Olivia Wilde Is Getting Called Out For Changing Her Tune About The Importance Of The Sex Scenes In “Don’t Worry Darling”

October 14, 2022 / Posted by:

You would think that after Don’t Worry Darling’s astonishing success at the Venice Film Festival  (I’M BEING SERIOUS, YOU GUYS, IT WAS ASTONISHING), Olivia Wilde might want a little break from the intense media scrutiny leading up to the film’s release, but apparently nah. Olivia’s got her nipple out for the cover of Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood issue, and that’s not all she’s serving. She’s also serving “the media” their ass for focusing on the sex scenes in DWD and overshadowing everything else that the movie’s about,” in agreement with comments her star Florence Pugh made to Harper’s Bizarre in August, but contradicting what she herself said a few days later in Variety. Olivia also reiterated her “no assholes” policy saying, we let go of people who aren’t kind all the time, and swears she hasn’t “abandoned her children” in a hot car, one of which I believe!

BuzzFeed points out that during the interminable press cycle leading up to DWD’s release, “which has become the most talked-about movie of the year” and was #1 at the box office its opening weekend, Olivia frequently and feverishly kept talking about how horny this movie starring her boyfriend Harry Styles was gonna be, much to Flo’s chagrin it seems. Here’s what Flo had to say in August:

“When it’s reduced to your sex scenes, or to watch the most famous man in the world go down on someone, it’s not why we do it,” Florence told the publication. “It’s not why I’m in this industry.”

“Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that,” Florence went on, in reference to Olivia’s boyfriend Harry. “That’s just not what I’m going to be discussing because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.”

Whatever it was that prompted Olivia to pivot from decrying the “lack of eroticism in American film,” and heralding DWD as the cure, to tsk-tsking the media for being perverts is anybody’s guess. Olivia now tells Elle:

“I was interested in acknowledging female pleasure that doesn’t come from penetration…. The one area of cinema where I don’t see people being held back [about sex] in this way is queer cinema. Harry has a film coming out, My Policeman, which is a wonderful example of real eroticism that is explored and treated in an adult way without being fetishized or objectified.

“But it’s interesting because Florence very wisely pointed out that a lot of attention has been given to the sex scenes. And I think she’s so right. I completely agree with her that it’s overshadowing everything else that the movie’s about, which is so interestingly ironic because one of the uses of sex in Victory is as a tool of distraction. When Florence pointed that out that this film is so much bigger and better than just the sex scenes, I was so happy that she said that because I feel the same way.”

Olivia’s about face has not gone unnoticed on Twitter and she’s being called out for trying to gaslight the entire population,” by at least one person with no profile pic and zero followers. But many others feel the same!

Olivia also weighed in once again on the media making her private life the center of the story when the actual story is the movie’s 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. And quoted Flo again when doing so.

“It is shocking to see so many untruths about yourself traded as fact,” she says. “Florence had a really wise comment that we didn’t sign up for a reality show. And I love that she put it that way, because it’s as though the general public feels that if you are making something that you’re selling to the public, you somehow have accepted that your life will be torn to shreds by a pack of wolves. No, that’s actually not part of the job description. Never was.”

Somehow I think when Flo said “we” she wasn’t including the film’s primary producer, director, and replacement co-star’s eventual love interest. I kind of think she was just talking about herself and Gemma Chan.

Pic: Cass Bird/Elle

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