'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' star Aisha Hinds says the 'real monsters' are those behind Alabama's abortion ban
'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' may have Godzilla as the 'one monster to rule them all' but, at the film's red carpet premiere, actress Aisha Hinds said "the real monsters" are those trying to take away the rights of women over their bodies.
One doesn't usually associate 'Godzilla' with feminism but the upcoming 2019 film 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' features a set of strong female characters played by Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, and Hinds herself.
These female characters are not only essential in taking the story forward but leave their mark on audiences.
Hinds' character Colonel Diane Foster is a decorated colonel who formerly served in the 75th U.S. Army Ranger Regiment and is now the leader of the G-Team, the special military forces group specializing in battles involving Titans.
Hinds told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) at the red carpet that her role of Colonel Diane Foster is a reflection of the future. "The character of Colonel Foster is reflective of our real world," she says. "It is a portrayal that is reflective of something that doesn't actually exist in the world yet — a woman serving as a special forces officer."
The actress tells us that she finds herself lucky to have been given the opportunity to portray the character on the screen.
"You know, there are a lot of women who have gone through the training process, but haven't actually been called to serve or given permission to serve," she says. "I think it is beautiful that we are taking this opportunity to put that thing on screen and make it tangible for the world - make it inspirational."
According to the official synopsis, 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' is a story of the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.
Godzilla, as a franchise, is very reflective of the idea that there monsters and men are always warring.
But Hinds asks us to think again. "Who is the real enemy?"
"Godzilla is reflective of this idea of monster versus man, but when you think of the larger conversation — especially the conversation that we're having in the world today — the real question is who really is the monster?" she asks, before exclaiming, "Alabama!"
Alabama became the most recent conservative state to ban abortions mounting new legal challenges to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy — before most women know they are pregnant.
You can watch the cast of 'Godzilla: King of Monsters' discuss the film and their characters with MEAWW in the video below.
'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' is set to release in the US on May 31, 2019.