What's more disturbing than watching a film that simulates rape? Being an actual person in the world that experienced rape.
It's time for Hollywood to halt these types of scenes in films and television.
Why? It's not actually happening?
Oh, but it is. Rape is real, turn on the news once in a while. Let's get this straight, as well. Not every rape scene in films have been simulated.
Yeah, right? Let's ask Director Bernardo Bertolucci.
In a 2013 interview, Bertolucci admitted that actress Maria Schneider, was unaware of the rape scene in the 1972 film, Last Tango In Paris, prior to the day of shooting.
It is utterly disgusting that this conniving director planned a rape on camera, leaving his leading lady in the dark. Oh, Bertolucci didn't know that wasn't okay, and thinks now that he should have called a lawyer or agent, "because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that.” We thought Maria Schneider was just a good actress.
What's worse than getting into a good film/television show that is suddenly interrupted by a brutal act of crime? Having flashbacks to when it actually happened to you. That's what some women have to deal with when simply wanting to watch a movie/television show.
These certain movie/TV watchers have to remember to look up a movie before watching it to make sure that they can even get through it without being viciously caught off guard and reminded of the worst thing that ever happened to them.
So, why continue to include rape scenes? What value does that add to the film?
If the film happens to be based on a novel, wouldn't it be grand if Hollywood could settle for implication? Have the audience assume it happened to understand the character to their core?
There is no value. It isn't typical to hear, "Oh, that movie would've been nothing without that rape scene." In fact, if it was heard, that's an indirect threat to what could be a future attack by the sicko who spewed those words. Stop glorifying rape by putting it on the big screen.
A rapist may view that rape scene in a way the director hadn't intended.
The news covers the detrimental occurrences enough. Hollywood, empathize with survivors, families of survivors, and the actors and actresses who stand against sexual violence every day.
Keep it off the screen.