Movie Review: Bombshell

by @edent | #

Three identikit blonde white women stare at the camera.

When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world.

This is a grim film.

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted or harassed. Toxic work environments need to be tackled and dismantled. But the protagonists - so the dramatisation goes - all willingly work to create a toxic environment for others. This doesn't mean they're culpable in their horrific experiences - just that I found it hard to muster much compassion for them.

I don't watch Fox News - so I've no idea how accurate a portrait it is, perhaps it is just an effective piece of propaganda. Apparently everyone who works there is white, and only blondes were harassed. Perhaps the culture extended to the mailroom and janitors? But those stories aren't as profitable to tell.

It's an ugly story about ugly things happening to ugly people and I found it hard to stomach.

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