Last night I happened upon an episode of Inside Edition when a report about Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" was teased. Having just watched the movie and thinking it was one of the best films of the year — and easily Natalie Portman's finest performance — I stuck around to see the report.
Inside Edition returned from a commercial break with the headline "Does Black Swan Glamorize Anorexia?"
The report pulled quotes from various pro-skinny websites. All of the websites are open host blogs that can be created by anyone — I have my own blog with the same host as two of them. A psychologist featured in the report called the film "eating disorder porn" that encourages girls to drop to dangerous weights.
I cannot help but think the psychologist has never actually watched the movie. Apart from Natalie Portman being skinny the film has absolutely nothing to do with weight or anorexia (unless you considered saying no to a piece of cake a sure sign of anorexia-if so, start calling me Karen Carpenter).
And if the film does anything to anorexia, ballet, or complete dedication to a craft it is the exact opposite of glamorizing. In a nutshell the film shows how insane it is to immerse yourself so deeply into any one aspect of your life.
Seriously, people, stop casting shadows over movies, books, video games or anything of that nature with fabricated controversy.
That's my rant for today.