Greetings, all. Sorry for the silence, but this might go some way towards explaining why: I’ve got an article up today at UK feminist blog The F Word! It’s about Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, a new biopic of William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman.
The movie has been praised for its acting and direction and it’s a rare positive portrayal of a polyamorous triad relationship onscreen, but Marston’s granddaughter Christie says the family wasn’t consulted and director Angela Robinson makes some wild assumptions about the Marstons’ life together. I got involved on Twitter and created the hashtag #lassothetruth. My article asks whether this movie is really a step forward for polyamorous representation when it doesn’t accurately represent the relationship at its centre – plus, isn’t Wonder Woman supposed to be about truth?
Head over to The F Word to read the full article! And while you’re there, check out my pal Emily Zinkin’s list of fabulous comics by black women for UK Black History Month.
Coming soon: Some Thoughts on the current Wonder Woman run by James Robinson, Wonder Woman ’77, and dropping things off your comics shop pull list (the guilt is real)!
3 thoughts on “#LassoTheTruth – why “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” misses the mark”
I’ve popped back here to comment! XD
Awesome post! Well done.
Couple of random points: under UK law, the dead *can* be libelled. I’m not sure about the US. Still, it has to go beyond the realms of ‘fair comment’ – which is a fair interpretation of the known facts. (The perks of taking A-level law!)
Also, is Luke Evans in this film? Or am I confusing him for someone else? Lol.
(Again, I realise how random my points are!)
Great post Ellie 🙂
Re libel, I was pretty sure on this from my journalism course and Google seems to back me up that it’s actually the same here in the UK as the US – defamation laws don’t cover the deceased, but if the reputations of their friends/relatives are affected, those people can sometimes take action.
Luke Evans is indeed in it! Apparently he did very well.
To an extent, but where the claims may affect the estate of the deceased due to the value of their assets being linked to their reputation (say, anything which may damage sales of their intellectual property,) then malicious falsehood – a purposeful and damaging libel – could come into affect (depending on whether there’s fair comment, etc.) I’m not a lawyer though, obviously! Lol 🙂