Emily Ratajkowski slams Blonde movie for 'obsessing over dead girls'

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Emily Ratajkowski slams Blonde movie for 'obsessing over dead girls'

Featured Image Credit: @emrata/TikTok/Netflix

Emily Ratajkowski has slammed Netflix’s new Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde for ‘fetishizing female pain’, saying society loves to ‘obsess over dead girls and serial killers’. 

The film, which is based on the bestselling 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates and sees Ana De Armas portray the legendary star, carries an extremely rare 'adults only' rating – the first Netflix original film to carry such a severe rating. 

It has divided critics and cinemagoers alike, with many people expressing their disapproval over director Andrew Dominik’s depiction of sexual assault and trauma. 


This includes model and actor Ratajkowski, who took to TikTok to share her take on the matter, writing in the video’s caption: “So done with the fetishization of female pain and suffering. B***h Era 2022.” 

Speaking to the camera, the 31-year-old said in her video: “So, I’ve been hearing a lot about this Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde, which I haven’t seen yet, but I’m not surprised to hear that it’s yet another movie fetishizing female pain, even in death. 

“We love to fetishize female pain – look at Amy Winehouse, look at Britney Spears, look at the way we obsess over [Princess] Diana’s death. The way we obsess over dead girls and serial killers – watch any CSI episode and it’s like this crazy fetishization of female pain and death.” 

Ratajkowski said that, as a woman, she had ‘learnt to fetishize’ her own pain and hurt so that ‘it feels like something that can be tended to, that’s kind of sexy’. 

Ratajkowski said the film 'fetishizes female pain'. Credit: TikTok/@emrata
Ratajkowski said the film 'fetishizes female pain'. Credit: TikTok/@emrata

"I’m like this ‘f***ed up girl’," she said, adding that this was something we as society do in many different ways. 

"But I want that to change,” Ratajkowski continued. 

“I was thinking about it, and you know what’s hard to fetishize? Anger. Anger is hard to fetisihize. 

“So I have a proposal: I think we all need to be a little p***ed off. I’m gonna be in my witch era. 2022, baby, is my b***h era. I think we should all be in our b***h era. 

“So I’m gonna be p***ed off at this movie, I already know it. But it’s nothing new, and I’m just gonna get angry.” 

Amid the criticism about exploitation, Ana de Armas said she didn't feel exploited filming nude scenes for the film. 

The 34-year-old told Entertainment Weekly: "It's harder for people to watch [those scenes] than for me to make them, because I understood what I was doing and I felt very protected and safe.

Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Credit: Netflix
Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Credit: Netflix

"I didn't feel exploited because I was in control. I made that decision. I knew what the movie I was doing. I trusted my director. I felt like I was in a safe environment. 

"We had hundreds of conversations about these scenes. Everyone felt a deep respect for the movie we were making. And in that sense, I had no fear. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all, even though they were really hard scenes." 

UNILAD has reached out to Netflix for comment.

Blonde is available to watch on Netflix now. 

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected] 

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Celebrity

Jess Hardiman
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