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25 Movies With Scenes People Think Are Problematic As Hell

Wow, have these scenes not stood the test of time.

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1. The premise of Grease being "change everything about yourself for a man."

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I love Grease, but man is it a mess! The lesson is basically to change everything about yourself to get the guy who was a total dick to you.

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The whole meaning of the movie is that in order to date a guy you like, you have to completely change your appearance and personality to suit them. It's so fucking wrong.

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3. The repeated body-shaming of Natalie in Love Actually.

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In what world is it OK to refer to your coworker – or anyone, for that matter – as "the chubby girl," and say she has "huge thighs?!" I rewatched it recently and her whole storyline infuriates me every time. She's gorgeous!

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4. And also this scene, which some people think is cute while others think it's creepy.

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It's just peak nice-guy manipulation under the guise of ~romance.~

—Kelly Shipper, Facebook.

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Not only is the main villain forcibly revealed to be a transgender woman with a penis, every man who had previously been interested in or intimate with her began throwing up as if it was the most disgusting thing in the world. It's also revealed that the villain transitioned to avoid being caught for her crimes – a reason for which no one would transition – reinforcing the myth that transgender people are in some way deceitful.

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Movies that depict trans characters as plot twists and villains with mental health disorders are ignorant AF.

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6. And the transphobia in The Silence of the Lambs.

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I loved the movie when I was younger, but as a trans person watching it again as an adult, I couldn't believe how blatantly transphobic is was. It demonised trans people by making the serial killer someone who presented femininely, wanted to be seen by others as a woman, and was therefore obsessed with stealing the skin of random women. Way far beyond fucked up!

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New Line Cinemas

There's a scene in The Wedding Crashers where Vince Vaughn's character wakes up in the middle of the night to his girlfriend tying his arms and legs to the bedposts with rope. She goes on to forcibly have sex with him whilst he tells her to stop numerous times. He later goes on to tell his friend that he was raped, to the friend's amusement. Using a woman forcing a man to have sex with her under duress as a comedy trope is unacceptable.

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20th Century Fox

It's a great movie, apart from the boyfriend. He's an unsupportive jerk. Apparently succeeding in your career is a bad thing. Yes, her boss is terrible but she only needed to put in a year to get to the next level. And her boyfriend couldn't even have Andy's back. She should have dumped him and moved on.

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Disney

I watched Dumbo again when I became a mom, and it is racist AF. In the circus-building song, "Happy-Hearted Roustabouts," the workers are African-American and sing lines such as: "We never learned to read or write," "We don't know when we get our pay/and when we do, we throw our pay away," and "Grab that rope you hairy ape." (There are no apes on screen during that line, FYI.) SO. MESSED. UP.

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12. The fact that Revenge of the Nerds is packed with both sexual assault and murder.

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I loved this series as a kid and even had a themed birthday party one year. But almost all the antics those nerds pulled were either straight-up assault or attempted murder. And having sex with someone when you're wearing a mask and they believe you're their significant other is rape by deception.

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13. The eating disorder jokes in Miss Congeniality.

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It has a ton of eating disorder jokes and comments that just get brushed off and accepted.

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It's absolutely disgusting for moves to joke about mental illness.

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14. The depressing message of The Little Mermaid.

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She sold her voice for a guy she literally just met and knew that if she won his heart, she would never see her family or Atlantica ever again.

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Ariel basically has to use her body – since she can't use her voice – to get Prince Eric to fall in love with her. It's practically teaching kids that using your body instead of your intelligence and words is how you get a man to love you. Um, what?!

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The scene where Rocky is super rapey to Adrian and plays into the "just exhaust her until she says yes" trope. She repeatedly says "no" to him, before he's rewarded with her falling for him in the end.

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16. As well as this moment in The Devil Wears Prada which plays into the same trope.

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Andy Sachs: It's. So. Beautiful.

[Christian waits at the other side of the pole and surprises Andy by suddenly kissing her]

Andy Sachs: I can't do this...

[he kisses her again]

Andy Sachs: Nate and I only split up a few days ago...

[he kisses her again]

Andy Sachs: Oh... I've had too much wine and my heari- visio-... judgement is impaired...

[he kisses her again]

Andy Sachs: I barely know you and I'm in a strange city...

[he kisses her again]

Andy Sachs: I... I'm out of excuses.

Christian Thompson: [smiles] Thank God.

[he kisses her once more]

JFC. That is so far beyond not okay that it made me scream at the TV when I saw it.

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Universal Pictures

It always bothered me how shitty Bender was towards Claire in The Breakfast Club. He literally put his face into her crotch without her consent, yet she still ends up with him? What the fuck?

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18. The treatment of BDSM in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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It presents BDSM as something you just...do. People watch it and think: "Oh, that looks fun, let's do this!" But what they don't realise is that there's a lot of preparation, talking and trust involved. You have to talk with your partner about what you/they are comfortable with, discuss no-gos, boundaries and safe words. Movies like Fifty Shades just show a completely unrealistic picture of BDSM.

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19. The many layers of fuckery in Overboard.

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The original Overboard and all of its remakes are about a spoiled heiress with a head injury who is kidnapped, brainwashed and assaulted. The 2018 film switches genders trying to fly the sexism under the radar but it's just as bad when it happens to the guy!

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20. The scene in 16 Candles where a drunk and unconscious woman is offered up to another guy by her boyfriend.

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I need to talk about how in Sixteen Candles, Jake gave his car to a geek to take home his very drunk and unconscious girlfriend to do whatever he wanted with her – obviously meaning he would be sexually violating her.

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Remember when Jake Ryan "traded" his drunk girlfriend, Caroline, to Ted? And then Ted rapes Caroline? Of course you don't, because it was the 80s where apparently blackout drunk people could consent to sex with someone they'd never met.

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21. Pretty much the entirety of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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I love the cast (Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing) but the film is extremely racist and sexist. The villain is in yellowface, the plot revolves around Asians kidnapping white women for sex and the final showdown is one big slapstick mess where the main white characters laugh while taking out all the "dumb and incompetent" Asian characters. As if that wasn't enough, the other main plot-point is that Millie is only working so that she can land a rich husband – because that is what every woman wants.

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22. The scene in Top Gun where Tom Cruise's character follows Kelly McGillis into the ladies' bathroom to "warn" her off another guy.

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There's a scene where Tom Cruise follows Kelly McGillis into the bathroom, because apparently nothing screams romance like following a woman into the ladies room in order to convince her to sleep with you. It's not romantic or cute, but genuinely scary.

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23. The sword-fight scene in The Mask of Zorro.

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There's a scene where Antonio Banderas's character runs into the stable to hide and finds Catherine Zeta Jones' character. When he first sees her, he looks her up and down like she's a piece of meat instead of a person. Then he cuts her clothes with his sword in order to expose more skin, and when he has her cornered, tells her to stand still only to use his sword to slice her top causing it to fall to the ground. The only reason why viewers don't see her breasts is because of her long, conveniently placed hair.

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24. The concept of Passengers being both creepy and sexist.

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He woke her up and sentenced her to a miserable life and death like his, all because he was lonely and she was cute.

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The carnival scene in The Notebook where Ryan Gosling's character basically coerces Rachel McAdams' character into dating him by hanging from a ferris wheel and threatening suicide or self injury if she doesn't go out with him. It ruined the whole movie for me.

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