Model, actress and author Emily Ratajkowski took to TikTok to criticize Marilyn Monroe’s new film, claiming it “fetishizes female pain.” (Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)
Emily Ratajkowski slams new Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde for “fetishizing female pain.”
The supermodel and actress, who admitted she hasn’t seen the Netflix movie starring Ana de Armas as the iconic movie star, slammed the film on her TikTok account, declaring she’s starting her “bitch era 2022.”
“So I’ve heard a lot about this Marilyn Monroe film ‘Blonde’ that I haven’t seen, but I’m not surprised to hear that it’s another film that fetishizes female pain, even in death,” she said Ratajkowski, 31, explaining to the camera. “We love to fetishize female pain. Check out Amy Winehouse. Check out Britney Spears. Check out how obsessed we are with it [Princess] Diana’s death. Look how obsessed we are with dead girls and serial killers. Watch any CSI episode and it’s this crazy fetishization of female pain and death.”
The Gone Girl actress added that she herself has learned to turn her pain into a commodity.
“I think as women, I can say that for myself, I’ve learned to fetishize my own pain and pain, so it feels like something to take care of, that’s kind of sexy. ‘Oh, I’m the fucked up girl and whatever, and I think we do it in many, many different ways,’ she said. ‘But I want that to change.’
Ratajkowski went on to say that she encourages women to embrace their anger and is declaring the rest of the year to be her “bitch era.”
“I’ve been thinking about it, and you know what’s hard to fetishize? Fury. Anger is hard to fetishize. So I have a suggestion. I think we all need to be a little more pissed off. It will be me in my witching days. 2022, baby, is my bitch time,” explained Ratajkowski, who last month filed for divorce from her husband of four, Sebastian Bear-McClurd. “I think we should all be in our bitch era see this movie, I already know it, but it’s nothing new. Yeah, it just makes me angry.”
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The film, directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates which fictionalizes Monroe’s eventful life and death at the age of 36, has garnered some strong reviews. Planned Parenthood issued a statement accusing the film of contributing to “anti-abortion propaganda” with its depictions of two abortions.
Ratajkowski, who published a book called My Body in 2021, often speaks about sexism. Last month, she spoke at the 10th annual Forbes Power Women’s Summit, where she declared that “sexism is bad for everyone, including men.”
“I think toxic masculinity is a big problem and we’re feeling the effects of that, but men live with it too,” Ratajkowski said, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported. “As someone who has a son, I think about it a lot. It’s very important for me to extend this conversation to men.”