The One Show: Alex Jones tears up over Love Actually clip
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The various plotlines of Love Actually all hinge around one thing: Overcoming adversity in the name of love – from cheating spouses to language barriers. But for Hugh Grant’s character, the Prime Minister, he had to get around falling in love with his employee (which is problematic in itself anyway). However fans have now realised much of the dialogue used on Martine McCutcheon’s character Natalie is explicitly mean about her appearance, and they are not having it.
McCutcheon was described throughout the film as a “bit chubby”. The character was even given the nickname “Plumpy” by her own father.
Hitting out on Twitter, one fan wrote: “I’m baffled by [the film’s] popularity. The fat-shaming of Martine McCutcheon’s character.” (sic)
Another agreed: “I turned off at the bit where Hugh Grant’s assistant says: ‘I think there is a pretty sizeable a*** there – huge thighs.'”
They added: “Just the idea that a) anyone talks like that b) that Martine McCutcheon is anywhere near chubby and c) that [director Richard] Curtis thought that this was charming or witty dialogue.”
Another unamused fan wrote: “Rewatched #LoveActually the other day, it really hasn’t aged well; I couldn’t believe how much fat shaming was going on, the fact that it was aimed at people not even overweight.” (sic) The criticisms didn’t just stop at McCutcheon’s character, however. Many viewers took great issue with Keira Knightley’s character and her storyline. The Pirates of the Caribbean star played Juliet, a woman recently married to Peter. But neither she nor her husband knew that Peter’s best friend, Mark, was secretly in love with the blushing bride.
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After Mark’s true feelings were revealed to Juliet, he arrived at her doorstep to deliver a message in the form of large handwritten signs.
The legendary cinematic moment is one of the most iconic from the film, but fans have now turned on it.
One fan wrote: “The Love Actually door sign would be a lovely one if it wasn’t so damned creepy.”
Another fan said of Mark’s actions: “There is a stalker who is romanticised.”
One fan described the story as “rapey” for “putting [the then] 18-year-old Keira Knightley in a role as a primary love interest for two grown men.”
At the time of filming, Mark actor Andrew Lincoln was around 30-years-old, while Juliet’s husband, Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was around 26-years-old.
In fact, Keira was closer in age to Sam star Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who was 13-years-old at the time of filming.
Further criticisms of Love Actually included fans calling the film “rife with tired, misogynistic romantic tropes”.
Another called it an “icky depiction of multiple mediocre men being vile to female characters and generally having their behaviour rewarded.”
Although the film’s dialogue hasn’t aged particularly well, it’ll surely remain a staple in Christmas Day viewings for years to come.
Love Actually is available on Netflix now.
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