayal of harmful Black stereotypes really rubbed people up the wrong way.
via: YouTubeEven at the time, there was some outrage about the issue. That must say something. Not only that, but there was also a horrible rape scene that conveyed that women actually enjoy being assaulted.
Another classic that has been added to this list is none other than the '90s classic that is American Beauty.
via: YouTubeLester Burnham's inappropriate obsession with a sixteen-year-old is not just uncomfortable to watch, it is nauseating.
And things got worse as we found out that Kevin Spacey was actually accused of sexual misconduct...
via: YouTubeSo people have rightfully barred that film from ever being played again. Thank God.
However, at the time, it was commended as a work of art.
via: YouTubeDespite being problematic as hell, the movie won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Big yikes or big yikes?
So what is up with men sexualizing very young women in the industry?
It's no secret that this has been a trend over the past few years but now the behavior is being called out by prominent stars in the industry, including Keira Knightley who had a lot to say on the issue.
In an interview with the director, Lulu Wang and writer-producer, Diane Solway on the Chanel Connects podcast, she talked about her discomfort with doing intimate scenes.
Knightley said the "male gaze" and her own personal vanity with the decision of stepping away from doing them.
Of course, a lot of people supported her decision...
However, others weren't too happy about her comments, stating that she was just trying to be "woke."
The actress said this:
"If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body acceptance, I feel like, I'm sorry, but that would have to be with a female film-maker. I don't have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men."
"I don't want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you're all greased up and everybody is grunting. I'm not interested in doing that."
"I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze," she added.
"Saying that, there's times where I go, 'Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot.'
"So, therefore, you can use somebody else because I'm too vain and the body has had two children now and I'd just rather not stand in front of a group of men naked."
She then went on to talk about how the male desire has been widely explored in TV and film.
"We all empathize with men hugely because, culturally, their experience is so explored. We know so many aspects of even male sexuality. But we don't feel like men can say, 'Yes, I understand what you're talking about because I've got this wealth of art and film and theatre and TV from your point of view.'"
Let's just hope directors start taking this into consideration when they next direct an intimate scene.
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