Hounddog rape scene causes controversy
There's been a little bit of concern over Dakota Fanning's latest film Hounddog, where a she is depicted in a rape scene. A couple of predictable sources have spoken out about the film without apparently knowning anything about how the scenes were actually shot, and there are calls to boycott the film from distribution, and even to bring criminal charges to bear.
Petersen seems to have used that popular word of the press "alleged" to say some very serious accusations out about the film:
...an independent film alleged to feature Dakota, not yet in her teens, totally naked and actually assaulted on film in a realistic portrait of the rape...
In his second part he goes even further:
Dakota Fanning is the latest young actress asked to portray the victim of a sexual assault, but this time around the rape is filmed graphically and features the fully naked 12 year-old being attacked.
Wow, that sounds terrible and totally illegal. Then you start to find out about the scene from people that were actually there. Through the Starpulse story Deborah Kampmeier the director says:
"Exactly how I was going to film the rape scene was articulated quite specifically in the script, and her mother, her agent, and her teacher/child welfare worker were all present for the scene, which was carried out exactly as we discussed it. I had to hide the fact that this girl is not naked. I had to hide the fact that there is not a boy on top of this girl having sex... I shot her face. I didn't shoot flesh against flesh..."
She's not the only one who was actually there and involved to defend the scene...
Over at Amy Archerd her mother says:
"This is not an exploitive movie. It is real life and unfortunately this is what happens in real life. Dakota is very proud of it. And she is not shown nude."
Her agent says:
"Do they think we have rocks in our head? You do see her face — a lightning shot -- maybe 15 seconds."
So it seems like there's fifteen seconds of her face, she's fully clothed during the scene with no one around her. Then through the use of such amazing modern techniques such as camera work, editing, and perhaps even some special effects, they make it look like it's a bit more real than it is.
So now "family groups" and "christian groups" are up in arms without looking to the facts of the matter or perhaps even trying to understand the scene in context. There's claims that everyone who let Fanning do the scene were exploiting her, and there are even attempts to raise criminal charges against them.
You know rather than screaming about a single scene and calling for people to be arrested, I would prefer to listen to her, her parents and the director of the film to understand what happened behind the scenes and then watch the entire film in context to make my own mind up.