Not In Your Best Interest, Dakota Fan...

Not In Your Best Interest, Dakota Fanning

There are 32 comments on the Blogcritics story from Dec 28, 2006, titled Not In Your Best Interest, Dakota Fanning. In it, Blogcritics reports that:

Hounddog  , an independent film premiering in January at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, includes a rape scene involving 12-year-old Dakota Fanning.

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Steven Mark Pilling

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#1 Dec 29, 2006
Thanks, Kathy. That was a very good and thoughtful analysis. I was beginning to think I was nearly alone in my attitude toward "Hounddog" and it's consequences. I'm still desperately trying to find a copy of that magazine... especially since they quoted on of my early-on (and somewhat bitter!) quotes from a blogsite. Most of what you mentioned, though, I saw posted online. I hope your article gets wide circulation as I'm still trying to do with some of mine! God bless you and your family in this holiday season.

Steven Mark Pilling
salem

United States

#2 Dec 29, 2006
i love dakota. i think she can really act for a 12 year old
Steven Mark Pilling

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#3 Dec 30, 2006
Dear Salem: Nobody worthwhile hates Dakota... or any other child. Nor does anyone seriously deny her acting skills, although I personally think they've been overhyped. The issue here is how Dakota's once commendable career has been perverted onto a darksome path and how her once good name has been heartlessly exploited. If you love her, as many still do, then, like them, you should be very concerned for her now. By the way, I'm from Houston, too!
TOMMI KONTTINEN

UK

#4 Jan 19, 2007
I am curious and very worried about the background detail of preparation by the film's director etc. & this very young actress dealing with such a harsh topic. The actress states she "gets to experience things without doing them".. When exactly did the responsible adults around her ask this girl to conceptualise having a man's erect....... thrust between her legs into her...? Sorry, no need to go further is there!? The filming of the scene I can see would be carefully choregraphed & no realism/physical damage at all I am quite sure, however, psychologically I am nowhere near as confident. It is possible Ms Dakota knew all about such things long, long ago, but, that still does not make it right for her to be discussing this type of content with adults for a film!? That is abuse by any definition I am aware of.
Steven Mark Pilling

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#5 Jan 21, 2007
Dear Tommi:

In regards to the question of emotional trauma to children in films, I'm fond of quoting a former child actor who knows. Lukas Haas ("Witness") once said; "How can you do your job and say your lines if you don't know what's going on?". In his case, it was a matter of graphic violence directed against a child (him). In Dakota's, it was a situation of being overtly sexual and enacting sex with adult actors (for many takes in the infamous "rape" scene, according to witnesses) and having to come to terms with it later. Twelve-Years-Old!

For far less than this, child actors have been plagued with long-term emotional difficulties and skewed adult personalities. Of course, if this ploy works and Dakota's adult career IS launched this way, it means that certain adults continue to collect their percentages. If she turns into a messed-up Hollywood misfit into the bargain, so what? And if she falls apart completely... well, there's still another little Fanning where she came from. God help them both!
tommi konttinen

UK

#6 Jan 22, 2007
To Steven,
I agree with your comments.
Like I wrote: it is child abuse.
If I were talking to my neighbour's 12 year daughter or son about a rape scene in a film they had or had not seen my neighbour would have me arrested and rightly so.
Artistic license does not give adults making films any special access to children's minds or bodies.
tommi konttinen

UK

#8 Jan 23, 2007
Oooops to the young actress's mother... Fanning didn't get even a nomination... What will mommie dearest have her do next for that particular 12 inch award!?
Kaylor

Mabel, MN

#9 Jan 23, 2007
Dakota ROX!
OH BLOGGER c

South Africa

#10 Jan 23, 2007
i agree, it is child abuse and totally unacceptable. shame on her parents and anyone who made bucks out of this film. it should be boycotted by all parents.
Steven Mark Pilling

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#11 Feb 12, 2007
Dear Tommi: Not only did "Hounddog" not get any nominations, it didn't even get a distributor. that's because, aside from the film being controversial and downright immoral, it also stunk professionally!
Steven Mark Pilling

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#12 Feb 12, 2007
Dear O Blogger: It should be. Unfortunately, all too many parents these days are either ignorant or amoral themselves.
Steven Mark Pilling

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#17 Feb 16, 2007
Dear Nowitawl: I wondered who would be the first to comment on that... and like this! You haven't disappointed me.
KIM

Jersey City, NJ

#18 Feb 16, 2007
hey come on now there was another movie actually it was just on the other night, BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA starring Jena Malone, the rape scenes where horrible and him molesting her in the front seat of the car while her mother gave birth to a stillborn baby in the hospital.

FIRST OFF LET ME PUT THIS IN CAPS OK...CAUSE EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THIS IS REAL LIFE ... IT HAPPENS EVERY DAMN DAY AND I PERSONALLY TAKE OFFENSE THAT EVERYONE IS TREATING IT AS THOUGH MOVIES ABOUT THIS PART OF LIFE SHOULDN'T BE MADE. I THINK THAT IF THINGS LIKE THIS WEREN'T SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET THEN CHILD RAPISTS WOULDN'T GET AWAY WITH IT FOR SO DAMN LONG. IT'S SAD THAT WE WON'T TELL OUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE TERRIBLE THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM IN THE WORLD BUT WHEN THEY HAPPEN WE WONDER WHY?

EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE ARE BOOGEY MEN OUT THERE, ONLY THING IS THAT THEY ARE DISGUISED AS HUMANS...AS DADS AND MOMS, UNCLES AND AUNTS, SOMETIMES BROTHERS OR SISTERS....MAYBE EVEN GRANDPA OR GRANDMA...IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT MOST CRIME HAPPENS RIGHT IN THE HOME...BY SOMEONE THAT IS KNOWN TO THE VICTIM...MAYBE IF WE COULD ALL FIGURE THAT OUT AND FIND A WAY TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN OF WHAT TO BE CAREFUL OF INSTEAD OF HIDING IT BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT THEM TO KNOW THE UGLY STUFF ... WELL THE SAD THING IS THAT THEY USUALLY FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES....
strap on princess

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#19 Feb 16, 2007
Steven, don't forget about my tiny tits, and bite size nips. Lets fill the tub with Jello and have some fun!!! Kisses!
strap on princess

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#22 Feb 16, 2007
Steven's secret desire is to have someone leak water on him, then make him feel scandalous!!! I would, but as a girl, I can't aim that well!!! Kisses!
strap on princess

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#25 Feb 17, 2007
Steven, if the last one did not get on, is yellow Jello OK? Kisses!!!
KIM

Jersey City, NJ

#26 Feb 19, 2007
Well Waterleak Scandal you may not agree with me but pedophiles don't need these movies to make them look at children this way...have you ever read of a pedophile saying "well i saw this movie and it made me think ...um let me go rape a kid" no it's something that is in someone or it's not...you should really read up on it if you don't know what you are talking about...just like movies and video games, these things don't make people kill...please...i have my own experience and years of studying the subject matter. ok
Steven Mark Pilling

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#27 Feb 19, 2007
Dear Kim: Once again; the excesses of other films are no excuse. Nor is the fact that the sexual abuse of children occurs in real life. Your contention that this sort of movie "raises awareness" is an ancient ploy that has been used by depraved filmmakers for decades. It does not and never has. It does just the opposite. Nor were these kind of films ever intended as some kind of twisted "public service". They were made to appeal to the darker, baser instincts of a viewing audience for the producer's profit. In other words, they are essentially pornography. Your attempt to denigrate the family structure as being harmful to children (rather than their greatest resource) is particularly disturbing.
Steven Mark Pilling

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#28 Feb 19, 2007
Dear WaterLeak Scandal: Thanks for the backup. You're right about "The Exorcist" being one of those depraved movies. Even then, though, Linda Blair wasn't subjected directly to sexualized scenes in it's making. You couldn't get away with that, then! That was "Hounddog's" innovation. But the graphic violence, morbidity and horror of the film was not of a nature that they could shield her from it directly. It caused her a lot of personal problems as a result.

Dear Nowitawl and Strap-On: How about taking your "phone-sex" act back to the hard-core site that you came from?
KIM

Jersey City, NJ

#29 Feb 19, 2007
I never denigrated the family structure, i merely told the truth about pedophiles and child molesters and the "fact" that they do prey on their own underage family members. i don't understand how you don't see that. it happens all the time. Sometimes .. not always is the family structure a great resource for children. I am just stunned at your response to me...i guess you never knew anyone that was raped by their own father. You can look here on Topix actually and find the stories I speak of...where sometimes the worst crime is committed by an adult on a child within the same family...for those that have wonderful supportive families I applaud them and would like to say how lucky they are to have a great family. Truth be told not everyone should be parents and lots of abuse happens within the family.
Steven Mark Pilling wrote:
Dear Kim: Once again; the excesses of other films are no excuse. Nor is the fact that the sexual abuse of children occurs in real life. Your contention that this sort of movie "raises awareness" is an ancient ploy that has been used by depraved filmmakers for decades. It does not and never has. It does just the opposite. Nor were these kind of films ever intended as some kind of twisted "public service". They were made to appeal to the darker, baser instincts of a viewing audience for the producer's profit. In other words, they are essentially pornography. Your attempt to denigrate the family structure as being harmful to children (rather than their greatest resource) is particularly disturbing.

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