‘Leave Marilyn alone!’: Courtney Stodden urges fans to boycott ‘Blonde’

‘Leave Marilyn alone!’: Courtney Stodden urges fans to boycott ‘Blonde’

September 30, 2022

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Courtney Stodden is joining the growing chorus of Marilyn Monroe fans lambasting “Blonde” for its portrayal of the beloved Hollywood icon. 

“I will not be watching,” the “Boy Destroyer” singer, 28 — who identifies as non-binary and uses they/she pronouns — exclusively told Page Six at Thursday night’s premiere of “Drag: The Musical” in Los Angeles. 

“As somebody who understands what it feels like to be exploited in a sexual way and then have people turn you into a joke when you are not a joke,” they continued, “I think diving into that is a little disrespectful.” 

Andrew Dominik’s film — starring Ana de Armas as Monroe — soared to the top of Netflix’s movie chart after its Wednesday premiere.

But the NC-17 drama has ignited outrage among viewers who find its depiction to be “cruel” and drenched in misogyny. 

“Given all the indignities and horrors that Marilyn Monroe endured during her 36 years, it is a relief that she didn’t have to suffer through the vulgarities of ‘Blonde,’ the latest necrophiliac entertainment to exploit her,” the New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis fumed in her review.

“Blonde” is based on the Joyce Oates Carol novel of the same name, a fictional take on Monroe’s life and the succession of tragedies she experienced — including childhood abuse and sexual assault — before her untimely death on Aug. 4, 1962, at age 36. 

“I would urge people to not watch the movie because that is not Marilyn Monroe, that is not her story. It’s fictionalized and it’s to make her something she wasn’t,” Stodden told Page Six.

“She never wanted to be the girl they’re painting her as. Please, please don’t watch it.”

Invoking Cara Crocker’s 2007 plea to end the societal censure of Britney Spears, the Monroe acolyte added, “Like she said, ‘Leave Britney alone!’ — now it’s time we say, ‘Leave Marilyn alone!’”

There is particular indignation over a scene in “Blonde” that some perceive to be “anti-abortion.”

Steph Herold, an abortion researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, tweeted, “It depicts Marilyn being coerced into her first abortion, screaming on the table that she’s changed her mind, and then she hallucinates finding a crying baby in her childhood home, which is engulfed in flames.”

Herold asserted that “Blonde” is “so anti-abortion, so sexist” and “so exploitative.” Justin Chang, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, agreed, writing in his review, “The film isn’t really about Marilyn Monroe. It’s about making her suffer.”


“I would urge people to not watch the movie because that is not Marilyn Monroe, that is not her story,” Stodden said.

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“I would urge people to not watch the movie because that is not Marilyn Monroe, that is not her story,” Stodden said.

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