Skip to comments.Fractured Fairy Tales
Posted on 06/22/2019 6:05:24 AM PDT by NOBO2012
Lets start here: Julia Roberts reveals original ending for Pretty Woman and youd be shocked.
In an interview in Variety magazine this week Julia Roberts revealed that the original ending of Pretty Woman as written was anything but the fairy tale ending of prostitute-falls-in-love-with-a-rich-john-and-they-both-live-happily-ever-after. She explained that the original script was really dark and the ending was really heavy.
In fact the original script ended with Roberts character, the prostitute Vivian Ward, left sprawled out in a dirty alley where Richard Geres character, Edward Lewis, had chucked her out of the car. For good measure, and to get the point across, he also threw a bunch of money at her as he drove away. Clearly not a story ever intended to be a fairy tale.
But Disney, who bought the script before it went into production, does fairy tales so they made it into a fairy tale. The public loves happy endings so give the public what they want. By 1990 Disney had already strayed so far from the studios original core value of creating wholesome entertainment for the whole family that profit was now the guiding factor. How else to explain a movie glorifying a prostitutes way of life to deliver on the premise of happily ever after? The impact of such a story on vulnerable young girls was predictable.
Years ago, when I saw the movie through my middle class lens, I saw the title character as a beautiful, young woman who wanted out of the life. Shed entered a life of prostitution as a last resort She was still plucky and moral, just down on her luck. Until one day, her luck turned for the better as a dashing millionaire in the wrong neighborhood needed directions.
But when the two young girls saw this movie, they saw it differently. They saw something that I never envisioned. They saw prostitution as a chance to meet their own Prince Charming, and the movie Pretty Woman was the catalyst for them to enter the life.
Each of these girls soon discovered that reality is far different from Hollywood. There was no Prince Charming, no fairy tale ending. They suffered abuse of the worse kind; they lost their freedom and their dignity, and they still experience flashbacks, PTSD, damaged emotions, and lifelong scars.
Yet in the Variety interview Julia Roberts tells interviewer Patricia Arquette the Disney ending placed the movie squarely in her wheelhouse. Roots of morality an eightieth of an inch deep, sad, really.
Much has been written about the debauchery of Hollywood, some going back as far as 1955.
Spoiler Alert: it hasnt gotten any better
But nobody has excoriated the entertainment business as relentlessly and vociferously as Michael Savage. Love him or hate him, for 20 years hes been calling out Hollywood for undermining the morals and values of America. He calls Hollywood a sewer pipe that pumps out fetid trash glorifying sluts and degenerates. I can think of nothing to add to that.
Its certainly hard to argue hes wrong when you pick up a copy of Aprils Teen Vogue and see an article titled Why Sex Work is Real Work by Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng (I swear, thats her real name, I did not make it up). Even if you agree with Dr. Mofokengs premise that sex work of all sorts should be legalized its hard to rationalize why promoting the idea of sex work as a career to 13 year old girls is a good idea. Especially when underaged human trafficking for sex is an ever growing problem in the world.
In a sane age any editor of a publication title teen anything would have rejected the article out of hand and fired whoever proposed it. But this is not a sane age, these are Heinleins crazy years and were just living in them (h/t Glenn Reynolds).
But back to Disney: Im not saying theyre single-handedly responsible for the wretched state of affairs in the world. I do think however that if theyd stuck with the original ending of Pretty Woman instead of going the Cinderella-on-crack route there wouldnt be so many young women today who think prostituting their way through college is a perfectly acceptable alternative to student loans.
Oh yeah, its a real thing
So what have we learned today? *sigh* Not much we didnt already know: letting immoral pervs set the cultural moral standards will result in a fundamentally immoral society.
No Bill, its your mirror
And from that point forward all fairy tales will be fractured.
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
Julia Roberts had a nice body back then! Oh, wait. It wasn’t her body...it was photoshop! LOL.
Any beautiful woman who is a prostitute has some real problems or she wouldn’t be resorting to that kind of life when she could have any man she wanted.
Maybe the beautiful young woman wants her own money and does not want just a long term one man for his money. Guys with money going after one night stands. Girls with looks going after one night stands for the money.
That’s still unnatural.
Thats still unnatural.
Youre confusing unnatural with immoral.
Oh, my! That book — “The Hollywood Cesspool”. I’d forgotten all about it. My dad had it in his study, and Bob Sumner preached at our summer camp when I was young, and at seminary when I was a student. (Same seminary he graduated from.)
I don’t think any women resort to that sort of life just because they are homely and can’t bag a handsome or rich man. They all have real problems.
The two go together. Giving the argument to the left with respect to their assertion that their anti-family behavior is natural is surrendering to them.
my idiot mother in law gave a copy of this film to my pre teen girls. “it’s a love story!” No, it’s not.
Civilized society has called out actors as low lifes for centuries. Sure, society enjoys a good show but they don’t want their daughters running off with an actor.
Here is your ticket:
When we saw that movie on HBO many years ago I warned my teen girls that nothing in the film was real. Hookers walking the streets do not look like Julia Roberts, and the lifestyle often leaves them drugged or dead.
However, beautiful women have no shortage of men who are willing to date them.
No doubt there.
Why are we here today? To make revolution!All part of the plan, this. Take note that Hollyweird is long guilty of promoting all four.
What kind of revolution? The Cultural Revolution!
And how do we make Cultural Revolution? By destroying the American family!
How do we destroy the family? By destroying the American patriarch!
And how do we destroy the American patriarch? By taking away his power!
How do we do that? By destroying monogamy!
How can we destroy monogamy? By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!
Nor would a highly successful attorney have anything to do with a supposedly diseased riddled prostitute no matter when she was last tested. The whole story line was just plain stupid.
And basically, couldn't he do any better than old "wolf mouth"?
Actors play parts that are written for them. They play what people will pay to see.
I’ve often thought that really gifted actors, able to brilliantly play many different roles, may be lacking a certain central identity of their own.
We don’t have a lot of actors with the kind of gifts that more of them used to have; but in general I don’t hold great artists to the same standards as others. They seem to come into the world with an extra ‘imperative’ riding them.
When society demands more, actors will comply.
So the original ending was more like how Hollyweird really treats actresses?
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