The roots of the recent arrangement with predators

Eric Bana, right, and Connie Britton, starred in Dirty John on Netflix, one of the many shows that focused on recent predators.

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On Valentine's Day, Netflix released the rows of eight episodes John Dirty. Based on a striking podcast, which was based on a series of articles in Los Angeles Times, he plays a true story Debra Newell (Connie Britton), an interior designer in a Newport Beach tony, Calif. the legs with John Meehan (Eric Bana), serial liar and later, much worse.

On 25 February, singer R. Kelly was charged with 10 criminal sexual abuse, partly because of the documentary series. R. Kelly lives – broadcast in January for a lifetime and available here through Rogers on demand – exploring the scrutiny of alleged behavior.

John Dirty and R. Kelly lives There are two of the current series and films that focus on predators: Why they like them, and how they go from it. In the Netflix series YouJoe (Penn Badgley, the owner of the bookshop who is facing a baby), adds to the young writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). In the current HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, two men open their long-term relationship with Michael Jackson when they were boys. The second season of the smash hit Kill a night, where contract agents (Jodie Comer) come with a British agent (Sandra Oh), in April 7.

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Britton has a theory about why the liar / stalker storyline is as relevant now – and very popular, especially in women. “In this #MeToo and #TimesUp culture, we're really asking ourselves questions,” she said in a recent telephone interview. “We are looking at ourselves differently than we have before. We are exploring ideas of the people we are going to be, and how we are to behave – ideas that have been given to us through generations of our families, our culture. These ideas came into effect in the decisions made by Debra. So many women don't think of defending themselves, because they are too busy trying to get what they think.

“There were always predators like this,” Britton concluded. “But this current moment enables us to think twice about things we have voluntarily taken.”

More examples: Star Trek: The first season of Discovery included a story-telling about a male predator who travels through time and space to make a female victim. (“There are so many women,” he says. “It's good to be a captain.”) The doc series Conversations with Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes, also on Netflix, re-examines the crimes of the great great singer. Recently American Crime Story: Gianni Versace Awareness, prepared Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, details the true story of Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), the league murderer who honored the designer.

Even Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt There is a predator at Titus (Tituss Burgess) by a puppet called Mr. Frumpus. He is playing laughs, until he is not – Ronan Farrow, the New York journalist who helped producer Harvey Weinstein to pull down, comma, and gives the face dialogue fears the survivors (“I'm not want to define that one terrible day ”and“ come forward, but it's career suicide. ”) t

This storyline is obviously very popular because it is attractive. But it's also instructive. Instead of blaming victims or vocalists, these rows open our eyes: the number of helpers a serial maker such as Weinstein or Kelly needs in his orbit to commit crimes and quit. How much do we buy empty promises from people we love, or investing famous people who we respect with good qualifications, then evidence must be made. And how easy it is for intermediaries and societies to benefit from this.

Of course, it is not just women who are about it. The whole world is departing from lying and scams. Parenting on “fake news” applies legitimate reporting, and political news disseminates actual news news to move elections. Identities are created and stolen on the internet. “We have a main leader in the White House!” Said Britton. “We all have a country that was under discussion! That is to me cool. ”

The observers are interesting parts and they are concerned about how satisfied President Donald Trump's basis is to deny what his eyes see. Last week, for example, Trump defended his labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, who refused to prosecute a billionaire who was accused of alleviating underage girls, and his supporters were not joking. Similarly, fans of the team, Robert Kraft, stood on New Patriots fans from England after trying to seek prostitution as part of an investigation into human trafficking. A teacher offered Pats this explanation to a news camera: “I don't want to think about any of this.”

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The above series examines this refusal. Debra escapes Seán Salach, but returns it to him when he returns. I Ted Bundy Tapes, as the murder stories were breaking, we note that many women called the cops, worried that perhaps the people themselves were their own man. And yet, when Bundy was arrested and tried, his courtroom was crowded with fans of young ladies, some of whom ran love notes for him.

Also, R. Kelly lives it indicates how fans stood up long after the widespread knowledge that he had courtesy, groomed and allegedly covered underage girls. In one pioneering scene, as Kelly is driving into a police station – he was tested for child pornography charges in 2008 – a reporter wants to hear, “Who about the child porn?” “I love you!” Another reporter suggests that sexual music is increasing in pop music, but is treated as a pointline, romantic trophy or “inconvenience”. a lot of things. “A juror who helped Kelly's liberation in 2008 brings home the consequences of disclaimer: He ignored what the accused said, he admits, burning,“ I don't like them. ”

I John Dirty, when Debra's mother tells her to stand by her husband, or if she explains that her son-law has hurt her daughter “because she loved her,” we said – but we also think of the stories we internalized. When his first wife confronts his face, and he does not apologize or explain, we say for his foolishness. Then we repeat, considering how often we see this behavior in our public figures – Virginia politicians who refuse to quit among the black ink scandals; Les Moonves, former chief executive of the SPC, argues that he is entitled to his US $ 120-million retirement package, although he was released among allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I'm always interested in stories that clearly relate to people,” says Britton. “What I do as a storyteller, we show back to ourselves. I think I have done my job if the audience can identify something in themselves by a character I played or a story I said.

“This is our era, there is a reality crisis,” she continues. “So, especially at this time, we need stories John Dirty. We must be able to look at ourselves in honest ways. ”

The fictional series and the documentary series of similar solutions offer this real crisis: Predators and surgeons can only be stopped by working on and changing our collective complexity. I You, Beck is worried that she inadvertently encouraged her stalker: “Do you know how many fever I took in the toilet? A lot, ”she says. The #MuteRKelly campaign has finally pulled Kelly, powerful people including Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington and Questlove, who put bands together to encourage concert promoters, music streaming services and radio stations to cut it off. .

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Last week Emma Thompson did a similar thing: she withdrew from the animation feature Good luck because she didn't want to work with John Lasseter, the new head of the film production company, Skydance. Pixar Lasseter slipped last June because of allegations of previous sexual misconduct. “I regret that I must step away, because I love Alessandro,” she wrote in a letter published in February 26 in Los Angeles Times, referring to Good luck director Alessandro Carloni. “But I can only do what is right during these difficult transition periods and raise awareness.” T

Increased approximation – that is this stalker series. They love to entice them in by asking, “What would you do?” But they really want, “What will you do now?”

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