“In real life, [Linda Lovelance's experience in porn] was much more violent. I don’t think people could have watched. For instance, there’s a gang-rape scene, in which [Lovelace’s husband] Chuck Traynor takes her into a room and she’s gang-raped. It’s portrayed as if this happened to her later. That was the first thing that happened to her. They really didn’t have a relationship. She always called him Mr. Traynor. She was terrified of him. I’m not sure anybody would have been able to sit in a theater and watch what really happened. I think [the filmmakers] did the best they could.”
– Hollywood didn’t get Linda Lovelace’s personal story quite right. That’s according to iconic feminist activist Gloria Steinem, who attended a screening of “Lovelace,” a new film about the infamous “Deep Throat” adult film actress. Lovelace later renounced pornography and came public about the abuse she suffered in the industry (notably at the hands of her husband, who effectively acted as a pimp). “Lovelace,” which stars Amanda Seyfried, apparently makes the sexual violence and physical abuse in her story less heinous and popcorn-friendly for movie-going audiences. Steinem penned an article for Ms. magazine called “The Real Linda Lovelace,” so she should know. While I haven’t seen “Lovelace” yet, I can recommend the 2005 documentary “Inside Deep Throat” as a realistic portrayal of what occurred. [NYMag.com]
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