Joyce Carol Oates, who wrote the book about which Blond is based, has delivered its verdict on the controversial adaptation.
The film stars Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe and features many imaginary scenes from the star’s life.
Oates has since weighed in on the Netflix adaptation of his 1999 book, which features a fictionalized take on the American icon’s life.
The author – who was not involved in the production of the film – considered it a “brilliant work of cinematic art obviously not for everyone”.
Since then, she has also defended director Andrew Dominik against criticism of sexism and misogyny in his portrayal of Monroe.
Since its release last week, the 18-rated film has generated huge controversy, with many viewers criticizing the film as “exploitative” of the star.
It features several scenes of violent sexual assault and also depicts Monroe as having had two illegal abortions against her, scenes which were criticized by viewers and Planned Parenthood as “anti-abortion propaganda”.
Responding to another person defending Dominik from ‘attacks’ made on him ‘because he’s a man’, Oates wrote: ‘I haven’t seen those attacks but it’s a shame since Andrew Dominik’s script (which I had seen years ago) had struck me as remarkably “feminist” in intent…
“There was an almost identical male perspective there with the primary objectives of #MeToo: to tell stories of women who have long been censored.”
One person replied to Oates, writing, “Do you believe speak softly would have been a better film if it had contained graphic scenes of the crime? I believe part of his power comes from his omission…”
The author replied, “I believe in the respective directors and actors and understand that film is a totally different medium than prose fiction, even though it is ‘based’ on prose fiction.”
In addition to the abortion scenes, another controversial moment in the film involves Marilyn performing a sex act on a character who closely resembles JFK (the actor, Caspar Phillipson, also played the president in Jackie).
Many viewers complained that the film was “unwatchable”, saying on social media that they couldn’t make it more than 20 minutes after. Blond before giving it up.