AMC theater chain has pulled Dakota Fanning‘s new movie Hounddog from their 5,117 cinemas across the US over pressure from family values groups upset about a rape scene in the film [Via Starpulse].
Concerned Women For America are leading the charge to boycott the movie. The film was supposed to hit movie screens late last year, but protests from family organizations led to legal investigations stalling of the movie’s release.
Director Kampmeier told WENN, ‘I feel a lot of compassion towards these people that are so angry about the film.. I didn’t make the film to make a controversial film or a social commentary. I made the film for my heart and if it touches someone else’s heart that’s what it’s about for me.’
However, US women’s organization NOW is urging their supporters to rush to cinemas. President Lindsey Horvath said, ‘Hounddog is a film that calls you to action. It returns innocence to the adolescent discovery of sexuality, and restores hope for those whose innocence has been taken.
It’s a brilliantly poignant film that clearly depicts how free expression of female sexuality remains unacceptable in today’s world, and what survivors of sexual violence must do to reclaim their bodies and selves from their perpetrators. We need more women in Hollywood like Kampmeier to uncover society’s oppression of women.’