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Black Swan - Eating Disorder Porn?

The new movie, "Black Swan," is all about the world of ballerinas and the world of competitive dancing.

Natalie Portman‘s character not only shows signs of anorexia—she’s also bulimic. How can this not seem glamorous to teens and women seeing the movie since? Natalie’s character also totally loses it in a crazy downward spiral.

For their roles in the movie, both Natalie and Mila Kunis lost about 20 pounds each—a lot considering that they are both very petite to begin with. Mila famously spoke out on hating how she looked and felt while filming. “I went down to 95 pounds. I weigh 117 usually, like today. I looked like Gollum,” she says. “It took me five months to lose 20 pounds, but it took me just five days—days!—to gain it all back.”

My thoughts? This isn't a movie I'll be going to, nor will I be taking my daughters. Why add one more trigger?

Comments

It was a beautiful movie and

It was a beautiful movie and it did not in any way glamourize eating disorders. If anything it was the very opposite of such, though this movie as beautiful as it is, is VERY dark and has some very disturbing scenes which are quite honestly not suitable for children. At all. (a semi graphic lesbian scene(kissing, and cunnlings, no nudity), skin/nail being ripped off, nina masturbates twice, gore etc)

The actresses had to be thin, but that's how a ballerina is suppose to look, lean with very little body fat and heavy muscle tone. There is actually nothing that really talks about any of the characters having an eating disorder(Lily smokes, Nina throws up though throughout the movie she's suffering from hallucinations and psychosis and is obviously stressed and she never actually makes herself sick)

As for scenes which have "signs" of an eating disorder, there are only 2 really (the main character throws up quickly after a psychosis attack from the stress, and one where she is hesitant to eat a piece of cake) none of these are very prominent or important in the movie anyhow.

Overall this was a beautiful but dark movie, and it would be best to see the movie before you judge it as "Eating disorder Porn"