— Wed, Jan 24, 2007 —

Apparently, a MollyGood posting from July of last year has people buzzing once again as the movie it mentioned—the Dakota Fanning drama Hounddog—premiered at Sundance this week. Everyone's grossed out because Dakota Fanning's character gets raped in the film. Mouthpieces for the always rational religious right are even boycotting it.

"Hounddog" is the story of Lewellen, a girl played by 12-year-old Dakota Fanning, who is growing up in the 1960s South. She is a free-spirit obsessed with Elvis Presley and has little supervision by her abusive father and alcoholic grandmother.

Even before the first screening of "Hounddog" at the Sundance Film Festival this week, a Christian film critic, citing Fanning's age, decried the movie as child abuse, and Roman Catholic activist Bill Donohue called for a federal investigation...

The disturbing scene lasts a few minutes but is not graphic. There is no nudity, the scene is very darkly lit and only Fanning's face and hand are shown.

"...It's not really happening," Fanning said of a [sic] rape. "It's a movie, and it's called acting. I'm not going through anything..."

How sad is it when the 12-year-old girl is the voice of reason? In this instance, I'd say only mildly, because depictions of child rape are pretty hot topics for adults who feel the need to protect vulnerable children. But if she's OK with it, and her parent's are OK with it, shouldn't the religious right be as well? I'm not saying the idea of a scene of Fanning getting raped isn't horribly creepy, but it damn sure doesn't demand a federal inquiry.

How much you wanna bet that if Dakota got killed in this movie nobody would've batted an eyelash?


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No. 1
Sam says:

What I don't understand is why this is such a huge deal NOW. It's certainly not as if this is the first movie where a child is being depicted as raped or killed. Anyone remember "Eye for an Eye"? I don't remember any of this happening when that came out. I'm a huge Kiefer fan and I was still completely creeped out. But still - it's JUST A MOVIE.

I'd be willing to bet that what creeps Dakota Fanning out more is that people actually think she or her parents let a director film her being raped. People are freaking delusional.

January 24, 2007 5:18 PM
No. 2
kate says:

I don't think it's that people don't know that it's a movie, I think it's that people are appalled that adults would stand by and direct a little girl being fake raped.
I think it's creepy that a 12 year old is completely fine with it too. Her parents should never have let her do that.

January 24, 2007 5:29 PM
No. 3
amle says:

that little slut will be showing off her cooch to everyone in a few years. I find the brat annoying w/ her skanky gummy smile.

January 24, 2007 6:05 PM
No. 4
Manda says:

I read somewhere that the entire scene was shot without physical contact. They just had her act with her face.

January 24, 2007 7:03 PM
No. 5
Angela says:

She was asking for it. Wearing that little jumper, looking all sasy.

January 24, 2007 7:59 PM
No. 6
Angela says:


(can we get a preview function?)

January 24, 2007 8:00 PM
No. 7
danaleri says:

I think your all right...look up the movie "Oliver, Oliver" true story.. and the dude is filmed on top of the boy humping and zipping up his pants when hes caught..thats gross.....but she does deserve it for trying to jump into Sundance at 12 .....Look out 2013...shots of Fanning's fanny on the way!!!

January 24, 2007 8:08 PM
No. 8
B says:

Wow amle, Dakota Fanning is a sensitive subject for you, huh?

January 24, 2007 9:32 PM
No. 9
angela says:

Dakota Fanning is probably a sensitive subject for the majority of the middle-aged men who will be lining up to see her get raped.

Dakota Fanning as rape victim: "no...no...please no..."
Rapist: "Shhhh...Elvis did this to Priscilla. You love Elvis, right?"
audience: fap fap fap fap

January 24, 2007 9:53 PM
No. 10
maria says:

You are a sick fuck angela.

January 24, 2007 10:17 PM
No. 11
vadge_patrol says:

You know, I think those Christian fanatics are probably concerned because members from their own fold are getting busted so frequently for their child porn. Every time you bat an eyelash, some pastor or 'respected member' of some church is exposed and either into kiddie porn or is a closet case.
Fuck, I'm not saying it's right that a 12 year-old girl is allowed to do this, but it's not like this particular group of people are so faultless either. If they want to go after anything, let them go after tacky ass reality shows, no shortage of those.
And you're right, had she gotten killed in the movie, no one would've said anything probably.

January 24, 2007 10:51 PM
No. 12
Angela says:

Also, if she had been blacker in the movie, no one would have minded so much (A Time to Kill).

Keep in mind that this outrage started the day the movie finished filming. Hmmm... I wonder which film exec let the cat out of the bag on this one. Surely, this movie would have been held to critical acclaim without the buzz.

aaaand c'mon folks...kids get raped the fuck up more than they get killed (yeah sometimes one follows the other followed by Lieutenant Horatio Cain saying "The only thing that matters is the evidence.") so I'm suprised we aren't seeing more of it.

January 24, 2007 11:06 PM
No. 13
VoodooQueen says:

I think those Religious fanatics who are constantly pointing out and judging everybody else's "sins" should focus ALL their attention and energy into cleaning/healing their own house of religious leaders who are pepetually sexually abusing children in their midst.... Take the LOG from your own eye before addressing the spec in your brother's...

January 25, 2007 11:56 AM
No. 14
pam says:

I, personally, would love to see and interview with Jena Malone who did a similar movie when she was about Dakota's age. In "Bastard out of Carolina" Jena's character was beaten, sexually abused and raped by a grown man. The footage was vastly more graphic (including the adult male kissing her and cramming his tongue into her mouth) than what I am hearing the footage in "Hounddog" is. There was no outcry about that movie. No one seems concerned about what it may have done to Jena's psyche. Is it just that Dakota Fanning is that much more white, blond and blue-eyed than Jena Malone?

January 26, 2007 2:05 PM

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