Aw, look... little Dakota is getting ...

Aw, look... little Dakota is getting so grown up...

There are 113 comments on the Looking Closer Journal story from Jul 21, 2006, titled Aw, look... little Dakota is getting so grown up.... In it, Looking Closer Journal reports that:

I am not making this up. Cute-as-a-button child star Dakota Fanning, who turned 12 in February, is venturing into sexually disturbing territory in a movie being filmed in North Carolina.

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Me me

El Monte, CA

#1 Jul 24, 2006
How sad. They done raped my Dakota. Bastards.
Dakota Fan

United States

#2 Jul 24, 2006
An open letter to Joy and Steven Fanning: Mr. & Mrs. Fanning, I’m shocked that you would allow your 12-year old daughter Dakota who is beloved by millions all over the world, do this type of film. I’m afraid that this will significantly alter her career. We love Dakota because she’s a beautiful soul, a beautiful person and a tremendously talented actress. The purity and child like wonder she exudes in all her films has endeared her to us all. She’s our Hollywood Princess. Children look up to her, adults admire her, I know I do. She was inducted into the Girl Scouts, has been made a member of the Red Cross, has done countless charity work for many organizations that help less fortunate children. Now you want to shatter that image and upset her fans and supporters by having her character brutally raped on film and appear with not one stitch of clothing on in certain scenes, to be defiled up on the silver screen for all the world to see. Have you lost your minds, your dignity? What in the world are you thinking? We DON’T want to see that kind of material from a 12-year old child. Oh, of course there will be the occasional person who will say they are with her all the way and that there is nothing wrong with expanding her acting abilities, and that she’ll blow our minds with that scene. But I promise you, that those types of comments will be few and far between. She will forever be known as the actress, who at the tender age of 12, showed her naked body to the world and had her character graphically raped.

Let’s take a look at Dakota’s fan base. They are primarily children and early teens, along with a small segment of adults. I think it would be pretty accurate to say that the percentages would be 75% children and young teens, and 25% adults. Do you think any parent is going to take their child to see this movie when they know it contains child nudity and a graphic rape scene involving their idol? I don’t think so! Obviously, this picture will have to be rated R, and that would also exclude teens under 17 without a parent. So that also excludes the majority of her teen fan base as well. Of course, there is always the exception. I’m sure there will be a small percentage of parents who will let their kids see it, but they will be in the minority. I’m an adult, but I refuse to see the movie. I suspect that I will be in that majority. Also, I can guarantee that child molesters and deviants will thrill to this movie. And when it comes out on DVD, you can bet that they’ll use it for masturbation purposes. You really want that? Molesters and deviants masturbating to your daughters image in that scene? WAKE UP!! You never considered that? Don’t be ignorant, Steve and Joy!

You feel this is Oscar material? It could be, but I would rather have my daughter win an Oscar for a portrayal such as Dakota’s in “Man on Fire” or “Dreamer”, than to have one an Oscar for being nude and a portrayal of a rape victim. And to be used as masturbation material. What the hell has gotten into you?

Oh, and the backlash from all the religious groups and family groups that Dakota has been such a part of, will be intense. It will take its toll on her. Sure, she’s 12 going on 30, but this will affect her.

I think if she had been much older when she did this movie, say 16 or 17, it might be easier for her fans to deal with, but my God, 12-years old, that’s out of bounds.

In closing, I will always love Dakota. I don’t blame her for this debacle; I blame you, Joy and Steve. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.
Just me

United States

#3 Jul 25, 2006
First off, please calm down. After being mis-quoted, Dakota’s agent clarified and said that Dakota WILL NOT be nude in the movie. Feel better? She will be appropriately covered, although scantily. Your beloved Dakota will not be exposed to the world, as you feared. Ok, here comes the part that you seemed to go bananas over….there is a rape scene. Now watch your blood pressure…..Deep breaths ok? Just remember that in reality, Dakota did NOT get raped. This is a Hollywood illusion, but necessary for the plot. You really need to see the entire movie before you pass judgement. Just like the movie Brokeback Mountain, people shunned it. But then folks decided to see what all the fuss was about and started seeing Brokeback Mountain. By the end of the movie, people were saying that it was completely different than they imagined. I think you’ll feel the same way after seeing Hounddog.

The Fanning’s love Dakota and Elle dearly. They know all the facts of the movie, they know what is rumor and what is fact. They would never allow their kids to be a part of something sick and twisted. Just wait for the movie to come out…you’ll see that your fears were unfounded.

Peace
Dakota Fan

United States

#4 Jul 29, 2006
I will publicly apologize to her parents and her agent if this movie turns out to be as good as they say it's going to be. Yes, I wrote the "open letter" posted here and on other forums right after I learned the specifics of what the media was reporting--"rape" and nudity involvind Dakota. I wrote it on pure emotion. I was imagining what those scenes might look like and was getting more and more upset every second. Now that I've had some time to think, I'm willing to give the movie a chance. As one person said, Dakota has a good head on her shoulders and maturity way beyond her years. I want to believe she put those traits to good use and would know what would freak her fans out, or make her fans proud of her. I also hope that Joy Fanning & Cindy Osbrink gave that consideration as well.
me and myself

AOL

#5 Aug 3, 2006
Dakota Fan wrote:
I will publicly apologize to her parents and her agent if this movie turns out to be as good as they say it's going to be. Yes, I wrote the "open letter" posted here and on other forums right after I learned the specifics of what the media was reporting--"rape" and nudity involvind Dakota. I wrote it on pure emotion. I was imagining what those scenes might look like and was getting more and more upset every second. Now that I've had some time to think, I'm willing to give the movie a chance. As one person said, Dakota has a good head on her shoulders and maturity way beyond her years. I want to believe she put those traits to good use and would know what would freak her fans out, or make her fans proud of her. I also hope that Joy Fanning & Cindy Osbrink gave that consideration as well.
The person who wrote the open letter is a real freak!! I had to write that after reading the 2 posts. Freakin' weirdo!
sad

Vancouver, Canada

#6 Aug 3, 2006
Just me wrote:
First off, please calm down. After being mis-quoted, Dakota’s agent clarified and said that Dakota WILL NOT be nude in the movie. Feel better? She will be appropriately covered, although scantily. Your beloved Dakota will not be exposed to the world, as you feared. Ok, here comes the part that you seemed to go bananas over….there is a rape scene. Now watch your blood pressure…..Deep breaths ok? Just remember that in reality, Dakota did NOT get raped. This is a Hollywood illusion, but necessary for the plot. You really need to see the entire movie before you pass judgement. Just like the movie Brokeback Mountain, people shunned it. But then folks decided to see what all the fuss was about and started seeing Brokeback Mountain. By the end of the movie, people were saying that it was completely different than they imagined. I think you’ll feel the same way after seeing Hounddog.
The Fanning’s love Dakota and Elle dearly. They know all the facts of the movie, they know what is rumor and what is fact. They would never allow their kids to be a part of something sick and twisted. Just wait for the movie to come out…you’ll see that your fears were unfounded.
Peace
There's a big difference between a movie about homosexuals and one involving the raping of a child. Sorry I'm not interested in seeing a movie that involes raping a child, what normal person would. And as for the plot, it was designed to get attention and make money. As someone who was raped as a child I find it apalling that anyone would want to watch, never mind make a film like that. Oscar material I think not. They should all be ashamed of themselves, and so should anyone that watches it.
Steven Mark Pilling

Houston, TX

#7 Aug 4, 2006
Dakota Fan: You have my full support for your remarks. Isn't it amazing (and disturbing) that anyone can justify such a thing as "Hounddog" and still look at themselves in a mirror afterwards? It's been two weeks now, and I'm still sickened to the depths of my soul. So are a lot of her young, one-time supporters... and their parents.
Hot

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#8 Aug 4, 2006
sad wrote:
<quoted text>
There's a big difference between a movie about homosexuals and one involving the raping of a child. Sorry I'm not interested in seeing a movie that involes raping a child, what normal person would. And as for the plot, it was designed to get attention and make money. As someone who was raped as a child I find it apalling that anyone would want to watch, never mind make a film like that. Oscar material I think not. They should all be ashamed of themselves, and so should anyone that watches it.
you have one point though its a movie to make money, but youre misunderstood. Its reality, it happens. Just like 911 and here is hollywood again making a movie from it, making money. Nowhere do they state that money from this 9-11 movie is going to families of the victims... same with this movie... the money isnt going toward benifiting children abused like this. Hollywood makes me sick because of things like this. So quick to cash out on it, but yet it involved someone else in real life, who gains nothing but sit back and watch w/o royalties.
Steven Mark Pilling

Houston, TX

#9 Aug 6, 2006
Dakota Fan:

The last thing on earth we should want to do is "give the movie a chance". What is known of it is, in itself, enough. It goes beyond Dakota herself. It represents a threat to children everywhere if pornographic exploitation like this is allowed to flourish.

Also: Don't get taken in on that endless drumbeat of Dakota's "precociousness". She may be smarter than average, but there are natural barriers to how mature any 12 year old girl can be. If she agreed to do a nude sex scene, it means that she was either coerced or beguiled by the adults around her. She could hardly have understood the full meaning of what she was doing... at least, at first. One can only imagine how she's dealing with it now.
Steven Mark Pilling

Houston, TX

#10 Aug 8, 2006
Dakota Fan: Your essay might have had it's emotional element (and how could something like this not?), but it did not lack a rational basis. You need to have the strength of your convictions and not let yourself be beguiled by the bankrupt arguements of the "politically correct". Stand firm. Children everywhere, not just Dakota Fanning, need the help and support of all decent adults. This film is a direct assault on their innocence. Don't fail them.
Observer

United States

#11 Aug 8, 2006
I am pleased to announce that the District Attorney for the Wilmington, South Carolina area is investigating this film. Now the shit's REALLY going to hit the fan!! Of course the film crew is going to claim a bump on the head...yeah, ignorance. Thought you could make some simulated child porn did you? I hope they decided to prosecute this to the fullest.
Brill404

Douglas, GA

#12 Aug 11, 2006
Joy Fanning and Dakota's agent have said they hope this film will be an "Oscar vehicle". Maybe instead it should be a vehicle for some people to go to jail.
zwrites

New Orleans, LA

#13 Aug 16, 2006
Most child actors and actresses turn out so messed up. I love Dakota's work. But, it sounds like the adults in her life are holding up a Oscar nod like a brass ring. They have her believing that she has to push her limits to get it. When she's older she may regret this choice she has made. Also, if the makers of this movie truly understood child sexual abuse..they should realize...this scene will probably be found by FBI agents on sexual offenders computers through out the country. I hope the studios think twice before releasing it. Tyler Perry addressed child sexual abuse in his movie...he didn't need to film a flashback scene for us to understand what happen.
Z
GB+
mee

United States

#14 Aug 16, 2006
Shut up you cry baby and get a life
You

United States

#15 Aug 17, 2006
"Mee" says to shut up and get a life? Well "mee", your immaturity shows. Go back to your cartoons. You have no concept of what's being discussed.
Amanda

United States

#16 Aug 17, 2006
I think this movie could really mess a child up. Even though she was not actually raped she had to pretend she was being raped and then standing there naked (or half naked which ever it is) would be traumatizing. Atleast for anybody with any feelings. Just thinking that what you were simulating actually happened to an actually person is just messed up. And speaking from somebody who was raped as a kid I don't see how somebody can go through that and not get freaked out by it.
Steven Mark Pilling

Houston, TX

#17 Aug 18, 2006
Dear Observer: It's also been reported by a local news radio in Wilmington that the local FBI office is studying the case for a possible violation of federal child protective law. Say, since you're from Los Angeles, can you tell us if there has been any local comment on this event? Are Dakota or her agent talking or are they hunkered down? I suppose that Mel Gibson story is still dominating the entertainment news.
Christena moore

UK

#18 Oct 10, 2006
I am a big fan of dakota i wll have to see this movie before i judge.
Steven Mark Pilling

Houston, TX

#19 Oct 11, 2006
Dear Christena: If you are a big fan of Dakota's, then the last thing you should want is for her to appear in a cheap, vile sex movie. The screenplay, made available by disgusted, defecting crewmen from the film, tells the whole story. Remember, it's not just a matter of what is presented in the final, edited film. It's also (and mainly) an issue of what transpired on the set in it's making. Dakota and the other two children in the movie were sexually exploited. They were led to perform simulated sex acts and acts of murder on the set. This is known. This is not a matter of cinematic judgement. This is a case of rendering justice.
Bob

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Oct 23, 2006
I hope she has the acting chops to pull it off. I haven't seen much of her work, but her fans seem convinced of her talent. The other actors in this film are a-list and would not risk their careers for a indie sized paycheck. They must believe in the story and Miss Fanning's abilites, otherwise why risk it.

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