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“They should be banned from using the word feminist”: Olivia Wilde Gets Blasted For Marketing Don’t Worry Darling as Female Sexual Liberation, Fans Claim it’s a Facade to Promote a Bad Movie

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There has been a heap of controversies that have been associated with Olivia Wilde’s new movie, Don’t Worry Darling which recently hit the cinemas just this Friday. And even after its release, the chatter about these disputes continues to be the hot topic amongst fans.

Up until now though, these rumors have majorly been with regard to the cast and the disagreements within them. But there seems to be a much larger issue at hand that had apparently gone unnoticed but is slowly swimming to the surface as fans and critics point it out.

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Olivia Wilde, the director of Don’t Worry Darling

The director, Olivia Wilde, is getting rebuked sharply by people for wrongly using the concept of feminism as a mere marketing tactic to promote her new movie and get it in the good books of its viewers.

Fans are infuriated with Olivia Wilde’s blatant misuse of the word “feminism” to promote Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling is a thriller, starring the renowned Midsommar actress Florence Pugh who plays the role of Alice, and the pop-star sensation Harry Styles, who is shown to be Alice’s husband, Jack.

In the film, the community is shown to be one that works on the antiquated, patriarchal notion of men working hard and running the house as their wives simply bask in the luxuries they have, doing nothing but enjoying and looking pretty.

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Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as Alice and Jack

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The fact that this horrible life that women in the film are living is showcased as something picture-perfect only makes up half of what’s wrong with the movie. It brings up the feminism on Wilde’s part which is actually only superficial, as women succumb to the inevitable patriarchal attitude of men in the film.

The film’s genre had been tagged as one evoking thrill and anticipation amongst its viewers, but the way Olivia Wilde has sold it to the audience is doing anything but that.

The plot of the movie and the message it’s trying to convey seem to be getting concealed behind the excessive portrayal of sexual aspects.

While Wilde stated she has explored “female pleasure” in her movie, it is amusing as much as it is upsetting to note that almost all the sex scenes involved seem to be focused only on male pleasure.

The Director’s failed marketing attempts prove to be significantly bad for her new movie

Right from the trailer of the movie, to its press conference releases, Wilde seems to have dug quite the grave for Don’t Worry Darling. The same is evident from the way she chose to crowd the first official trailer of the film with an unnecessary amount of s*x scenes, which was apparently the beginning of the film’s end.

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Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling fails to awe the critics

Since the trailer, the movie’s sexual delights have appeared to be the only center of attention, leaving its actual story and plot to be overshadowed and forgotten, even.

An absurdly huge chunk of the marketing approaches with regard to Don’t Worry Darling has been about the men and the s*x scenes in the movie. Even though the extravagance of the ’50s and the salacious lifestyle are a part of the movie, fans have started to feel as if that’s all that it is really about.

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Florence Pugh talks about how the focus of the film has been misguided

Wilde boasted about how “men don’t come in this film” as it is only about female pleasure, and yet, if there’s one thing Don’t Worry Darling has highlighted throughout its entirety, it is male pleasure.

What’s more, is that these superfluous portrayals of sexual scenes in the film’s marketing are nothing more than inconsequential.

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Don’t Worry Darling is shrouded in controversy

Pugh herself brought this issue up in one of her interviews with Harper’s Bazaar. “When it’s reduced to your s*x scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world go down on someone, it’s not why we do it. It’s not why I’m in this industry”, she said. She talked about how the movie was supposed to be so much bigger than what it’s been reduced to.

Fans continue to bash Wilde for exploiting feminism to sell her movie but so far, the filmmaker hasn’t said anything to acknowledge these remarks.

Don’t Worry Darling is now in theaters.

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Written by Khushi Shah

An author at FandomWire, an abnormal psychology student, and an avid reader of dark fiction, I love to read and write and have been indulging in the same for years.