I have yet to see a movie starring young actress Dakota Fanning. From everything I’ve been able to gather she seems to be a fine young talent.
But her latest offering has the 12-year old actress mired in controversy.
At a festival that features several films with sexual content, including full male nudity and a documentary about bestiality, a southern Gothic tale that includes the rape of a young girl is causing the biggest stir.
"Hounddog" is the story of Lewellen, a girl played by 12-year-old Dakota Fanning, who is growing up in the 1960s South. She is a free- spirit obsessed with Elvis Presley and has little supervision by her abusive father and alcoholic grandmother.
Wow!! That’s a far cry from her role as Fern in the movie Charlotte’s Web.
Our friend and fellow blogger Katie had an interesting take on this whole situation. Keep in mind that Katie, who has a 12-year old daughter herself, has been described by one critic as “Erma Bombeck on meth”.
Don't you love how Dakota, at the ripe old age of 13, is finally doing her "time to go all gritty and adult" thing in her new movie in which she gets brutally raped? File that one under WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THAT CHILD'S PARENTS???
"Hi honey, how was work today?"
"Um, OK I guess. We had to film that scene where I get raped. I wish I could do more movies about pigs and spiders and stuff."
"Sweetie, we talked about this. You're getting to be a big girl and it's time you graduated from 'kid' movies. Sighhhh... Sometimes little girls get raped. It's not fun, but it's real, and you need to start thinking about that if you don't want that kid from 'Little Miss Sunshine' to take all your roles. Because then your career will end and I won't love you anymore."
Ah, but in young Dakota’s eyes her parents are using this film as some sort of life lesson.
"I'm going to be a freshman in high school in September, and I think it would be irresponsible of my parents not to let me know of things that happen and to try not to get yourself in uncomfortable situations," she said. "It's educational."
Whoever coined the phrase “learn by doing” certainly didn’t have this in mind.