Love Actually has been branded as ‘toxic’ due to the way in which one of the film’s characters was ‘fat shamed’ in the classic Christmas movie.
Richard Curtis’s 2003 star-studded festive flick has beed blasted on Twitter as critics label the romantic comedy as ‘creepy’, ‘sexist’, ‘homophobic’ and ‘fat-shaming’.
New-age critics have accused Love Actually writers of being ‘offensive’ in a number of the classic film’s storylines, particularly the scenarios featuring actresses Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon.
One film whizz has said the film – which first shot to theatres over 18-years-ago – was an ‘icky depiction of multiple mediocre men being vile to female characters and generally having their behaviour rewarded’.
More unimpressed viewers have continued to call out the fat-shaming around Martine McCutcheon’s character as the movie continues to be broadcast on TV every Christmas.
In the 2003 movie, Martine McCutcheon plays loveable character Natalie, who falls in love with the Prime Minister – played by Hugh Grant – when she bags a job as his secretary.
Throughout the movie, fans found themselves feeling uncomfortable around the storyline as characters at No 10 repeatedly poke fun at her figure, even branding her ‘fat’.
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After watching the movie over the festive season, hundreds of unimpressed movie fans flocked to Twitter to hit out at the ‘fat-shaming’ and ‘misogyny’ which is embedded in the the film’s storylines.
“Love Actually? No thanks. Watched it once. Not a fan. Watched it last night. Still not a fan. Looking at it now with an older lens, I realise I find it Creepy, stalkerish, ‘fat shaming’, sexually inappropriate and possibly misogynistic. There – I said it. Sorry, not sorry,” one fan fumed.
“Some examples of how they refer to the character played by Martine McCutcheon – ‘plumpy’, ‘the chubby girl’, ‘sizeable a***’, and ‘huge thighs’ – it’s cringy and terrible,” another pointed out.
“I have no idea how this movie is so popular. Martine’s fat-shaming for one is enough to turn me off it. If he was fat, god help the rest of us,” someone else complained.
Meanwhile, a fourth fan fumed: “This movie has so many creepy elements to it and it shouldn’t be shown on TV any longer.”
While many viewers have insisted that the 2003 flick is ‘tone deaf’ in modern society, others have defended the cult Christmas classic.
“Love Actually was relevant to the time it was made in. Back then, if you weren’t stick thin, you were fat. Times change. The movie is still brilliant though,” one Twitter user defended.
“People need to chill. Every movie made back then had elements about them that would be completely cancelled today,” another insisted.
And another chimed: “How anyone can say Love Actually is creepy is beyond me. Let things be what they are without picking them apart all the time.”