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Cultural Revisionism: Woke Remake of Fatal Attraction (1987)

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Like any revolutionary leftist ideology, Wokeism is carrying out a systematic process of cultural revisionism with anything that does not fit its narrative. Now it is the turn of the classic 80’s thriller, Fatal Attraction, starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

If we heed the statements of Lizzy Caplan, the protagonist of the new series for 2023 of Fatal Attraction on Paramount+, we would be facing the umpteenth instance in which a classic is passed through the sieve of woke ideology, which would go on to be narrated in the key of MeToo.

Speaking to Grazia magazine, Lizzy Caplan has said that “the idea that you could never make the 1980s version of this now, shows some degree of progress.” And that this is thanks to the MeToo movement and “what that set in motion,” although she doesn’t think we’ve “reached any finish line,” but it does “show how far we have come.”

Fatal Attraction, another woke remake

What the MeToo movement and radical feminism have set in motion is that, in practice, all current films have an absolutely formulaic female protagonist, each one the same as the next, with no originality or depth in the characters, and following a strict pattern that fits the narrative that the left is trying to impose.

The problem is not only that the feminist ideological corset makes all new female characters boring, but also that they insist on destroying –deconstructing if we use the woke terminology- the classics that are uncomfortable for the left and do not adapt to the narrative they are trying to impose.

The 80’s Fatal Attraction told the story of an infidelity committed by a man who finds himself in a true nightmare because of the criminal obsession he awakens in his lover when he decides not to leave his wife for her.

The fact that the 80’s movie showed that there are perverse women -even worse than an unfaithful man- is something that the feminist ideological tyranny could not let slide. The leftist cultural machinery has set to work to erase the message of the original film.

“The [original] movie still is great. It’s still scary, and makes you ask big questions, but there were two different endings and there was one ending that Glenn Close preferred, but they ended up going for another one,” Caplan explained.

“Glenn Close was sort of fighting to protect her character Alex’s fragile mental illness that she was dealing with. None of that was really reflected in the film. Audiences saw it very much through a 1980s perspective — this amazing guy makes one mistake and now this horrible woman is trying to ruin his life.”

With these statements, the actress hints at how the new series will modify its approach, to adapt it to the prevailing ideology of current times. The iconic character of Alex Foster, of course, would become the victim; in this case, of “mental illness”, which, in the hands of the left, is a euphemism for being oppressed by the patriarchy. The left’s quest to dictate its narrative always involves rewriting history, culture, or both. Fatal Attraction thus presumably becomes the latest progressive woke remake, which pursues a systematic and relentless agenda of cultural revisionism.

Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.

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