Tuesday, June 3, 2008

As far as I'm concerned . .

Blue Lagoon should be declared child pornography and ripped from the shelves, the director and producers should go to prison for peddling child pornography, and Brooke's parents should be arrested for child abuse.

She was fifteen years old.

Before you disagree on the child abuse part, watch the movie Pretty Baby starring 13 year old Brooke Shields, then decide. (All of the above goes for that movie, too.)


Kay said...

I haven't seen either one and I don't think I will. I've heard they're pretty bad. Even some of those jeans ads she was in were pretty racy for such a young girl. Designed to illicit only one response, well, two. Lust and envy.

She seems to have avoided many of the pitfalls so many child stars get into, though. At least as far as I know.

You are right, though. A lot of adults have a lot to be accountable for in too many of these kids' lives. Look at Judy Garland - "here's a pill, wake up." "here's a pill, go to sleep." Poor thing.

I don't know how they got away with it. If it were some guy in his basement taking films of his daughter like that...

XDPaul said...

Shields wrote (generously, in my opinion) of her abusive mother and her struggle with depression in her well-written (but probably not as depth-plumbing as it could have been) "Down Came the Rain."

Now, everyone carries baggage with them, but I do find it worth noting that, since Shields' underaged exploitation, she hasn't appeared in overtly sexual roles. In fact, I'd argue that the roles that she's had in adulthood reflect her control over the sort of exploitation that her peers have fallen for under the guise of empowerment.

I'm not saying it was good that Shields was exploited so awfully when young - quite the contrary. Just that suffering that exploitation early may have raised her awareness of both its draw and its cruelty, and awareness that is more commonly absent in Hollywood than it is present.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

You're right, Kay. If you have millions and connections, you can get away with a lot.

That's a good point, XD. There's not enough data to conclude if her scenario would be repeated or not with other actresses. However, as you said: no matter what positive outcome may have been produced, the unintended ends do not justify the intended means.

And even if you're completely correct, I'm sure you'd agree that we can now (or even 27 yrs ago)take those movies off the shelves and declare the lesson learned.

Nicole said...

At Robert Redford's Sundance Festival last year, Dakota Fanning was depicted being raped, apparently in a very realistic scene, in an independent film. Believe it or not, it shocked a lot of people from the industry, and I haven't heard of the film being distributed anywhere.

Do these kids have parents?

Kaci said...

I think I'll agree. I'd never heard of either (which is normal if you know me) so I had Google look it up for me. All I did was read the synopsis, and, oy.