Sofia Carson has responded to the backlash she has received for her new Netflix movie Purple Hearts after people called out the script for being “s*xist and racist.”
During an interview with Variety, the twenty-nine-year-old actress and director of the movie, Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, opened up about their new project…
And admitted that they understood the frustration of fans and the criticism it has received.
Rosenbaum has hit back at critics and said: “I hope that people understand that in order for characters to grow, they need to be flawed in the beginning. So we very much intentionally created two characters that had been bred to hate each other.”
She further added: “They are flawed at the beginning and that was intentional. In order for the red heart and the blue heart to kind of turn purple, you have to have them be kind of extreme.”
“Why I fell in love with the movie is that it’s a love story but it’s so much more than that,” said Carson, who is an executive producer on the movie.
“It’s two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, who are really raised to hate each other. Through the power of love, they learn to lead with empathy and compassion and love each other and turn into this beautiful shade of purple.”
The movie is about a struggling songwriter named Cassie (played by Carson) who marries a marine just before he ships out to help pay for her health insurance to cover her type 1 diabetes.
The backlash comes from the script where there are several s*xist and racist comments.
One of which was a racist Arab joke.
One of the marines makes a toast, in which he comments: “This one is to life, love and hunting down some goddamn Arabs, baby!”
Despite the movie being called out for being racist and described as misogynistic and bigoted, it has been viewed for more than 100 million hours on the streaming service.
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