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'Thoroughly NOT enjoying': Netflix's ‘Blonde’ labeled as ‘unwatchable’ by viewers

Many viewers alleged that Netflix's latest movie 'Blonde' is 'exploitative' and 'too much to handle' and some had to quit watching just after 20 minutes
UPDATED SEP 30, 2022
Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde' (Netflix)
Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde' (Netflix)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Director Andrew Dominik’s much-awaited ‘Blonde’ is now available on Netflix with actress Ana De Armas playing the lead character of Marilyn Monroe. However, the movie is receiving criticism on all fronts, especially over its depiction of sexual assault and trauma. One of the viewers has labeled the movie as "unwatchable" and had to "call it quits" after just 20 minutes of the stomach-churning flick.

Netflix has rated ‘Blonde’ "adults only," which is also the very first of its kind rating by the popular streaming service provider. The movie is based on the bestselling Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel with the exact title. As many viewers alleged that the movie is "exploitative" and "too much to handle," the lead star defended the filmmakers.


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“It's harder for people to watch [those scenes] than for me to make them because I understood what I was doing and I felt very protected and safe. I didn't feel exploited because I was in control. I made that decision. I knew what movie I was doing. I trusted my director. I felt like I was in a safe environment,“ De Armas said to Entertainment Weekly.

The 34-year-old actress added, "We had hundreds of conversations about these scenes. Everyone felt a deep respect for the movie we were making. And in that sense, I had no fear. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all, even though they were really hard scenes."

Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde' (Netflix)

However, social media platforms like Twitter went berserk as viewers gave their honest reactions to 'Blonde'. One said, “Nah…the beginning of this #Blonde movie is not for the faint of heart. I’m about ready to turn it off in the first 15 minutes.”
The second read, “I watched the first 20 minutes of #blonde and then immediately had to check twitter to see if I was missing something or if other people were as disgusted as I am. I feel vindicated.” Another tweeted, "Not even 20 minutes in, and I am thoroughly NOT enjoying the new Marilyn movie. #blonde."