Seem like a damaged child? Of course not. She looks exactly like the composed and intelligent child she was. She also knew very well that her critics wanted to silence her.

It’s a story about a girl whose voice and spirit are silenced, and then it’s about her reclaiming her voice on a deeper, truer level. It’s very interesting how the story that I’m trying to tell has been paralleled by the actual events of the making of the film.NY Times

The clip below occurs some time after she is raped as part of her healing process. It shows what a brilliant actor she is. Note the control as she builds confidence in the song.

And what of Fanning now? Going from strength to strength having shrugged off the critics – she continues to act, although not in major roles as she concentrates on her studies. She’s accepted a place at NYU. But then, she’s gifted.

But this is the thing about the warriors of the childhood culture wars. They are actually quite clueless, foolishly causing real abuse in attempting to chase imagined abuse. Perhaps the final word should go to Dakota.

It’s a movie, it’s called acting.

pages: 1 2

One Response to The Childhood Culture Wars: Dakota Fanning

  1. Icthus says:

    Hounddog was so controversial because movie goers grew up watching little Dakota on the big screen since she was about seven. Bastard Out of Carolina is a 1996 movie with a much lessor known eleven year old Jena Malone whose character is first sexual abused, then beaten with a belt and finally, in a gut wrenching scene that left little to the imagination that still haunts me, raped, all by her step-father. (It was a gratifying scene when some men found out about the belt beating of Jena’s character and they beat the you-know-what out of the step-father.) Jena Malone has gone on to be a very respected actress. It is some of the Disney princesses like Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff and, most recently, Miley Cyrus who, once they are old enough, do everything possible to destroy the sweet, innocence projected in their TV/movie characters. Actresses who have been in controversial roles like Chloe Moretz, Natalie Portman, Brooke Shields along with Jena and Dakota, seem to be doing quite well both personally and professionally.

Leave a Reply